TriStar MPPT 600V

  • Standard

  • with DC Disconnect Box

  • with Transfer Switch

  • Pre-wired with GFPD

TriStar MPPT 600V

The TriStar MPPT 600V™  is a breakthrough in charge controller design. By accepting PV array input up to 600 Voc, it enables installers to design systems with longer, fewer strings, reducing cabling and hardware which make installation and wiring easier and faster. Morningstar’s advanced digital engineering combined with superior thermal management make the TS-MPPT-600V with TrakStar technology the only charge controller in its class that doesn’t require a cooling fan or fans, making it both extremely reliable and efficient (with 97.9% peak efficiency). Ideal for DC-coupled energy storage applications. Available in four versions:

  • TS-MPPT-60-600V-48: Standard
  • TS-MPPT-60-600V-48-DB: with Disconnect Box
  • TS-MPPT-60-600V-48-DB-TR: with DC Transfer Switch
  • TS-MPPT-60-600V-48-DB-TR-GFPD: Pre-wired with Ground Fault
    Protection Device

Key features and benefits

  • Accommodates PV systems > 150 Voc with long wire runs from the array to the controller.
  • Uses Morningstar’s patented 4-stage charging algorithm to optimize battery health.
  • Extensive system networking, monitoring and communications.
  • Optimized for harsh environments and equipped with electronic protections.
  • Enables battery back-up for grid-tied systems using more efficient DCcoupling system topology (as opposed to AC-coupling).
  • Fanless design for long-term reliability.
A. Premium high-frequency CoilCraft surface mount inductors

They’re worth it, because they provide the faster power « tracking » that lets us engineer this much power and control into a compact design.

B. High-frequency design

Combined with premium, « over-spec’d » components, this greatly improves control response which guards against system transients, regulation overshoot and overcurrent/overload conditions

C. Built-in 4500W Transient Voltage Surge Suppression for lightning protection

Nature do your worst–this controller can take it

D. Large diameter, high torque, corrosion resistant terminals

If you’ve ever trashed a lesser terminal during an installation, you’ll appreciate some « overkill » here

E. DirectFET™ MOSFET power devices

Allows the surface-mounting of critical components underneath the main board next to the heat sink, which reduces heat travel distance and keeps the controller even cooler

F. Highly-conductive aluminum heatsink extrusion

As opposed to cast aluminum, which is less effective in passive cooling applications

G. Communications/data port with serial/meter auto detect

« Talks solar » with standard industry language, for system monitoring and cloud connectivity-speaks Modbus, and SNMP (with the EMC-1)

H. Lithium foldback circuit

Lithium batteries are expensive and vulnerable to cold temperatures. When it gets close to freezing, the controller backs-off charging to avoid damaging batteries

I. High-speed ARM processor

All-digital calibration for high accuracy, using the same efficient technology found in advanced mobile device

J. TrakStar™ Technology

Morningstar’s hallmark MPPT technology precisely seeks and locks onto the true maximum power point quickly and accurately, to ensure the highest output possible from a solar array

K. Large format, high-resolution backlit LCD

When you’ve been in the field installing, you appreciated being able to read a crisp, high contrast display on site

L. 5 year warranty

Up to 2 1/2 times longer than some competitors in this class

M. Self-diagnostics

ProStar is smart enough to monitor and analyze system performance, and alert you when you need to know

N. High temperature architecture

Heat is the enemy of all electronics. That’s why Prostar’s critical components are rated to withstand temperatures right up to the boiling point of water (100°C)

O. Lexan polycarbonate UL listed case

Protects the precision electronics inside with an impact strength 30 times greater than the acrylic thermoplastics commonly found on lesser controllers

P. Cooling Fan

Just kidding. We’ve never needed them

Specifications and Certifications

Model TS-MPPT-60-600V-48 TS-MPPT-60-600V-48-DB TS-MPPT-60-600V-48-DB-TR TS-MPPT-60-600V-48-DB-TR-GFPD
*Input power can exceed Nominal Operating Power. Controller will limit and provide its rated continuous maximum output current into batteries.
Charge Rating 60 amps 60 amps 60 amps 60 amps
Max. PV Open Circuit Voltage (Voc) 600 volts 600 volts 600 volts 600 volts
Nominal Battery Voltage 48V, custom programmable
to 24V, 36V, and 60V
48V, custom programmable
to 24V, 36V, and 60V
48V, custom programmable
to 24V, 36V, and 60V
48V, custom programmable
to 24V, 36V, and 60V
Nominal max. Operating Power* - 48 volt battery 3200W 3200W 3200W 3200W
Peak efficiency 97.9% 97.9% 97.9% 97.9%
Battery Voltage Range 16-72V 16-72V 16-72V 16-72V
PV Input Operating Voltage Range 100V to Voc = 525V 100V to Voc = 525V 100V to Voc = 525V 100V to Voc = 525V
Wind/Hydro Input Operating Voltage Range Battery Voltage to 500V Battery Voltage to 500V Battery Voltage to 500V Battery Voltage to 500V
Self-Consumption 1.75 - 2.50W 1.75 - 2.50W 1.75 - 2.50W 1.75 - 2.50W
Transient Surge Protection 4500 Watts/port 4500 Watts/port 4500 Watts/port 4500 Watts/port
Voltage Accuracy <=0.1% +/- 100mV <=0.1% +/- 100mV <=0.1% +/- 100mV <=0.1% +/- 100mV
Operating Temperature Range -40 C to +45C -40 C to +45C -40 C to +45C -40 C to +45C
Warranty 5 Years 5 Years 5 Years 5 Years
CE and RoHS compliant Yes Yes Yes Yes
IEC 62109 Yes Yes Yes Yes
ETL Listed [UL-1741 and Canadian CSA C22.2 No.107.1.01] Yes Yes Yes Yes
FCC Class B Part 15 Compliant Yes Yes Yes Yes
Manufactured in a Certified ISO 9001 Facility Yes Yes Yes Yes

Datasheets

Download the TriStar MPPT 600V Solar Charge Controller Datasheet.

Videos

TriStar MPPT 600V Standard and DB Versions - 3 minute video

This video highlights the standard and disconnect box (DB) versions of the TriStar MPPT 600V charge controller. These devices provide an ideal solution for systems that require long wire runs from PV arrays to the controller. Included in the video are pictures of the controller, and applications diagrams regarding grid-tie battery backup and input to PV solar, wind, or hydro systems. Additional features such as communications, metering and monitoring are also addressed.

TriStar MPPT 600V Transfer Switch (TR) Versions - 3 minute video

Most residential and light commercial grid-tied solar systems need utility power to operate, so they won’t function during a grid outage. This animated video illustrates how Morningstar’s TriStar MPPT 600V Controller with DC Transfer Switch can be used with other components to charge battery systems to provide backup power to run your critical loads when the grid goes down. This is a clean, economical, scalable solution that does not compromise your solar system’s efficiency.

Grid-tied Battery Backup & TriStar MPPT 600V Controller With DC Transfer Switch

Recorded Webinar

This webinar features the TriStar MPPT 600V Controller With DC Transfer Switch and its application to retrofit existing grid-tied solar systems with battery backup. Morningstar’s DC coupled solution offers a clean, simple, affordable way to provide battery backup power for critical lights and appliances in the event of a grid failure. Viewers will see how this solution compares to other options such as AC coupling and generator backup.

Applications

  • Hydro @fr

  • Petit Vent

  • Résidentiel

  • Télécommunications @fr

Accessories

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Firmware

It’s a recommended best practice to install your product’s latest firmware to ensure access to all up-to-date features, accessory compatibilities, and code modifications. Watch this 5 minute video for instructions on how to download and update ProStar MPPT firmware.

After watching the video, click here to download the firmware.

System Diagrams

    Off-Grid Diagram with DC Load

The schematic diagram above, illustrates how the ProStar MPPT regulates power to batteries and a direct current (DC) load in an off-grid system.

  1. Sunlight contacts the solar modules, which convert solar into DC electrical power that it delivers to a charge controller.
  2. The charge controller regulates the amperage and voltage that is delivered to the loads and any excess power is delivered to the battery system so the batteries maintain their state of charge without getting overcharged.
  3. During the evening when there is no sunlight, battery power is used to run the load.

 


 

    Off-Grid Diagram with AC Load


The schematic diagram above, illustrates how the ProStar MPPT regulates power to batteries and an alternating current (AC) load in an off-grid system.  This diagram is very similar to the DC load diagram above it except an inverter has been added.

  1. Sunlight contacts the solar modules, which convert solar into DC electrical power that it delivers to a charge controller.
  2. The charge controller regulates the amperage and voltage that is delivered to the battery system so the batteries maintain their state of charge without getting overcharged.
  3. Batteries deliver power to the inverter which converts DC to AC power that it delivers to the load.  Notice that  the inverter is connected to the battery, not the controller’s load terminals, like we did in the DC load example.  That’s because the inverter can have a high energy surge upon start up, and this high current surge might be higher than the rated capacity of the charge controller, whereas the batteries will be able to meet the high energy surge requirement.