Morningstar will be exhibiting at the NABCEP Conference in Albany, NY on March 30, 2015 through April 1, 2015. Make sure to attend the Morningstar TriStar MPPT Charge Controller Design for Off-Grid and Grid Tie Retrofit training to receive your NABCEP continuing education credit hours. The content presented in this conference is geared toward seasoned PV industry professionals who have several years of installation and/or technical sales experience.
On March 3, 2015 a patent was issued for an invention by Carlos Cuadros of Morningstar Corporation. The invention is a modulation control scheme for a dual active bridge (DAB) DC to DC converter in a charge controller for photovoltaic systems composed of a photovoltaic (PV) array and a battery bank, wherein the charge controller controls charging of the battery bank with DC electricity produced by the (PV) array. In one preferred application of the invention, the modulation control scheme is employed in a dual active bridge (DAB) bidirectional DC to DC converter in a high voltage (HV) bidirectional maximum power point tracking (MPPT) charge controller for photovoltaic systems composed of a high voltage PV array, a battery bank and a high voltage DC load.
This January, Morningstar distributors completed an Annual Partner Questionnaire to better evaluate 2014 performance. The responses Morningstar received indicated a very positive relationship between Morningstar and our distribution channel. The average satisfaction score from the responses of over 75 partners surveyed graded Morningstar’s overall performance as significantly better than that of other suppliers. Attributing to the strong overall satisfaction were high grades associated with: Product quality and reliability On-time delivery Support from account managers Support from order processing representatives Technical support Several respondents inquired about new inverter-charger and MPPT controller products that are already well in-process and will be rolled out later in 2015. For over 20 years, Morningstar has maintained a consistent corporate strategy, distribution partnership, and loyal team of employees. While significant changes over the years have impacted many in the solar industry, Morningstar has enjoyed steady growth and is poised to provide the world’s leading solar controllers and inverters well into the future.
Morningstar will exhibit at the AEE Solar Dealer Training taking place on February 17-19 at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa. In addition to displaying its portfolio of solar charge controllers and inverters, Morningstar will conduct a presentation about its cost effective solution to retrofit existing grid-tie solutions with battery backup power in the event of an outage. The TriStar MPPT 600V charge controller will be featured during this presentation.
Morningstar wishes all of its distributors, dealers, employees, and other stakeholders a happy holiday season and a healthy, happy and successful 2015. 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 2014. The company will hold its holiday party for employees on 12/17/2014 in Jessup, Maryland USA. The event will allow for celebration, recognition of achievement, and announcements about company plans for an exciting 2015, including new product developments and marketing initiatives.
Non-profit GridAlternatives chose Morningstar Sunsaver MPPT charge controllers and SureSine inverters for an off-grid solar energy project to supply power to community buildings, heath clinics and schools in Nicaragua. Installation is expected to be completed in early 2015.
Morningstar achieved record high quarterly revenues in Q3 of 2014. Sales were up in almost every geographical territory including gains in South America as a result of large off-grid project wins. Morningstar products that had a big impact on driving the high growth included the TriStar MPPT and SunSaver charge controllers.
Over 4,000 TriStar MPPT charge controllers are being installed in a large off-grid solar street light project in Brazil. The TriStar MPPT was chosen for its outstanding reputation for high performance and reliability, and Morningstar’s ability to delivery large quantities of product in a very short time period.
Morningstar’s SureSine inverter is being installed in 1200 solar home systems across many of the islands of Fiji. Built to industrial standards, the SureSine was chosen for its sealed, transformer-based construction capable of withstanding the harsh tropical and marine environment of the island nation.
We are happy to inform you that the Morningstar string sizing calculator has been updated. This string sizer is used to determine the number of PV modules you may use with any Morningstar controller while staying within the controller specs. Thousands of additional modules from new manufacturers were added to the database, and the new interface displays additional information and specifications associated with your module and product selections.