Morningstar wishes all of its distributors, dealers, employees, and other stakeholders a happy holiday season and a healthy, happy and successful 2016. The Morningstar Team will be finalizing its partner award nominations and selections, and delivering recognition and awards to those distributors, dealers, and partners whose accomplishments far exceeded expectations in 2015. The company will hold its holiday party for employees on 12/17/2015 in Newtown, Pennsylvania USA. The event will allow for celebration, recognition of achievement, and announcements about company plans for an exciting 2016, including new product developments and trade show initiatives.
Morningstar is pleased to announce the release of its new ProStar MPPT™ solar charge controller with detailed battery programming options that support the latest Lithium, Nickel Cadmium, and Lead Acid battery types in off-grid industrial and residential solar applications. This mid-range charge controller comes in 25 and 40 amp versions at up to 120 Voc, and it complements Morningstar’s existing line of MPPT controller offerings. It uses Morningstar’s innovative TrakStar™ MPPT technology to maximize energy harvest from the solar array into the battery under all operating conditions. Additional features and benefits include: High reliability – conformally coated circuit board and corrosion resistant terminals 98% peak efficiency and high efficiency across low, medium, and high power levels Data logging – detailed logging of power and load data confirms performance and helps isolate system inconsistencies Low noise design – meets FCC Class B specifications Continuous charging and no damage from PV array oversizing Data Logging – up to 200 days of detailed logging of power and load data confirms performance and helps isolate system inconsistencies High Strength / Polycarbonate Case and extruded aluminum heatsink without fans or moving parts Optional Wire Box to cover and prevent the exposure of conduit and wire connections Allows multiple 60-cell modules in series on a 12V or 24V battery system MODBUS Communications – Solar Industry Standard MODBUS communications protocol allows for easy programming, control, remote data access and charge synchronization with other system hardware Self Diagnostics – The ProStar MPPT continuously monitors and reports any internal hardware issues or system problems through its status LED’s, optional display or communication port Automatic PV Based Lighting Control – multi-event load control enables powerful options for PV lighting systems and settings can easily be adjusted in the field
Morningstar will be conducting a special presentation of its soon-to-be launched ProStar MPPT™ charge controller from 9am -12pm during Tech Day at the Phaesun Off-grid Workshop on September 24, 2015 at Stadthalle Memmingen, Germany. To attend the Tech Day and the rest of the Phaesun Off-grid Workshop through September 26th, simply sign up via the www.off-grid-experts.com website. If you are a Morningstar customer, please contact us for a voucher code to attend for free.
Morningstar will be exhibiting its solar charge controllers, inverters and accessories at Booth 26 at the 2015 SolarWorld Installer Summit on August 25-27th in Portland, Oregon. At 4pm on August 25th and 26th, the TriStar MPPT 600V Charge Controller with DC Transfer Switch will be featured in Morningstar’s presentation about retrofitting existing grid-tied systems with battery backup.
Morningstar Corporation will be exhibiting at Booth #328 at Solar Power International (SPI) 2015 in Anaheim, California from September 15-17. SPI is one of the fastest growing trade shows in the US and over 15,000 attendees will be able to see Morningstar’s recently launched TriStar MPPT 600V Controller with DC Transfer Switch for retrofitting grid-tied systems with battery backup. Attendees will also be able to see the soon-to-be-launched Prostar MPPT controller in addition to Morningstar’s complete product line of existing controllers, inverters, and accessories.
Be sure to visit Morningstar Corporation at Intersolar North America, BOOTH 8547 on July 14-16, 2015 in San Francisco, Moscone Center where we will be introducing our new controllers: TriStar MPPT 600V with Transfer Switch for retrofit grid-tie battery backup ProStar MPPT (to be launched late 2015) And don’t miss the workshop: “TriStar MPPT Charge Controller Design for Off-Grid and Grid Tie Retrofit” on Wednesday July 15th from 10:15 am – 12:15 pm during Intersolar North America. We hope to see you in San Francisco!
Morningstar will be exhibiting at the 26th annual MREA Fair in Custer, Wisconsin from June 19-21. Stop by Booth C1 to learn more about the recently launched TriStar MPPT 600V Controller with DC Transfer Switch that enables retrofitting existing grid-tied systems with battery backup. Also on display will be Morningstar’s complete line of charge controllers, off-grid inverters, and accessories for use in solar, wind, and hydro systems.
See Morningstar controllers, inverters, and accessories at Intersolar Europe, Booth B1.789 on June 10-12, 2015 in Munich, Germany. The new TriStar MPPT 600V Controller With DC Transfer Switch will be on display. This product and its application to retrofit existing grid-tied systems with battery backup is an ees AWARD 2015 finalist. Stop by the Morningstar booth for more information about existing products and what’s on the horizon for the future.
Morningstar’s grid-tied battery backup application of the Tristar MPPT 600V Controller with DC Transfer Switch was selected as a finalist for the ees AWARD 2015. The TriStar MPPT 600V Controller with DC Transfer Switch, along with batteries and other components, can be applied to existing grid-tied solar systems to allow persons to switch on critical backup power in the event of a utility power outage. The vast majority of owners of solar systems have discovered to their dismay, that their existing systems will not work during a grid outage because the system’s AC inverter will cease to operate, and power from the solar array is left stranded. Until now, if people wanted backup power, they had to consider purchasing and installing a fuel generator or installing an AC coupled solution, or some other solution that resulted in environmental concerns, excessive costs, or installation complexities. The Morningstar solution represents a clean, quiet, affordable, and scalable solution to this problem. The TriStar MPPT 600V Controller with DC Transfer Switch will be available in Q2-2015. The electrical energy storage (ees) AWARD is powered by Intersolar to honor outstanding products and solutions in the fields of materials, production, systems technology, applications, second-use concepts and recycling. The winners of the electrical energy storage AWARD are set to be announced at an official ceremony at Intersolar Europe in Munich on June 10, 2015.
April 1, 2015 marks Morningstar’s 22nd year in business serving the world with high quality solar charge controllers and inverters. The company has grown steadily and has maintained the same ownership, the same strategy, and many of the same distribution partners since the very beginning. While the solar industry has seen many companies come and go in the last couple of decades, Morningstar has been a model of consistency and reliability, and we plan to maintain these standards for many years to come.