Introducing new Solar Power System from Midnite Solar at SPI 2016


Ok we are here together with Roy
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.Well basically this is the game changing
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.Now Roy, I heard that there’s interesting
blaks that you can put in, if you don’t have to buy all of the inverters at once. Is that true?There are some very interesting
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.So it’s really fitting with the retro
B-17 look and feel.Yes, exactly. I believe there are 80 cards to the set, and
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.That’s very cool. And what about, what’s going on on top? Looks like there are lightning arrestors up
top.Yes it’s fully protected with surge
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.Now this module here, if we can just
get a little bit closer to this module, you can switch between the battery amps, the voltage,
the state of charge.That’s correct. So you have a lot of monitoring capability,
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.That’s great. Well thank you Roy. You guys are always innovating. It’s nice to see this. It’s really interesting stuff. Every year Midnite Solar’s booth is probably
the most interesting one to see.We have a lot of good times doing it
too. It’s a lot of fun, thanks.Thanks very miuch.

28 thoughts on “Introducing new Solar Power System from Midnite Solar at SPI 2016

  1. I will say the midnight charge controllers I have seen on the Internet YouTube stuff like that look like they would be made really good very high-quality I assume I've never owned one I have thought about trying to get one but they look far too intimidating to me I don't even know if I could set one up

  2. Obviously many bells and whistles that you don't need. Lets go cheaper not more expensive.
    All this does is scare away potential installations. People mistakenly believe that solar is too expensive. This just confirms their opinion. Solar does not have to be expensive.

  3. I love alt-e, but you guys really need to invest in some audio equipment! get yourself an inexpensive zoom H1 even. thanks for the videos and for sharing! I do appreciate it, just constructive criticism.

  4. I just wonder where are the batteries? You said battery based that would be alot of batteries for 40Kw. It also looks very expensive?

  5. This is cool and all but they should really think about doing a digital display model range too. This will appeal to a smaller group of people but for the masses they should go digital. Younger people looking to go solar will think its old school stuff and not very efficient, silly I know but I hear and see it everyday. The stuff needs to look sleek and modern, that's why Tesla is doing so good!

  6. This POS is made way too complicated. It's over engineered just for the sake of keeping a retro look. There are excellent charge controllers out there that won't force you to dedicate an entire room to your solar system.

  7. It was blinking red on many modules from time to time. Maybe that was some kind of test mode?
    What if I try to plugin solar panels then will the system tell me that it need more or less voltage as well as ampere. Maybe some way to calibrate that.

  8. Just pop an Enphase converter under each panel, shortest DC run possible so practically lossless and hardly subject to ambient temperature losses. If a panel goes down it does not affect the others. You also get software that keeps you in touch with many aspects of your system and if a problem arises ENPHASE EMAIL YOU IMMEDIATELY. Not expensive either.

  9. I just discovered how good the classic can possibly be. Ioads of features. What I really like is the ability to over drive it . without damaging it. To maximize for bad sun. It is exactly what I need to do. Just guessing . I need about 500-1000 watts over. To make power when the sun isn't great. I only get direct sun about 4 -5 hours a day. I'd like two classics with maybe 600 watts over rated. And going by ratings. It will likely be just what's needed. Unless it's a really cold clear day. Not having to worry about frying the controller is a major seller to me. The de rating is a awesome idea. I would like to know more about this system. This is the first I have seen of it!

  10. So the system has fault tolerance built in. Are there any parts of the system which are NOT redundant?
    What's the surge capacity? Can it handle loads more than 40kW for short (few seconds) durations?
    I see no huge transformers. I assume this is a 'high frequency' inverter system?

    My present electric bills average $743/month. Over the next decade, I will pay $80,000 to the utility company IF rates are flat (they won't be). More likely, I will spend six figures on electricity over that span.

    Can a system like this, for a totally off grid system, cost comparably to that six figure price? Someone told me that to replace 200A service, will cost me $400,000 in batteries alone.

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