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SP PRO compatible with SimpliPhi lithium batteries

Monday, 5 December 2016

We're pleased to announce that SimpliPhi Power has endorsed the use of the SP PRO with SimpliPhi's line of Lithium Ferrous Phosphate (LFP) energy storage products. This installation by Greenwood Solutions just went live in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.

A letter from SimpliPhi Power's Vice President of Sales states, "Based on our extensive review of documentation provided by Selectronic, combined with customer feedback from the field, we find that our products are compatible and can be safely integrated by properly trained professionals following manufacturers' specifications".

For more information on SimpliPhi batteries in Australia, contact DPA Solar.

 

 

 

Victorian project to make energy storage more affordable

Thursday, 1 December 2016

The Victorian Government has awarded Selectronic Australia $250,000 in grant funding as part of the New Energy Jobs Fund.

These funds will make an important contribution to a project to make renewable energy storage systems more efficient and cost effective.

Selectronic will be working with other project partners including Relectrify to use shared communications protocols to enable plug-and-play between intelligent inverters, batteries and weather forecasting apps.

Says Rod Scott, CEO of Selectronic Australia,  “This project with ensure that the Victorian new energy industry leads the way through delivering sophisticated forecasting and increased system efficiency within existing locally-developed technology.”

Rod Scott with Valentin Muenzel and Christine FyffeRod Scott, CEO of Selectronic tours the factory
with Valentin Muenzel, CEO of Relectrify
and Christine Fyffe, Member for Evelyn

While visiting Selectronic’s headquarters in Chirnside Park today to announce the grant, Christine Fyffe, State Member for Evelyn said: “The research work and practical application being carried out by Selectronic Australia will enable Victoria to be at the forefront in the universal demand for clean energy.”

This project is the first in Australia to use SunSpec communication protocols to enable compatibility between locally made components – inverters and batteries – as well as integrating third party software, such as weather forecasting apps, into the system.

Amidst the flood of new batteries hitting the Australian market, Relectrify battery systems take the unique approach of re-using capable battery cells.

“It is a pleasure to team up with Selectronic Australia to tackle this industry-leading project,” says Valentin Muenzel, CEO of Relectrify. “We believe the intelligent battery solutions that will be demonstrated in this project, hold tremendous cost and sustainability benefits for households in Victoria and beyond.”

In Victoria more than 14% of households have local solar generation and there are more than 1.5 million small-scale PV solar systems installed across the country.

Australia is expected to be one of the largest markets for battery storage due to the high cost of electricity, the large number of households with solar panels and Australia’s excellent solar resources.

The sticking point is that the cost of energy storage still remains high with long pay-back times; this project aims to reduce that payback time and give people more control over their power choices.

 

Fronius LogoFronius joins range of Selectronic Certified grid-tie inverters

Monday, 24 October 2016

Selectronic has expanded its offering of Selectronic Certified grid-tie inverters to include five models of the Fronius Primo range.

Image of Fronius Primo inverterA Selectronic Certified grid-tie inverter is the first step in building a solar power system with maximum efficiency and ultimate flexibility. Selectronic Certified inverters have additional communications to enable the SP PRO multi-mode inverter to manage the PV output resulting in perfect control of the solar power system - this is known as Managed AC Coupling connectivity and was pioneered by Selectronic in 2010.

A Selectronic Certified grid-tie inverter may be used in all types of solar power systems; grid-connect with or without batteries or fully off-grid.

It is a cost-effective, future-ready solution for those who want solar but are not yet ready to add battery storage to their system. Batteries and an SP PRO can be added later with seamless integration.

Says Rod Scott, CEO of Selectronic, “Selectronic and Fronius are aligned in many ways – not only does the SP PRO integrate seamlessly with the Selectronic Certified Primo and batteries to give people more choice and flexibility over how their home is powered, but we share the foundation of being a family-run company with a commitment to reliability and customer support.”

The Selectronic Certified Fronius Primos are available in power ratings from 3.0 to 8.2 kW.

Fronius is the latest inverter to join the Selectronic Certified range which already includes the ABB PVI grid-tie inverters.

Fronius Australia Managing Director, Adrian Noronho, commented, “To expedite the realisation of our of 24hrs sun vision we need to form strong partnerships with reliable partners. Selectronic is a proven, quality manufacturer in the electronics industry with innovation at their core and a shared passion for clean energy - together we can make the transition to 100% renewables a faster one.”

Whether a Solar Hybrid system or fully off-grid, a Selectronic Certified Fronius inverter will integrate seamlessly with an SP PRO to give you the ultimate solar power system.

 

Solar + Batteries and a supportive Facebook group helped during an extended power outage in the Dandenong Ranges

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Iresha Klinbail, the mother of a 12 week old baby, generously offered the use of her fridge and freezer to local mothers to store their expressed breast milk and food during the past two days’ power outages.

Iresha and her husband installed a Solar + Storage system on their home in Selby last year to enable them to utilize more of their solar generated energy. The system has the added benefit of being able to power their home from the energy stored in the battery bank when the electricity grid goes down.  Their home storage system features a locally manufactured battery inverter, the SP PRO, made by Selectronic Australia just down the road in Chirnside Park.

Iresha is a member of a local Facebook group for mothers located in and around the Dandenongs. The group offers support, advice and acts as a social hub for mums in the hills and surrounding suburbs. As soon as the power went down, members started posting and sharing information about the outages.

Iresha realised she was in a unique position by still having power. “We figured we had the ability to help so it didn't make sense to not offer. We've got a 12 week old and I'd be devastated if I lost expressed milk.” At least one local mum took up her offer and Iresha was able to pick up the milk and store it for her.

Says Rod Scott, CEO of Selectronic, "“We’re thrilled that our SP PRO was able to keep everything on at Iresha’s home over the past few days and are impressed with her community-minded spirit. Luckily we didn’t lose power at my home in Ferntree Gully this time, but there have been many occasions over the years when we’ve been the only home with lights on in our street.  It’s also great to see local families supporting local manufacturers. There are hundreds of SP PROs installed throughout Melbourne and we know that at least they weren’t amongst the 22,000 without power over the past couple of days."

 

ZCell shines with Selectronic

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

ZCell LogoAustralian battery company Redflow Ltd today announced that its new ZCell battery is compatible with the SP PRO battery inverter from Melbourne-based electronics manufacturer Selectronic Australia.

ZCell is a 10 kilowatt hour (kWh) zinc-bromine flow battery that can ‘timeshift’ solar power from day to night, store off-peak power for peak demand periods and support off-grid systems. Redflow last month announced its first ZCell installers, providing national coverage for quoting and installing ZCell-based energy storage systems.

Redflow undertook extensive testing of the Selectronic SP PRO battery inverter at its Adelaide battery integration and testing lab to ensure it works with ZCell, a process simplified by the purpose-built ZCell battery management system (BMS).

Selectronic is a 52-year-old Australian company that designs and manufactures battery inverters which are sold in Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe and South America. The SP PRO is a smart multi-mode inverter that suits both off-grid and solar hybrid (grid-connect) installations for residential, commercial and industrial projects.

Redflow CEO Simon HackettSelectronic CEO Rod Scott welcomed the news of the SP PRO compatibility with ZCell. “ZCell is a unique battery from a capacity point of view, recycling and longevity,” he said. ‘We see a good fit between our reliable long-lasting battery inverters and ZCell.”

Redflow CEO Simon Hackett said Selectronic was a very popular battery inverter among its installers. “The SP PRO is a wonderfully flexible inverter that can be configured to fit any energy storage requirement, whether on or off-grid, across residential or commercial applications,” he said. “Selectronic is a much loved product in the Australian energy storage industry and we are delighted to certify that the SP PRO works with ZCell.”

Both Selectronic and Redflow will display their latest products at this week’s All-Energy 2016 Exhibition in the Melbourne Convention and Entertainment Centre on Tuesday, October 4, and Wednesday, October 5.

Redflow CEO Simon Hackett

 

Selectronic at Solar Energy 2016

Monday, 16 May 2016

Selectronic Stand at Solar Energy 2016Thank you to all those who visited us at Solar Energy 2016 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre last week. Over 4500 people attended the show and it felt like most of those visited our stand at some point over the two days! We scanned a record number of attendees onto our stand and will contact those delegates via email in the next week or so.

It was heartening to hear those who have used our products extolling the virtues of the SP PRO and we also appreciated the opportunity to introduce our range of smart bi-directional inverters to a new audience.

The Sales and Marketing department, consisting of Lindsay Hart, Craig Hunter, Stephanie Paterson and Amanda Lenihan were kept so busy chatting to people that we really appreciated some of the guys from Krannich and MPower helping us our on our stand each day.

Rod Scott details the 50 year history of Selectronic at Solar Energy 2016 

Rod Scott, our Sales and Marketing Director, spoke across all three conference streams and was able to share his experiences of the booming interest in solar plus storage to hundreds of interested delegates.

Thank you to all those people who entered the SP PRO Star and Wish competition. We are collating the feedback on the star feature of the SP PRO and the feature that people wish our inverter-charger possessed. Congratulations to Warren from New World Solar Solutions & Ben from Phase Electrical & Energy Solutions who won $200 Red Balloon vouchers - the flexibility of their prize matches the flexibility of our SP PRO!

 

If we missed you at Solar Energy 2016, hopefully you can catch us at All Energy in October.

 

 

A 10 year warranty from a company you can trust

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

How do you make a great product even better?
From 1 April 2016 we extended our warranty on the SP PRO series and improved our prices - and that's no joke!

It's now possible to receive up to 10 years warranty on an SP PRO series in Australia & New Zealand and up to 5 years in other countries - all this is backed by a company that's been around for more than 50 years.

Warranty Requirements from 1 April 2016 for Australia/New Zealand

Total Warranty Duration

You are the original purchaser of the SP PRO. 3 years
You are the original purchaser & you have registered your warranty online within 60 days of installation 7 years
You are the original purchaser & you have registered your warranty online within 60 days of installation & your SP PRO was installed by a Selectronic Accredited Integrator (SAI). You have supplied a valid SAI number when registering your warranty online. 10 years

Click here for the warranty registration page.

On top of all this, we have made new commitments to pricing. Contact your Selectronic Distributor today for an updated price list.

Relax, Selectronic really does have you covered.

 

KACO Asia to commence servicing all KACO products for Australia & New Zealand

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

From 1 June 2016, Selectronic will no longer be the service agent for KACO grid tie inverters in Australia and New Zealand. From this date, KACO Asia will take responsibility for the service and repair of their products in the Asia-Pacific region.

KACO Asia is in the process of implementing their new service protocols for Australia. We will continue to support our customers and assist in any way we can to reduce the impact of the transition to KACO Asia, and post further updates once arrangements are finalised.

Selectronic have a long association with KACO, beginning with the distribution of the KACO Powador in 2008. In 2013 KACO recognized our SP PRO bi-directional inverter as being one of the most advanced in the world and began to distribute it in Europe under the brand name, the 'blueplanet gridsave eco'. Another container of our Australian designed and manufactured inverters left for Germany late last year. Despite the cessation of our service agreement in Australia, Selectronic expects the export of the 'blueplanet gridsave eco' to continue to prosper.

KACO Asia (Korea)
Phone: +82 31 732 7300
Email: kacoas@kaco-newenergy.kr

If you need any further clarification on this matter, please contact us.

 

Selectronic Australia – Germany needs us!

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Mayor Tony Holland and some of the staff at SelectronicYesterday, the new Mayor of Knox, Cr Tony Holland visited Selectronic Australia’s premises in Chirnside Park to witness a container of 95 of our Australian-designed and manufactured inverters leaving for Germany.

Selectronic is a company that has been manufacturing for more than 50 years with humble beginnings in Boronia in 1964. The company has been designing and manufacturing inverters since 1981. These inverters allow you to manage and store excess energy generated from a renewable source such as solar panels.   

The Germans invented this technology – Selectronic perfected it. Selectronic exports to countries all over the globe including Germany which is generally regarded as manufacturing the best solar equipment. The German company, KACO, recognises the superiority of these inverters and distributes them in Europe under their own brand name.


Mayor Tony Holland inspecting the production line at Selectronic Australia“We are looking to build our export market over the next 12 months – one container per month equals 100 new permanent full-time Australian jobs. These new jobs would be both at our head-quarters here along with new jobs at our Australian suppliers. New jobs would include production, engineering as well as research and development” says Rod Scott, Selectronic’s Director of Sales and Marketing.

Selectronic is extremely proud that it manufactures its products right here in Melbourne. The company employs approximately 35 people here in Chirnside Park.

Mayor Holland commented, “I am personally very supportive of any growth in Australian jobs but particularly with Selectronic as they started the business in Knox in 1964. I believe the renewable industry is integral to our future; it’s exciting to have an Australian company leading the way.”

 

 

The Ecoult Installer's Seminar Roadshow comes to Selectronic

Monday, 9 November 2015

This morning energy storage manufacturer, Ecoult, hosted a room full of solar installers at Selectronic’s headquarters in Chirnside Park, Melbourne. Ecoult were here to promote their Ultraflex 48V Plug ‘n’ Play Energy Storage Range.

The Ultraflex system is designed to use their high-cycling, energy-efficient UltraBatteries in commercial and residential applications, providing more than 11kWh usable storage and 25kW of peak power.

Selectronic's training room was the ideal choice for the Melbourne leg of the roadshow. Selectronic's inverters and Ecoult’s batteries are already working together in many installations throughout Australia.

Selectronic is proud that our SP PRO bi-directional inverter charger is ‘battery agnostic’; it has a highly configurable set of battery charging parameters using our SP LINK software. Here you can adjust the voltage, maximum current and the time of each of the five possible charging stages. This means that almost any battery technology can be used with a SP PRO.

Ecoult recognises that the SP PRO is one of the most sophisticated, reliable and trusted inverters on the market and chose to partner their batteries with our inverters in installations as varied as remote off-grid telecom sites and grid-connected commercial premises.

 

 

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