Morningstar is involved in the largest rural electrification project in the world, in Peru, where the government is bringing solar electricity to over 175,000 homes plus community centers. Morningstar will be exhibiting at Intersolar Europe booth #B3.160

Talking Intersolar 2018 with Morningstar Corporation

Contributed by | Morningstar Corporation

 

Tell us about Morningstar Corporation

Morningstar Corporation is a world-leading supplier of solar charge controllers & inverters, with over 3 million units installed in over 100 countries. Morningstar’s products have been recognized in international solar markets as the most advanced and highest quality products available.

 

Your company will be exhibiting at Intersolar & EES, what is it that makes this an important event for your company?

It is both our 25th Anniversary as a company as well as the debut of one of its most important products in its history: the MultiWave High Frequency Inverter-Charger (more information below).  So this is a “double milestone for Morningstar: celebrating 25 years as the leader in charge controllers, and marking a new direction into power conversion and a more complete renewable energy system with the new inverter.  Morningstar has well over 3 million products in the field and one of the lowest hardware failure rates in the industry, so to say our product and brand are “proven under extreme conditions” is a gross understatement—we set a standard so high for reliability that other brands use Morningstar components inside their own energy system packages.  25 years is much longer than many other companies in our category have been around—we have individual best-selling models, such as our ProStar charge controller, that have been leaders longer than other companies have been in business.  So this show and this anniversary are both a reflection on the values upon which we’ve built our reputation, and a look forward to the next products that will enable solar installers to keep building their reputations on ours.

 

What can a visitor to your booth expect to see this year?

New products, new people and new marketing.  Morningstar is an employee-owned company with very low turnover, and when we add to our team it’s a significant step.  They’ll also see some dramatic applications for our products.  For example, Morningstar is involved in the largest rural electrification project in the world, in Peru, where the government is bringing solar electricity to over 175,000 homes plus community centers.  We designed and engineered an innovative “energy box” that’s powering a large percentage of the systems in this initiative, and visitors will be able to see on in our booth along with our advanced new products below.

Morningstar will be exhibiting at Intersolar Europe booth #B3.160

Any new products you will be introducing?

  Three innovations from Morningstar:

  1. MultiWave™  4kW Inverter   48V Battery input/120 or 230 Vac output

The MultiWave™ will establish a new benchmark for battery-based inverters. Combining the surge and power capabilities of a low frequency inverter with the agility and compactness of a high-frequency design, MultiWave will deliver more power with less weight, and achieve peak efficiency in excess of 95% across a wide load range.  The new 4 kW Inverter/Charger is part of a line that will include 120, 120/240 and 230V AC versions and is designed for the global marketplace. Flexible and easy to install, MultiWave has a high-resolution display for programming and data access. Optional DIN rail-mounted “BOS block” I/O expansion devices allow adding-on sophisticated generator control, automated load shedding, and system monitoring alert capabilities.  Available late  2018

  1. EnVision cloud-based web service

Collect data from all the sites you need to manage

·        Easy to set-up with Morningstar's Ethernet MeterBus Converter

·        Highly scalable for simultaneous monitoring of thousands of sites

·        Organize remote sites, systems, and devices

·        Server-based notifications of faults and alarms

·        Receive site metrics in real-time

·        Highly secure encrypted data transport

  1. Essential Series

Renowned Morningstar technology and reliability is now available to consumers for a wide range of applications.  Built on Professional Series’ quality,  Essentials components have the basic features required for small residential and other projects.  Essential Series achieves a lower price point by eliminating select advanced features found in  the Professional Series, and is available in selected global markets.  Morningstar distributors  can provide more information.

 

When you get a chance to walk the exhibit hall floor yourself, what is it you will be most interested to see?

We’ll be looking at applications for our products.  Areas in which we are a “reference standard” include oil & gas production, small residential, rural electrification, and RV/marine.  But we have integrators now using our products in everything from advanced fuel-cell systems to security monitoring at nuclear facilities.  So we’re interested is other potential fits for our technology and reliability.

 

Intersolar has many educational sessions & Demo’s, is your company involved in any of them this year?  

We are conducting a presentation  on the second day of the conference (Wednesday, June 20, 2018) in Session 12: Balance of Systems: Residential.

This session, tentatively scheduled from 11am - 12:30pm will include a moderator and expected 4 speakers. Each speaker has 15-20 minutes for the presentation, some of it will be used for Q&A

 

When you book a booth for a tradeshow like this what are your expectations and what does your company hope to accomplish at the event?

Being a reputation-driven company, we look for leads that may be motivated by other customers’ positive experience and brand loyalty.  It’s more a networking event than prospecting opportunity for us.

 

Featured Product Showcase from Morningstar

TriStar MPPT 600V


Morningstar’s TriStar MPPT 600V charge controller leverages Morningstar’s innovative TrakStar™ MPPT technology and our 20+ years of power electronics engineering excellence, to enable the widest input operating voltage range available from a solar array, wind turbine or hydro input. This controller’s standard and DB versions are for off-grid applications, and the TR versions were developed to enable retrofitting grid-tied systems with battery backup:

 

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