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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.

 

Selectronic at All Energy 2015

October 2015

Selectronic's stand at All EnergyThank you to everyone who dropped by the Selectronic stand at All Energy 2015 last week. Every year we talk about how busy the show was but this year we were truly blown away by the number of people who came by for a chat and to see what we have been up to over the past twelve months. It was wonderful to see all the familiar faces and also very heartening to see the interest that our inverters are generating in people who were not so familiar with Selectronic before visiting All Energy. 

Interest in Selectronic was so high that it was lucky we had arranged for our distributors to help man our stand. It was a great opportunity for the guys from Krannich, MPower and Solar Charge to interact with customers, both old and new. And thank you to Si Clean Energy for promoting Selectronic on their stand.

We were kept very busy scanning the name tags of many of the people who visited our stand as well as filling out information requests for those who had specific enquiries. We will be in touch within the next two weeks
to address the myriad of questions and suggestions that were put to us over the two days.

A special mention to all those Accredited Integrators who wore their official Selectronic shirts to the show. It was great to see Con Whale, Newman Mundy, Peter Varney, Phil Hapgood , Trevor Robotham  and Geoff Boadle -  just to name a few -  in their Selectronic shirts. It’s a shame you all couldn’t have won our competition.  It was great to see a few people entering into the spirit of things and using our prop to tag themselves on Facebook to gain an extra entry – good on you Geoff and Peter! Congratulations to the actual winners –Mark Lewis from Cola Solar on Wednesday and Jade Fennell from 5B Australia on Thursday. They were both thrilled with their hi-vis rain jackets, cordless drill kit and tool bag; according to Mark it was the first thing he’s won other than a chook raffle!

There was great interest in the new myGrid Lithium kit which is due for release in February 2016. The Sonnenschein high current lithium batteries are perfectly matched to the high output SP PRO range, allowing very high peak outputs for both off and on grid applications. We were also pleased to promote the close integration between our SP PROs and the Ecoult Ultra battery. Selectronic have assisted Ecoult in testing this new technology; around 10 sets have been in field trials over the past 2-3 years.

Rod Scott, our Sales and Marketing Manager, spoke to a full house at the Install Issues session in the Professional Development Theatre on Wednesday afternoon. There was a surge of interest to our stand after Rod’s talk, with people interested in a road test of Selectronic’s new solar calculator named Stella. We will be releasing a beta version of Stella on our website soon.

The ATRAA dinner on Thursday night, which incorporated the CEC Solar Design and Installation Awards, capped off an extremely successful All Energy exhibition for Selectronic. Congratulations to Brian England from Self Sufficiency Supplies for winning the Stand-alone Solar PV Power System Design and Installation. Brian used three SP PROs to manage this off-grid installation. The EnvrioGroup was a finalist in the Grid-Connect Battery Back-up category and they also used SP PROs as the centrepiece of their installation.

We hope that all those who visited our stand at All Energy 2015 are using their Selectronic sunscreen and wearing their Selectronic caps. Remember, Selectronic has you covered!

 

 

 

Brian England from Self Sufficiency Supplies wins CEC Award using SP PROs

October 2015

Congratulations to Brian England from Self Sufficiency Supplies for winning the Stand-alone Solar PV Power System Design and Installation category at the 2015 Clean Energy Council Solar Design and Installation Awards.

Brian used three SP PROs to manage this off-grid installation.

And in a happy instance of synchronicity, there is a detailed article in this week’s One Step Off the Grid showcasing the installation.

Click here to go to the article.

 

 

 

 

Installation of the SP PRO GO Series on the AusNet Services distribution network

September 2015

Selectronic Australia is pleased to announce that they have provided a Factory Acceptance test for their highly acclaimed, Australian-made, SP PRO GO series of grid-connected inverters in relation to connection to the AusNet Services electricity distribution network.

The SP PRO GO series has been specifically designed to allow consumers to self-consume their solar energy whilst complying with any grid export limits imposed by the utility company. The SP PRO GO series have export limits hard-wired into the inverter. With the correct SP PRO GO, you will only export exactly what the utility has allowed – even if this is zero.

While AusNet Services does not endorse or approve specific products, Selectronic has provided AusNet Services with a Factory Acceptance test for each of the SP PRO GO models. This means that if the system is installed according to Selectronic recommendations, AusNet Services does not currently require an export proof commissioning test by the installer. Selectronic believes this will streamline both the installation and approvals process.

Many customers are choosing the Selectronic SP PRO GO to give them more choice over how they use grid power.

SP PRO GO Series models

SPMC240-0.0 SPMC241-0.0 SPMC481-0.0 SPMC482-0.0 SPMC1201-0.0 SPLC1200-0.0 SPLC1202-0.0
SPMC240-2.0 SPMC241-2.0 SPMC481-2.0 SPMC482-2.0 SPMC1201-6.0 SPLC1200-15.0 SPLC1202-20.0
SPMC240-2.5 SPMC241-2.5 SPMC481-3.0 SPMC482-3.0      
  SPMC241-3.0 SPMC481-4.0 SPMC482-4.0      
  SPMC241-3.5   SPMC482-4.9      
      SPMC482-5.0      
      SPMC482-6.0      

 

Selectronic will be at All Energy 2015

Our world-renowned bi-directional inverter chargers will be on display at All Energy in Melbourne, 7 & 8 October.
Come visit us at stand 2323 to see how Selectronic can help you manage every aspect of your energy needs.

On our stand, you will find:

  • Latest product and service developments
  • News about battery storage options
  • Expert advice
  • Competition for a great prize pack

 

Selectronic making waves in Hawaii

August 2015

Selectronic was one of only three Australian companies to exhibit at the Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit and Expo (APRISE2015) held in Honolulu, Hawaii from August 24-26, 2015. Selectronic were displaying their SP PRO, the Australian made bi-directional inverter charger.

Rod Scott with Sean Jobe
Rod Scott, Sales & Marketing Manager at Selectronic
with Sean Jobe, Business Development Manager at Ecoult.

APRISE2015 focused on innovation in the resilience pillars of energy, agriculture, water and security.  The aim of the event was to collaboratively seek out new solutions for the island communities of the Asia Pacific who are already facing the impact of climate-change.  Rod Scott, Marketing Director of Selectronic, observed that “Resilience was the real focus of the event. People at the expo were looking for solutions that gave them reliable autonomy.  We were able to show how our intelligent inverters combined with battery storage can give them control of their energy usage.”

Selectronic shared an exhibition booth with Ecoult, the Sydney-based company who were showcasing their UltraBattery, a new battery storage system featuring brand new technology invented and incubated by the CSIRO in Australia. Says Rod, “It was a real bonus to be able to show the delegates how Selectronic’s inverters and Ecoult’s batteries can work together to allow energy self-consumption - two Australian companies providing a combined solution.”
Rod spoke to delegates from Hawaii, Guam, Jamaica and others operating throughout the Caribbean. He was struck that their requirements were similar to customers in Australia – they wanted a reliable and flexible inverter-charger that worked in both off-grid and solar hybrid situations.  Fortunately Selectronic has been manufacturing battery-based inverters since 1981!

Hawaii was the ideal location for a conference focusing on resilience innovation; in June this year the US state signed into law its intention to become completely energy self-sustaining, using 100% renewable sources by the end of 2045. Rod was impressed by the collaborative approach that all stakeholders are taking to achieve this target. “The government, retailers and distributors all seem to be working together to achieve this goal.  APRISE 2015 showed me how it’s possible for all stakeholders to work together for a cleaner, greener future.”

 

ABB inverters now SP PRO compatible

March 2015

The highly acclaimed Selectronic Managed AC Coupling for Battery Systems has added selected single phase ABB inverters to the list of compatible Grid Tie inverters.

Compatible models will now be marketed using the “Selectronic Certified” branding and are only available from Selectronic and our distribution network.

Selectronic Certified ABB inverters will only be available through the normal Selectronic supply channels with very good lead times.

Each ABB inverter is supplied with an interface adaptor which is installed inside the SP PRO and then connects to the ABB inverter via a standard supplied network cable. Up to 5 ABB inverters can be handled by a single SP PRO. Any SP PRO with Rev 21 hardware revision (Feb 1st 2015 manufactured onward) is compatible with ABB Selectronic Certified inverters.

 

 

Selectronic Australia turns Fifty

December 2014

It’s not every day that an Australian Electronics Manufacturer turns 50, but that’s what Selectronic Australia did just last month. Since 1964, Selectronic Australia has manufactured electronics from various facilities in Melbourne. So what better way to celebrate than with a party!!!

On November 27th, a beautiful Melbourne spring afternoon greeted Selectronic Staff and long term customers who had gathered at the Foothills Conference Centre in Mooroolbark, Victoria, complete with its wonderful Australian bush garden setting. After a few refreshments for customers, some who had travelled from as far away as Indonesia, Selectronic MD Ken Scott and other senior staff welcomed their guests with a summary of the company so far and some indications of what lies ahead for this proud Australian company. This session closed with a very clever and thought provoking video from Selectronic about the plight of PV and the Electricity utilities. You can view the movie here (link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSq7ue0YTsM)

 

Pre-Dinner drinks were accompanied by some great Aussie music by local singer Angela Robinson, while the room was littered with memorabilia from the past and a few photos that raised a laugh or two.

 

Once inside the dining room, MC and comedian Ben Price got things off to a great start with impersonations of a couple of characters from the 60’s, while MD Ken Scott explained the company through the sixties, honouring his late parents Brian & Lois Scott who founded the business in humble beginnings in Boronia in 1964, and Angela rounded out that decade with a couple of Aussie songs from that era.  As the night unfolded, each decade of Selectronic’s rich history was presented by Lindsay Hart and then Rod Scott with characters, stories and finishing with more Aussie classic songs from Angela. 

For dessert, Ben Price presented his favourite “Tim Tam” character, while Selectronic showed its character by acknowledging long term staff members of the company for many years of service and presented awards to high achieving customers.  Nick Chapman from Solar Works in Cairns was awarded the inaugural “Selectronic Hall of Fame” award for loyalty, skill and, of course, consistent sales over the years.

A huge Anniversary cake was wheeled out to mark the special occasion with photographs with the staff.

A further award saw Nate Shaw from Eco Coast Solar win the 50 year anniversary Gold SP PRO for his efforts at the All Energy Exhibition competition.

As the night drew to a close, stories from days gone by were still being swapped and the problems of the Renewable Energy Industry were being solved, if only they could remember the solutions the next morning at breakfast!

This unique night will certainly go down as one of laughs, memories and recognition of this very special Australian Company.

 

 

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_03 SP PRO External AC Source Contactor Option (PDF 489 kB)

 

 

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