Morningstar solar charging and energy conversion technology is at the heart of branded systems made by successful partners in security, telecommunications, traffic control and other critical categories. “Morningstar inside” is their assurance that their products perform at the peak dependability and efficiency levels necessary to earn their customers’ long-term total satisfaction.
Morningstar has a strong track record of success in working with OEM Partners that use our components and products in the following ways:
- Sub-components & circuitry—assemblies that are integrated into customers’ systems. E.g. TriStar MPPT chassis’ in JCE and other compliant enclosure-based systems, w/o the TriStar enclosure (or nameplate) itself. Also EcoPulse circuitry in Tozzi’s DC box. New customers might include companies such as LTS, who currently makes a solar security package with an embedded charge controller of unknown origin.
- Complete component products:
a. Off-the-shelf Morningstar products—standard catalog offering with no changes or modifications, which become an internal part of a customers’ systems sold under their brand. E.g. Connexa security systems, LVT, Outlaw turnstiles, many others
b. Modified Morningstar products, with software and/or circuitry changes, to meet special requirements. Again this might included an LTS.
- Re-branded/re-skinned component products: Morningstar products to be sold under a customers’ brand. This could be anything from simple re-badging to a re-engineered product with new I.D. based on an existing one (e.g. a Navico, with Morningstar supplying MasterVolt-branded controllers potentially).
- Complete systems: Morningstar “systemizing” for a customer, providing a potentially co-branded (“powered by Morningstar”) or re-branded powering solution. Video surveillance companies might be first targets—ones with all the application hardware (cameras, PoE networked components, sensors, etc.) but currently lacking a remote powering option. Morningstar would help get them into that segment, with the “balance of system” (controllers, partners’ batteries, possibly enclosure work and modules/racking) to complete their lines. E.g. Bosch, Planet Networking, TP-link, Speco, Lilin, Axis, iPro/Panasonic others expressing interest in remote powering but currently without a solution. Distribution of these systems could be either as branded with the partner as part of and sold in their lines, or through channel distribution (in the case of security, a large dedicated LV distributor such as an ADI, Wesco, many others) and possibly branded as either Morningstar or the distributor as a house brand.
Trust your reputation to our reputation
Morningstar has the highest hardware reliability rate in the industry: better than 99.9%! In fact, we’re the only manufacturer in the solar industry willing to publish that specification. Making Morningstar the heart of your energy system needs is the best way to ensure maximum reliability in your end-products
Morningstar’s development capabilities include:
|Testing— our laboratory facilities include in-house EMI (electromagnetic interference) chamber testing and Environmental Chamber testing|
|In-house advanced prototyping capabilities, from enclosures to circuit boards|
|Full-thermal modeling tools including 3D CAD Software for mechanical & thermal
design and product simulation
|Fully-automated ISO 9001 manufacturing capabilities, with 100% functional testing
using computerized equipment and processes
Expertise and Support We Offer Our Partners
|Optimal Battery Management – Development of manufacturer specific battery charging profiles for consistent programming into our line of charge controllers. Ensure your chosen battery integrates seamlessly into the system and is charged in an ideal manner to maximize capacity and longevity. This includes a customized multi-stage charging profile specific to your model and chemistry, optimized temperature compensation and deep discharge protection.|
|Direct Battery Communication Option – Optional integrated CANBUS link for direct battery management and data communication with the BMS for a variety of industry leading manufacturers and protocols.|
|System enclosure heating analysis and optimization. We’ll help quantify the heat produced by components in your system, ensure proper heat egress from the enclosure, configure the charge system for maximum operating efficiency (to minimize heat) and ensure a reliable and wide operating temperature for your entire system suitable for a variety of climates. We give you the design support to deploy your system as configured into the environment you need it to perform in with confidence.|
|Control and Integration – Morningstar’s products support industry standard communication protocols to enable external control and for data to be shared between devices at the site. We can work with you to ingrate energy system information with 3rd party site equipment, system management platforms and even enable cloud integration.|
|Putting it All Together – We’ll help you qualify external 3rd party system components and their optimal integration into this system. Every application is different and needs additional accessories to become a complete solution. This may include external charging sources, load management guidance, power conversion equipment such as PoE Converters or DC-DC converters. We can also provide guidance on proper wiring, over-current protection and lightning protection.|
Morningstar’s advantages include:
|Easy component integration—Morningstar designs for mechanical, electronic and data
compatibility, with form-factors and configurations at home in a variety of situations. For
example, our iconic TriStar controllers are commonly featured as standard equipment in
explosion-proof system enclosures used on off-shore platforms in the oil & gas industry.
|Reliability and durability—our charge controlling hardware has been proven with over
4 million in the field, used in some of the most challenging environments on the globe.
|Superior thermal design—we’ve perfected fanless heat management, resulting in solar power conversion components with no moving parts (no fans to fail). You’ll see a variety of industry-proven designs integrated into our products such as pure aluminum extruded heatsinks, conform circuit-board coatings and thermally-optimized epoxy resin encapsulations of critical power components.|
|Fully optimized engineering culture, through employee ownership—we can and do build for the long-term and not just a bottom line, using premium components and circuitry designed for performance instead of economics. Even the copper we use on our circuit boards is a higher-quality “pour” than that found in other brands|
|Industry-leading certification and compliance— Morningstar has achieved Hazardous Location (HazLoc) certification for North America, Europe and International use across our core solar charge controller line—the most comprehensive range of controllers to earn this coveted certification. [need information on UL and FCC certifications here] Our core line also meets requirements for a wide variety of UL, IEC, FCC, and safety standards. Our compliance and certification credentials means that users adopting Morningstar components into their product lines are assured of total conformance, essential to risk management.|
|Future-proofed features and technologies—Morningstar stays at the leading edge of solar, power conversion, and energy storage technologies. Our software development is the equal of our mechanical excellence. From CAN to Bluetooth, we accommodate all relevant communication protocols and platforms, to provide a seamless network integration experience.|
|Advanced energy storage management—Morningstar works with over 20 of the leading battery manufacturers through our Energy Storage Partner (ESP) program, which prioritizes lithium chemistries. With Morningstar on-board, battery health and longevity is assured—a very important factor in protecting this significant system investment.|
What’s inside a Morningstar is the reason why so many OEM users put Morningstars inside their products
Morningstar’s controllers are crafted using “over-spec” components throughout– right down to the higher grade copper “pour” used on our circuit boards. We engineer for long-term reliability, not a short-term bottom line. We’re one of the few companies that can do that, because we’re employee-owned and independent. Our engineers design internal components such as circuit boards for maximum performance– not economy
Superior thermal performance that’s critical for long-term reliability
Heat is the enemy of power conversion components in a system, causing premature failures. Unlike Morningstar, almost all brands making mid and high-power solar charge controllers use cooling fans to try and deal with it. But fans come with four inherent problems:
- Fans ultimately fail because they have moving parts, and must be periodically replaced. Which is expensive, especially in remote systems. This is so common that, in fact, companies putting fans in their controllers put shorter warranties on the cooling fans themselves (less than half that of the controller!)
- Fans suck in dirt and debris into the controller, potentially coating the insides with it. Over time this can actually increase heat build-up and can cause failure
- Fans are a “parasitic load,” in that they require electricity to run. They can only get that from the solar charging operation itself, diverting solar-produced electricity away from where it’s needed to run your critical loads
- In an enclosed system, a charge controller with a fan pushes heat into the rest of the components, compromising their reliability as well
Morningstar’s approach is unique: we’ve eliminated the fans in our solar charging components. Instead, we design-in superior heat management with both advanced hardware and software. Our circuit boards and internal components are rated for higher-temperature operation.
We even invented new manufacturing technology to design our TriStar heat sinks, extruding the metal in the desired shape: a taper, which is better at convecting heat away from the controller.
Hazardous Location (HazLoc) rating on a Morningstar charge controller.
Very few solar chargers can earn this coveted certification– Morningstar has it on over 15 models.
Check Out These OEM Partner Resources
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- our OEM partner program pdf when it is completed
- pdfs about heat dissipation
- Tech Support Library page
- any OEM agreement/legal documents that we feel should be in this section
- our string calculator
- videos and recorded webinars
See Examples of Solutions from Morningstar OEM Partners
Overview: A unique hybrid solar micro-hydro system on Vancouver Island, using Morningstar TriStar controllers, provides a technological showcase for the Viridian Energy Co-Op on Vancouver Island, B.C. It is a […]
Summary: Through a pilot program underway in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, solar design firm Voltaic Systems is working with NYC’s FloodNet cooperative to potentially bring greater security to neighborhoods throughout […]
Summary: With projects covering Western Canada from Vancouver to the Arctic Circle, a diverse solar innovator standardizes on Morningstar for its smaller system requirements. Projects overview: a portfolio of data-driven […]
Summary: Sensitive military and other installations — such as construction sites for hospitals along with fertilizer plants, solar array “farms,” and oil & gas facilities — require high-level security access […]
Summary: Fueled by the rising cost of materials along with concerns about rising criminal activity, construction sites, retail locations, and other businesses are increasingly seeking effective surveillance systems. ECAMSECURE strives […]
Summary: An oil & gas company sought to obtain cost-effective power on its unmanned platform in the Danish North Sea. Scotland-based JCE Energy supplied a solar and energy storage system […]
Summary: Largest, most ambitious rural electrification project in history Project will bring access to electricity to nearly one million Peruvians Morningstar Corporation manufactured the charge controllers of the solar home […]
Location: Brunei, Southeast Asia Year: 2019 Product: TriStar System size: ~<100 W of solar Partners include: Orga BV, Shell Jack-up platforms often serve as offshore hotels and heliports for workers […]
Summary: The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) can reduce the impact of earthquakes by providing real-time information on ground motion. The early warning system can alert of earthquakes seconds-or even […]
Summary: Honduras is marked by beautiful mountains and rivers, but unfortunately, these natural wonders make the area vulnerable to catastrophic flooding considering the increasing effects of climate change. This flooding […]
Panasonic’s Power Supply Container is a self-contained solar power plant designed to supply reliable electricity to emerging regions and remote island communities. Each comes with 12 Panasonic HIT240 solar modules […]
Situation: The Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), formerly known as the Nevada Test Site, is located just 65 miles outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. It is a 1,360-square-mile area of […]
Summary: Chronic homelessness afflicts over a half-million men, women and children in the United States,* with veterans particularly vulnerable. Almost 1 out of 4 are in the state of California** […]
Summary: EFOY fuel cells integrate renewable energy and fuel cell technology to power remote systems for years without refueling. This new, hybrid system shifts from fuel cells to solar energy […]
Application: Railroad Signaling Location: United States Product: TriStar MPPT 45 System size: 3,360W of solar Partners include: Ameresco, EMI TriStars help control solar-powered railroad wayside signaling applications, such as this […]
Application: Rural Electrification Product: ProStar 15 Partners include: We Care Solar Morningstar’s ProStar 15 solar controller is a component of the award-winning We Care Solar Suitcase, a portable power unit that […]