OutBack Power (outbackpower.com) released its GS8048A and GS4048A Radian inverters for North America. These battery-based inverters include two new features:
The GridZero AC input mode is used to power on-site AC loads primarily from the renewable energy source and/or the battery bank, minimizing grid-power usage. With GridZero technology, utility energy is used only when the batteries reach a specific depth of discharge. In this mode, the system does not sell power to the grid. This feature addresses the fact that solar incentives and buy-back policies of renewable energy are changing in markets such as Europe, Hawaii, and California, making “self-consumption” of renewable energy more desirable for some installations.
The inverters’ Advanced Battery Charge mode can accommodate specific charging profiles for uncommon battery types, such as lithium-ion.