OutBack Power Introduces SmartHarvest

An All-New Series of Products for Global Renewable Energy Applications

ARLINGTON, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--OutBack Power, a leader in off-grid and Grid/Hybrid power conversion electronics and systems for renewable and other energy applications, today announced the introduction of SmartHarvest by OutBack Power, a new series of products engineered to deliver optimum renewable energy harvesting with exceptional value and simplicity, and one designed to bring OutBack performance to a broader range of international users whose need for electricity can be met most cleanly and economically through renewable energy sources.

It extends our mix of CE-certified products specifically designed for use in smaller sized off-grid and grid-tied renewable energy applications, and provides system solutions based on OutBack's brand DNA, proven in some of the most demanding renewable energy installations.

SmartHarvest by OutBack Power delivers renewable energy power electronics aimed at meeting growing global demand for value-oriented, low power-range, quality renewable energy system components for applications where maximum energy harvesting efficiency is essential. SmartHarvest Energy's debut will focus on two product categories critical to PV/solar system designers and installers: maximum power-point tracking (MPPT) charge controllers and inverter/chargers.

SmartHarvest's first charge controller (model SCC-20-100 MPPT) is ideal for moderately powered panel installations and incorporates new fast MPPT technology originally pioneered by OutBack Power in its legendary FLEXmax line. The SmartHarvest integrated power inverter/charger, charge controller SPCU 1024 is an extremely innovative product combining a 1 kW inverter, a battery charger and an MPPT charge controller in a single precision chassis. It is an ideal building block for entry-level solar power systems that incorporate energy storage for unreliable or nonexistent grids. The initial three SmartHarvest products will be joined by additional models in the coming months, including a second charge controller, model MPPT SCCM10-75, for lower-powered applications requiring maximum harvesting efficiency, and two pulse-width modulation (PWM) charge controllers, models SCCP10-05- and SCCP05-050, for small systems in areas with consistent solar conditions where economical PWM technology represents the best system investment.

"SmartHarvest by OutBack Power will make more affordable solar energy possible for an extremely wide range of international residential and commercial users," said OutBack Power General Manager Harvey Wilkinson. "It extends our mix of CE-certified products specifically designed for use in smaller sized off-grid and grid-tied renewable energy applications, and provides system solutions based on OutBack's brand DNA, proven in some of the most demanding renewable energy installations."

For service and support, SmartHarvest by OutBack will leverage the same global support network for which OutBack Power and the Alpha Group companies are famous. Alpha GmbH covers Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) markets, AIB handles Central and Latin America, Alpha Pty. serves the Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands region, and OutBack Power provides service and support in North America.

SmartHarvest by OutBack products will be available for viewing at Intersolar Europe in Munich from June 4 through 6 and again at Intersolar North America in San Francisco from July 8 through 10, 2014. OutBack customers can begin placing orders for the first SmartHarvest products in mid-July, with initial shipments starting in September.

OutBack Power Technologies, a member of The Alpha Group, is the leading designer and manufacturer of advanced power electronics for renewable energy, back-up power and mobile applications. With an emphasis on product performance, OutBack has established itself as the product of choice in harsh environmental conditions and applications where product reliability is paramount. Whether the application is village micro-grids in Africa, rural electrification projects in Latin America, remote off-grid cabins in Alaska, or a suburban home in Southern California, OutBack Power Technologies has set the bar for delivering advanced power conversion electronics, and, with the SmartHarvest Energy series, brings OutBack excellence to a wider range of applications. For more information about OutBack Power Technologies and SmartHarvest by OutBack, please visit www.outbackpower.com.

The Alpha Group represents an alliance of independent companies united by a common goal: the development and manufacture of Total Power Solutions.

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