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Selectronic Australia attains Australian Made and Owned status for its SP PRO inverter range

23/11/2020

 

Established in 1964, Selectronic Australia has been officially granted the use of the famous Australian Made logo by the Australian Made Campaign Limited (AMCL), bearing the descriptor "Australian Made And Owned" for its range of SP PRO inverter charger products.

This also comes as the family-owned company enters its next phase of growth and moves into a new head office and production facility in Victoria.

Renowned in the industry for its unmatched performance and durability in the toughest environments, the SP PRO range of inverter chargers provide a reliable power solution for renewable energy systems ranging from 3kW to 240kW, powering everything from house boats to entire luxury island resorts.  The logo mark with the descriptor "Australian Made & Owned", will be added to the SP PRO series of inverter products going forward.

Selectronic CEO Rod Scott commented, "Selectronic has always been Australian made, but in these uncertain times there has been a renewed focus in Australia for supporting and buying Aussie made. We are extremely proud to bear this logo on our SP PRO series, not only for ourselves but also for our local supply chain that forms over 83% of components for the SP PRO range.  Australia is a very proud and patriotic country, the fantastic work of the Australian Made Campaign and the famous logo, helps to highlight just what we can produce as a country.  I firmly believe that Australia has the potential to be a world leader in the design and production of products for the Renewables industry."

Australian Made Chief Executive, Ben Lazzaro, said, “We are delighted to welcome Selectronic on board as an Australian Made Licensee for their SP-PRO product range.  Being an Australian family-owned business with a manufacturing history of more than 56 years, Selectronic is an exciting example of Australian manufacturing excellence gearing up for its next growth phase.  The recent move to a new cutting-edge, larger production facility as well as the majority use of local suppliers for their Australian Made products is testament to the increasing demand for locally manufactured goods. By buying Australian now, not only are you getting products made to the highest of manufacturing standards, you are also pumping money back into the economy, creating jobs, strengthen local industries and supporting local communities.”

Selectronic releases Powerchain

04/05/2020

Selectronic Powerchain is here! A new technology feature available via our FREE Selectronic SP LINK software.

Create new systems or upgrade existing installations with up to 240kW of SP PRO power and 480kW of Managed AC Coupled solar.
Link up to 12 SP PRO inverters, four per phase, for off-grid or grid-connected systems.

Powerchain systems provide stable, non-fluctuating voltage and frequency, and can deliver up to 5.76MWh of battery energy per day!

Powerchain is simple to install, with “plug and play” linking between SP PRO inverters, without the need for hubs, current shunts or complex wiring. Just download the latest version of SP LINK now to get Powerchain capability, or contact us to discuss your Powerchain requirements!

 

Selectronic Newsletter February 2020

16/02/2020

 

BIG Selectronic Announcements Made at All Energy 2019

01/11/2019

This year Selectronic did things a little differently during All Energy, with a ticketed "Energy Hub Lunch" event hosted by MPower held during the first day of All Energy.

It was standing room only, with over 140 attendees itching to hear our announcements! Thanks to MPower, along with fellow guest brands GenZ, Cecasa and Hitachi. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Check out this video (courtesy of MPower) to get a glimpse of what you missed! https://youtu.be/5Ny1F56QxPQ

 

We made the following announcements at the event, all to be released in January/February 2020:

  • Plans were revealed for the move to our new Wantirna premises next year, including a Storage Centre of Excellence.  We have some exciting plans for our new base of operations!
  • POWERCHAIN - up to 4 inverters per phase can be connected, giving up to 240kW of SP PRO power, and up to 480kW of Select SUN PV!
  • Fronius SCERT Symo - the Fronius Symo 8.2kW, 10kW, 12.5kW and 15kW models will all be Selectronic Certified (SCERT)!
  • Select.live Upgrade - via the Select.live portal, installers will have complete access to SP LINK!  You can then configure, download and analyse installations from anywhere you have internet access.  Existing installs will be updated automatically over the internet, free of charge!
  • New online tools for installation videos, an online store for parts, accessories and more!
  • SP PRO Accreditation program to be dropped, with all accreditations ending on 31st December 2019. Easier access for everyone to obtain a 10 year warranty for the SP PRO. A new designer training program will commence January 28th 2020!
  • A sneak peek into our future, but for that, you had to be there!!!

Further details on all of the above announcements will be released via email and social media channels very soon!

 

Selectronic adds new 3.5kW model to its industry leading SP PRO Series 2i range.

26/08/2019

Following the recent release of the SP PRO Series 2i range, Selectronic has added the new SMPC480 3.5kW model for smaller applications that still require high quality. The SPMC480 model caters for a growing demand for smaller scale battery storage systems, with a continuous output of 3.5kW to outperform all competing brand equivalents on the market.

An Australian-owned manufacturer of 55 years, Selectronic have continued to rate their world-renowned SP PRO units on a 24/7 basis. In addition to a 3.5kW continuous output, the SPMC480 can also deliver 5.25kW for 30 minutes, 6kW for 1 minute and a peak output of 8.4kW for 30seconds. This new model is also capable of charging batteries from an AC Source at up to 73A DC or 3.5kW. Up to 7kW of managed AC Coupled PV can be connected, or an unlimited amount of DC Coupled PV.

These performance statistics make the SPMC480 a market-leading inverter charger, when compared accurately with all other brand offerings.

The SPMC480 offers all the features of the SP PRO Series 2i range up to 20kW, including Selectronic’s new AC Coupling Recovery mode, which allows a black start with AC Coupled PV. Dual phase or Three phase systems can be achieved by adding additional units for off-grid or grid-connected applications, as well as catering for any battery chemistry, including Lithium battery brands such as BYD, LG Chem and many more. This is all backed up with up to a 10-year warranty and Victoria-based after sales support for consumer peace of mind.

Selectronic Receives Award at 2018 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards

6th June 2018


Ben Carroll MP (left), presents the finalist award to Rod Scott,
CEO of Selectronic Australia (right)

Selectronic were announced as a second place finalist in the New Energy Technologies category in the 2018 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards.  The event took place at the Crown Palladium in the heart of Melbourne CBD on Monday 28th May.

Many applicants were received for New Energy Technologies one of six high growth sector categories that make up the annual event.  The awards recognise exemplary companies and individuals in the manufacturing industry in the state of Victoria. 

Selectronic is a family-owned Australian business for more than 50 years, and a leading manufacturer of multi-mode solar inverter products.  Its flagship model, the SP PRO is made at the Selectronic production facility in Chirnside Park, using over 83% of Australian made parts.

Selectronic CEO Rod Scott, was presented with the finalist award by Ben Carroll, Minister for Industry & Employment.

Rod commented:

“Receiving this award is a fantastic achievement for Selectronic, it symbolises the daily efforts of our hard working team.  These awards celebrate Australian manufacturing and demonstrate that Australia has the opportunity to be a key player locally and to the world in new energy technologies and more specifically, the energy storage market. 

As an Australian-owned manufacturer, we are pride ourselves on the fact that Selectronic products are designed and made in our facility using predominantly Australian made parts, so we make every effort to support Australian manufacturing as a whole.”

The state’s manufacturing industry contributes $27.7 billion to the Victorian economy, with more than 13,000 businesses employing more than 286,000 people.

 

Selectronic celebrates 200,000th Serial Number with the Hon Tony Smith MP

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Selectronic celebrated a milestone event in achieving serial number 200,000 of its product range, at an event held on Tuesday 20th March at its production facility in Chirnside Park, Victoria.  The event was commemorated with special guest the Hon Tony Smith MP, Federal Member for Casey Victoria and Speaker of the House of Representatives.

A family-owned Australian business for more than 50 years, Selectronic is a leading manufacturer of multi-mode solar inverter products which now operates under the guidance of brothers Rod and Ken Scott.  Rod Scott, CEO for Selectronic, guided Tony Smith on a tour of the Selectronic facility, meeting the Selectronic team and learning how the flagship range of SP PRO solar inverter products are made, before helping to load and seal the 200,000th serial numbered product. 

Other visiting guests included key representatives from the Smart Energy Council and Clean Energy Council, of which Selectronic is a founding member.
 
Rod Scott commented:

“We are delighted to celebrate this significant milestone for Selectronic with Tony Smith.  As a team, we pride ourselves on the fact that Selectronic products are designed and made in Australia, something that has not changed for over 50 years.

Given our long experience with off-grid energy systems, we feel it is Australia’s time to shine.  Australia has the opportunity to not just be a consumer, but also a producer and key player locally and to the world in this fast growing energy storage market.”

Having sealed the 200,000th serial numbered Selectronic product, Tony Smith commented:

“It’s great to see Selectronic, a family owned business based in Chirnside Park, successfully operating after five decades of continuous manufacturing.

Rod and his team’s ingenuity and adaptability in developing Selectronic into a leading manufacturer of transformers and inductors are inspiring. To have produced your 200,000th multi-mode inverter unit is a testament to your success as a company.

Today’s milestone is something that all of the team can be truly proud of. It is great to see that Selectronic are exporting quality Australian renewable energy inverter units around the world.”

 

BYD, LG Chem Stand Alone and Sonnenschein Lithium now approved with SP PRO

Thursday, 9 February, 2018

Expanding the flexibility of our products, the SP PRO battery inverter can now be used with the following Lithium batteries.

  • BYD 2.5kWh Lithium Battery modules
  • LG Chem 6.5kWh Rack mount Stand Alone modules
  • Sonnenschein@home Lithium batteries; 6.8 and 9.0 models
  • LG Chem RESU

All of the above are officially approved for both Off Grid and On Grid systems, however you must refer to the battery manufacturer for specific details and installation requirements.

These battery additions will provide integrators with more options for designing quality storage systems. All you will need is the appropriate 48V SP PRO and the matching Battery Communications kit.

Battery Communications kit include the updated Communications Card 2017 and the correct communications cable for the fastest and easiest installation possible.

For the full installation procedure, refer to the following document:

IN0051_06 Installation of Managed Batteries (PDF 1.06 MB)

 

 

myGrid - Discontinued

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

New CEC Battery Installation Guidelines for Accredited Installers become mandatory on November 1st 2017. The current myGrid box does not comply with all of the requirements of the new guidelines. Therefore all myGrid products will be discontinued from November 1st.

 

Bill Shorten and Kim Carr visit Selectronic

Friday, 9 June 2017

Today Bill Shorten, Federal Leader of the Opposition, and Kim Carr, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research visited Selectronic Australia in Chirnside Park, Melbourne.

The Labor politicians visited Selectronic to show their support of Australian manufacturing in the renewable energy sector.

Their visit coincided with the release of the Finkel report which is an independent review into Australia’s national electricity market.

Mr Shorten and Mr Carr seemed genuinely impressed with our operation and how the SP PRO is contributing to energy security for many Australians.

A transcript of the media release can be found at billshorten.com.au.

      

         

 

 

SP PRO + LG Chem RESU = outstanding storage

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Any SP PRO Series II can have a new 2017 Comms Card added to work with single phase LG Chem RESU batteries. These cards are now available.

The LG Chem RESU/Selectronic pairing will provide customers with a quality solution to not only reduce their electricity spend, but will also provide a steady flow of power during grid outages.

“We’re excited to now be compatible with the leading Australian inverter manufacturer,” said Jamie Allen, Business Manager, Australia and Pacific, at LG Chem. “Selectronic has over 35 years of providing Australian-made energy storage solutions for both on- and off-grid applications. It’s an exciting prospect to see the two companies come together to provide such flexible solutions.”

The integration of LG Chem’s RESU series with Selectronic’s world-class inverter has gone through significant testing by both companies to ensure the best solution. There are more than 30 field test sites around Australia enjoying the benefits of this rock-solid combination.

“Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of lithium solutions come and go,” said Rod Scott, CEO at Selectronic. “We’ve been in the industry for a long time, and are careful to put out the right solutions and partner with the right companies. Working with LG Chem was a good opportunity and a great fit for Selectronic”.

Important: The 2017 Comms Card must be added to the SP PRO in order for this integration to operate. The 2017 Comms Card should be ordered from your usual place of purchase.

For full details on adding the 2017 Comms Card, access the installation note IN0047.

 

The Selectronic Certified Fronius Primo inverter is now capable of wireless communication with the SP PRO via an RS485 device

Wednesday, 11 April 2017

You may have been faced with the cost and difficulty of running cables underground, especially on system upgrades using Selectronic's Managed AC Coupling.

We can now solve that problem with RS485 wireless communications between any SP PRO and the first Selectronic Certified Fronius Inverter.

  • Suitable for SP PRO Series II and Series I (with additional an additional adaptor)
  • A distance of up to 200m line of sight between the antennas is possible
  • The range of the devices can be extended even further by using a patch antenna 

 For full details, access the installation note IN0048 from here.

 

 

Parliamentary briefing on Energy Storage

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

CEO Rod ScottToday our CEO Rod Scott,  attended a special Parliamentary briefing on Energy Storage in Canberra. We are proud that was there to bring attention to our home-grown solutions.

All Federal MPs and Senators, across all political parties, were briefed on residential, commercial, utility-scale, on-grid, off-grid and micro-grid energy storage.

See the video of John Grimes from the Australian Solar Council leading the briefing: https://www.facebook.com/Australian.Solar.Council/videos/1050918031676434/

 

 

 

 

 

Solar Pioneers

Friday, 17 March 2017

Congratulations to Lindsay Hart and Ken Scott for well and truly being qualified to attend the Solar Pioneers celebrations in Sydney on Friday night, 17 March.

These Selectronic legends contributed 70 of the 2129 years of experience gathered in the room.

Special mention to Lindsay, who with Kathleen Ryan of Winaico and Nigel Morris of Solar Analytics, was one of the organisers of the hugely successful gathering.

 

 

Energy Storage Council summit

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Selectronic’s CEO, Rod Scott, joined Bill Shorten, Leader of the Opposition, and Mark Butler, the federal Shadow Minister for the Environment and Energy, at the Energy Storage Council roundtable summit yesterday.

They discussed opportunities for energy storage for residential & commercial applications for on-grid, off-grid and micro-grid scenarios – something that we have been doing for more than 35 years!

 

 

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".

 

 

 

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 the Member for Evelyn

While visiting Selectronic’s headquarters in Chirnside Park today to announce the grant, the 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.

 

 

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