Due to be released in the third quarter of 2012, OutBack released details at Intersolar in Munich last week of its new inverter the company claims will meet international specifications and performance requirements. OutBack’s grid-interactive Radian series GS7048E inverter/charger, offers 230V of adjustable power for residential, industrial, commercial and other applications.
The Radian will be expected to empower both utilities and consumers alike to reduce costs associated with consumption along with the challenges associated with extended power outages.
Grid-interactive Radian augments grid power while also maintaining back-up capacity. During an outage, the company claims it will deliver power from a renewable source, batteries, a generator, or a combination of these energy options.
“OutBack Power’s GS7048E Radian brings our product line performance and reliability to a new level of flexibility,” said Phil Undercuffler, director of product management and strategy for OutBack Power. “It provides independence from the grid and security from utility failures by supplying continuous power, as well as ensuring ease of integration and adjustable capacity.”
In some regions, the ability to sell energy back to the grid is limited or restricted. For these applications the Radian offers an offset function, by which users can prioritize excess energy from PV arrays to power loads and reduce the power that must be purchased from the grid.
The Radian’s modular design provides redundancy in mission-critical installations, and minimizes emergency service calls by allowing the system to come back online at 3,500W — half the capacity of continuous power — in the event of a power module failure. The 230-volt output will be integrated directly into standard premises wiring, while the modular, parallel architecture provides the ability to build a scalable system to power nearly any load.
Key features of the GS7048E Radian inverter/charger include:
• Grid-interactive, stand-alone functionality in the same package
• 7,000W of continuous power
• 230V single-phase (230/400VAC 3-phase using three inverters)
• Field-adjustable input/output voltage and frequency boundaries of 50/60Hz and 220-240V nominal
• Field serviceable modular design and upgradeable firmware
• Unsurpassed surge capacity and dual AC inputs
• Built on OutBack Power’s core FX FET board technology
• Advanced front venting for optimum cooling in zero-clearance installations
• Planned certifications and listings include:
o IEC specifications on PV power conversion systems
o AS4777 grid connection and inverter requirements