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News Updates

New Site Configuration Wizard - Sets up the SP PRO quickly and easily

September 2014

Setting up the SP PRO AU or GO series inverter is now quick and easy with the new Site Configuration Wizard contained in the latest SP LINK software.

Simply enter the SP PRO model number, either the installed myGrid kit or custom battery bank parameters, the Application and the PV Solar configuration. The new Site Configuration Wizard will do the rest. All the necessary configuration parameters will be set by the Site Configuration Wizard, ready for any additional customising before being sent to the SP PRO.

You may download the latest SP LINK from here.

 

New SPLC1200 inverter hits the sweet spot

May 2014

Simpler to install with greater functionality, lower cost and superior performance, the new SPLC1200 15kW inverter makes a lot more sense than the alternative option of inverters in a cumbersome parallel configuration.

As with all inverters in the Selectronic SP PRO family the SPLC1200 is suitable for Solar Hybrid (grid connected) and off grid power systems in either a single phase, three phase or split phase (SWER line) configuration. Compatible with virtually all battery technologies and renewable energy sources the SPLC1200 provides the solution for the simplest and for the most complex power system. The SPLC1200 also works with any grid connected inverter in a Generic AC coupled configuration or a KACO Powador inverter in a managed AC coupled solar powered system.

Detailed specifications and performance information can be found here.

 

 

KACO TL60 impressive performance

November 2013

The TL60 was recently tested by highly respected European Photon magazine and found to be a top performer.
See what they had to say below.

With the Powador 60.0 TL3 INT you have taken the right decision.

This inverter was tested twice with best marks in the PHOTON magazine.

Read the PHOTON review. (PDF 71 kB)

 

Extend the AC Source power of your three phase power system

October 2013

The simple addition of an external three phase contactor circuit into any three phase SP PRO power system will allow the AC source power limit to be increased whilst ensuring a simultaneous connection or disconnect of all three phases. All the controls and settings to operate the external contactor are incorporated into the SP PRO inverter.

Image of SP PRO AC connections

Features of External Three phase contactor.

  • Extend the AC source power up to 180kW. Great when using high capacity Grid supply or large generator.
  • Dry contact relay provides external contactor control.
  • External Current transformers interface directly to the SP PRO inverters.
  • External Contactor circuit may be wired remotely from the SP PRO inverters to avoid long runs of high current load and AC source circuits.
  • Ensures simultaneous disconnect of all three phases of Grid power or generator power sources. Helps to ensure load balance or export balance is maintained.

For more information and wiring configurations please see technical note:

TN0057_02 SP PRO External AC Source Contactor Option (PDF 489 kB)

 

Take Control of your power with SP LINK 7.0

September 2013

SP LINK Version 7.0 is here

Features of Solar Hybrid Control.

  • Eight easy to use priority schedules giving full control of your energy use.
  • Date control – different schedules for each Season
  • Full Day and time control

Each priority schedule gives you control of:

  • When you take power from the grid.
  • The amount of power you take from the grid,
  • How much Export power if any to push into the grid. Stay below your allowed limit.
  • The amount of power taken from the batteries at any given time whilst avoiding over discharge
  • The battery charging source (grid, renewable or both) and charging limit, both based on battery State of Charge
  • When you want to disconnect from the grid.
  • Turning off the SP PRO inverter when not needed.

Now available. Remember to upgrade your SP LINK software before upgrading your inverter firmware.

 

German KACO Grid Inverter now Backup ready

July 2012

Selectronic have re released the KACO 02 series of Grid Tie inverters which can now be upgraded to include a backup power supply in case of grid failure.

Clients can now install a high voltage Grid Tie system using the KACO Grid Inverter with the option of  adding a Selectronic SP PLUS Energy Centre now or at any time in the future. This will require no modification to the existing KACO solar system and will allow the solar system to continue operating even when the grid has failed.

The new features have been developed as a joint research and development project between KACO Germany and Selectronic Australia and are claimed to be the most advanced method of integrating a Grid Tie Solar System with battery Backup system anywhere in the world.

The KACO 02 series is available in single phase with power levels up to 6kW.

The premium quality KACO inverters have been manufactured in Germany since 1998 using an advanced Carbon Neutral manufacturing plant and feature a standard 7 year warranty.

 

Japan looks to Australia for electricity after quake & tsunami

August 2011

The devasting tsunami in Japan earlier this year has caused many widespread issues. Of course how to rebuild the region's power system is a high priority. Japan is looking to Australian technology to assist the rebuilding.

In late July 2011, senior members of Selectronic visited the region along with Austrade Japan to discuss how electricity supply can be improved in the earthquake prone areas. The earthquake has reduced Japan's power generation capability, which could be eased by the use of load levelling technology presently available from Selectronic.

Other options for consideration are solar/wind energy fed to the grid at each home with battery backup. These would improve power security as well as ease the burden on the power grid.

 

Selectronic stand alone inverters born again

July 2011

Lovers of LD, WM and SA series Off Grid inverters will be excited to learn that Si Clean Energy Pty Ltd in Coffs Harbor NSW will be continuing the manufacture, distribution, service and support of these much loved products.

As of July 1st, Si Clean Energy will handle all enquiries including the support and service of all units already in the field.

 

SP PRO increased power

May 2011

Component temperature is a major contributing factor in the failure of any piece of electronics equipment. Performance ratings are usually based on the maximum safe operating temperature of the internal components.

Thanks to some very clever improvements to the thermal path inside our SPMC inverters, we have been able to improve the airflow over some internal components by up to a massive 47%, the result is we now offer you even more power and charge amps in the same size package.

Even better, the dollars per watt will actually reduce. But even better again, until July 1st you can get the new model at the old price.

Diagram of rear of SPMC inverter, showing increased airflow

Model No

Old output power
@ 25°C

New output power
@ 25°C

$ per watt
as of May 2011

$ per watt
as of July 1st 2011

Price reduction
$ per watt

SPMC 240

2800W

3000W

$1.85

$1.74

 6%

SPMC 241

4000W

4500W

$1.59

$1.44

 9%

SPMC 481

4500W

5000W

$1.62

$1.48

 8%

SPMC 482

7000W

7500W

$1.21

$1.14

 5%

 


See our latest PROject

March 2011

We are pleased to announce our SP PRO 3 phase PROject is now well advanced.

Three phase OFF Grid systems can now easily be achieved by using three of any model SP PRO’s (they must be the same model) and a small interface box called SP SYNC. Simply use a communication cable from each inverter to the SP SYNC and you’re ready to go.

The setup with three phases will be the same as single phase by connecting to each inverter using our SP LINK software.
SP PRO three phase compatible models are scheduled to roll off the production line in the second week of May 2011.

Order now, available for delivery mid May 2011, delivery thereafter ex stock.

 

Inverters in our lab during development

Features:
  • 3 phase output from 8.4kW / 24VDC to 54kW / 120VDC
  • 3 x standard SP PRO’s

Note: Due to end of life component supply, our 3 phase PSA inverters will no longer be manufactured. This is effective immediately.

 

 

Back up, back up – a closer look at grid back-up inverter systems

February 2010 - Elena Babitcheva
The line between grid-connect inverters, stand-alone inverters and uninterrupted power supply systems has blurred in recent years, bringing a new generation of inverters. Selectronic’s Elena Babitcheva looks at the potential this development offers not only to improve renewable energy generation, but also to save lives.

Alternative power system designers are now able to upgrade grid-connect clients to a grid back-up inverter system.

An inverter system that has the ability to export excess generated renewable energy to the grid allows system owners to take advantage of the renewable energy certificate (REC) and local feed-in tariff schemes, as well as provide the added security of battery back-up power.

Grid back-up inverters

Grid back-up inverter systems enable grid and battery bank power-use management. For example, an appropriately configured grid back-up inverter can protect owners from the unnecessary costs of exceeding grid power use (tariff) thresholds.

This is important when national grid network changes are considered, with a growing demand on infrastructure, electricity price increases and a wider enforcement of punitive tariffs by energy retailers.

During a power outage, or when a configured grid input limit is reached, a grid back-up inverter automatically provides battery-sourced power to the loads, offering the user peace of mind.

Applications for grid back-up inverters are infinite, from power-dependent commercial and rural applications to residential fringe-of-grid situations.

One Victorian couple saw significant benefits of a grid back-up system: providing power security when it is most needed during the bushfire season.

Grid back-up inverter helping Kinglake family prepare for future fires

Kinglake residents, John and Mary Broda were caught unaware by the 2009 Black Saturday fires.

They had approximately 15 minutes between noticing the smoke over the hill and fighting a blaze on their property.

A major problem faced by the Broda family was having no electricity as power lines were destroyed by the fires.

Like many others, relying on the mains to power emergency equipment such as communications, water pumps and lighting, the Brodas were left with no means to ascertain fire direction and location and no means to defend their property once it arrived.

“We had no warning when fire hit, we just wanted to grab hoses and fight but [we] don’t have mains water so needed electricity to power water pumps to fight the fire. Instead, [we] had to run to the old generator and manually start it, then go to the meter box and switch it over, by then…the front of our place was already burning,” says Mr Broda.

Miraculously, the Broda family and their property have survived with little damage.

Grid back-up inverter automatic switchover

As part of their emergency preparation plan following Black Saturday, Mr and Mrs Broda have now installed an SP PRO Grid Back-Up inverter system (SP Plus Energy Kit) with the expectation that when they experience a power cut, this system will automatically power their house, emergency lighting and fire-fighting equipment, by using electricity stored in pre-charged batteries and an auto-start, back-up generator.

“We like the inverter system because it takes care of itself and does the switching over [from the grid to battery back-up] automatically. You don’t have to worry about it, you just have to grab your hose and off you go,” explains Mrs Broda.

The Broda family had no electricity for a week after Black Saturday. Their new SP PRO inverter back-up system can be expanded to include renewable power sources such as solar, which would allow them back-up power during prolonged grid outages and would reduce their reliance on a diesel generator.

Smoke from approaching fires in front of the Broda family home

This article first appeared in EcoGeneration: Capital Fanfare (Issue 56 January/February10), p60-61.
Selectronic Australia would like to thank John and Mary Broda for kindly sharing their story.

 

The SP PRO Accredited Installer Training is back in Melbourne, February 2010

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Due to high demand, the SP PRO Accredited Installer Training is back! Two training seminars will be conducted in Melbourne in the first week of February 2010.

The SP PRO Accredited Installer Training is part of the Selectronic Accredited Installer Program which aims to recognise and reward installers who take initiative to develop their knowledge of the Selectronic products. Selectronic strongly promotes system owners to use a Selectronic Accredited Installer to install their Selectronic Inverter.

In 2009, Selectronic conducted twelve SP PRO Accredited Installers Training seminars within the Australian states of Victoria, ACT, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia and in New Zealand. The training consists of a one day seminar covering product design features, system integration, installation and field servicing of the SP PRO Inverter Series.

Through this program, Accredited Installers are now able to enjoy a number of commercial advantages and are able to offer a wider variety of SP PRO related services to their customers. These include:

• 40% longer warranty – 5 year warranty is extended to 7 year warranty.
• Warranty maintenance in field.
• Installer priority phone support from the Selectronic Technical Team.

The 2010 training program will enable those who missed out in 2009 to attend. As with the first round of SP PRO training seminar’s it  is expected to book out quickly.

To register or to find out more about the commercial benefits of this program please contact the Selectronic Sales team.

 

Small and smart: Introducing the new 2500W/24V SP PRO inverter

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Are you thinking of installing a Grid Connect system? Upgrade to a Battery Backup with the new 2500W/24V SP PRO inverter (SPMC240-AU). The benefits are worthwhile.

Feed-In-Tariffs and Grid Feed
Take advantage of the Feed-In-Tariffs in your state. SP PRO has a Grid Feed function that allows you to export any excess generated renewable power to the mains electricity grid.

Security of Backup Power
During a power outage, the SP PRO seamlessly switches to backup power sourced from your pre-charged battery, offering you mains quality power and peace of mind.

Once the grid electricity is restored, the SP PRO automatically reverts to providing electricity from the grid, simultaneously recharging your battery and maintaining them in optimum condition for the next use.

Smart “Punitive Tariff’ protection
With some electricity retailers now imposing a summer punitive tariff, the dollars on your bill can add up. The SP PRO can protect you from exceeding your punitive tariff threshold by using battery sourced energy to supplement your power needs, thereby saving you money.
The new 2500W/24V SP PRO inverter (SPMC240-AU) offers the same 40°C rating, features and reliability as its bigger SP PRO brothers.

For full details of the range click here or call 1800 006 474.

 

Selectronic SP PRO Series are now AS4777 approved for grid connect

September 2009

The number of grid-supply power outages caused by storms and bushfires is on the rise. Can your business, community group, or school afford the effects of another blackout?

Say goodbye to the inconvenience and costly effects of power outages on the electricity grid with the new SP PRO series of Interactive Inverter Chargers. SP PRO takes charge of your renewable energy installation, exporting excess energy to the grid while ensuring your battery backup is in optimum condition. When there is a power outage on the electricity grid, SP PRO seamlessly switches to battery backup, allowing you to get on with your business.

SP PRO can also be used in Stand Alone Power systems, ideal for energy installations in remote areas of Australia. Because the SP PRO is designed and manufactured in Australia, it’s built for extreme environments. The SP PRO ratings are specified at 40°C ambient temperature and every SP PRO is equipped with superior thermal power management making it the ideal choice for the Australian climate. SP PRO even comes with up to 7 years warranty when installed by and an SP PRO Accredited Installer, so you won’t be left in the dark.

Brains or brawn? Don’t compromise! The SP PRO has high speed digital processing and has set new standards for reliability, surge capability and power density. The SP PRO is available in three sizes; 3500W/24V, 4000W/48V and 6000W/48V, with a new 2500W/24V model now also released.

For full details of the range and to find out which SP PRO is for you, visit here or call 1800 006 474.


Selectronic goes the extra mile bringing you training and support

May 2009

 

Australia’s premier designers and manufacturers of Solar Controllers and Inverters, Selectronic Australia and Plasmatronics, have joined forces in an Australian Manufacturers Unite Roadshow to promote innovation and leadership from the Australian manufacturers.

Selectronic initiated the roadshow as part of the Selectronic Accredited Installer Training and dealer support program. Selectronic committed to bringing the training to eleven locations, travelling 18,000km around Australia with 2 tonnes of equipment enabling more dealers and distributors to attend at their convenience. Selectronic sees its customers as its most valuable asset and is therefore focused on empowering its distributors, dealers and sales staff with skills to ensure optimum performance of Selectronic products in the field. A system well installed is more reliable and requires less support time for both installer and suppliers. Ultimately, reliable power makes for happier customers and we all know what that means.

Over 150 industry members have attended the Australian Manufacturers Unite Roadshow and SP PRO Accredited Installer Training and there are good reasons for it. The SP PRO Accreditation enables dealers to receive exclusive benefits such as extended product warranty, reduced product prices as well as many other incentives. The accreditation also offers priority phone support and the capability to carry out warranty repairs in field for the SP PRO Interactive Inverter Charger.

The concept of banding together was devised through a desire to keep manufacturing in Australia, with the unfortunate loss of BP Solar manufacturing in Australia. “We wanted to do what we could to make industry aware that design and manufacturing is still very much alive and kicking in Australia”, said Lindsay Hart, Selectronic Sales and Marketing manager.

The main points of focus of the show were the latest innovative features of the new Selectronic ‘SP PRO Stand Alone and Grid Feed Interactive Inverter Charger’, ‘Kaco Grid Connect Inverter’ as well as the ‘PLH 120 volt’ and ‘Dingo’ controllers from Plasmatronics.

Selectronic have had fantastic feedback regarding the roadshow and the training to date from the attendees across Australia. Selectronic and Plasmatronics would like to thank all of those who have attended.

 

Release of SP PRO inverter

February 2009

One of the most anticipated products from an Australian manufacturer in a long time.
The all new SP PRO series is an intelligent and powerful Interactive Inverter Charger.

  • Available in 3 sizes:
    • 6000 watts / 125 amps / 48 V @ 40°C
    • 4000 watts / 83 amps / 48 V @ 40°C
    • 3500 watts / 146 amps / 24 V @ 40°C
  • Vastly improved generator synchronisation
  • Smaller and lighter
  • Near silent performance
  • World leading surge performance
  • Simple easy to read informative LED display
  • Plug and Play or full configuration
  • Free advanced configuration software provides access to over 220 settings
  • Ideally suited to RAPS, Motorhomes, Boats, Industrial
  • Up to 7 year warranty
  • 100% Australian made
  • Excellent dollars per watt
  • Ability to grid feed with battery back up [became AS4777 certified in August 2009]

The expectation of this product is huge, demand has been unprecedented so place your orders now to avoid early disappointment.

Refer to the SP PRO site for full details including our great introductory prices.