from Midnite Solar at Solar Power International 2016. Really is probably one of the most exciting
booths we’ve been to for the whole show. Really neat stuff. It’s got the retro look, B-17 bomber in the
back, and probably the most interesting inverter system that we’ve seen yet. So I’ll let Roy talk about it and tell us
what’s coming down the road from Midnite.
battery based inverter power system. So really we are going to have to stop calling
it an inverter and call it a power system, because it is integrated. We have here our inverter modules, our charge
controller modules, all in the same system. So when you purchase this, you get this section
over here that has your over current protection, your means of disconnect, as well as your
AC inputs, and a bypass assembly here, for bypassing the AC for servicing purposes, which
you’ll probably never need because of a feature I’ll describe here in a bit. You’ve got your monitoring equipment here,
and you’ve got your computer controller here that ties everything together and communicates. So what we have here are two charge controllers
in this, and three inverter modules. Each inverter module is 2kW capacity. The 200V charge controller module can do about
5kW, the 600V can do about 8kW. So more than likely you’ll only have the one
charge controller which leaves four open slots for future expansion to go all the way up
to 8kW. If you don’t need the charge controller, you
can put five 2kW inverter modules in here, and it is a 10kW inverter. And you can stack up to four of these units
for a total of 40kW, or any other combination thereof with the charge controllers. Now here’s the cool part. If you want to add a module, or you want to
repair a module, you pull this out, it’s hot-swappable. There you go. It’s touch safe here, it’s touch safe here. And if you want to send this in, that’s fine,
but this does not shut down in the meantime, you have less power, but you still have power. You are not down for the count. The homeowner can put this in, it’s very easy
to plug in, hot-swappable, powers right up, and you are done.
blaks that you can put in, if you don’t have to buy all of the inverters at once. Is that true?
blanks. What we have here are pictures of nose art
from various WWII aircraft. So when you pull this out, even though there
is a cover, there are ventilation ports that you would like to cover up, simply because
you don’t want to mess up the ventilation in here. So these would screw into place here. For those of you who don’t appreciate the
nose art from WWII planes, we will have the black blank cover with just the Midnite logo
on it. So you’ll have that option.
B-17 look and feel.
they will be collectibles, and you can mix and match, and collect the whole set of 80. Like I said, very easy to put this back in. I don’t know if you can come around to the
side or not, but over here in the wiring compartment, we actually have a bomb bay light that will
turn on for wiring. And this is powered by an on-board battery,
so that you have light well before you get the rest of the system wired up. And very very nice. Lots of room for the wiring, it’s accessible
from the top and the side, you can actually put two hands in there to get your wiring
done. That’s a game changer all by its self.
arrestors, in this case you have four surge arrestors that will cover all four channels
that are in here, your AC channels, your PV channels, and so forth. So lightning arrestor all in here. This saves a lot of wiring. If any installers are out there, that wire
these things, you know, just having these charge controllers integrated into this system,
saves you a ton of wiring. Not to mention the fact that it’s expandable
and changable over time, so your system can grow according to your customers’ needs.
get a little bit closer to this module, you can switch between the battery amps, the voltage,
the state of charge.
and this one here is set up for the show, so it shows all kinds of different things
to show the different features. But here’s a cool thing here. You’ll notice that these are blue. When it’s blue, everything is functional,
everything is nominal. When you see a flashing light, it’s a warning,
or caution, and when it turns red, like down here, if that was solid red, you have a problem
with the module that’s letting you know there’s an issue, and that’s easily swapped out. So you have a lot of information available
to you, we went with the retro analog look, I’m kind of an analog guy, I like that. But the end user could read voltage and current,
and if there’s any troubleshooting to be done, or any questions about the system, all of
the information is right here at their fingertips.
the most interesting one to see.
too. It’s a lot of fun, thanks.