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Off-Grid Solar Solutions

Global Solar Solutions have been working with rugby legend Nick “Honey Badger” Cummins to upgrade and expand his off-grid solar system. For those not familiar with the term off-grid, it means that Nick’s home is entirely powered by his own renewable energy sources located on his property and in this case that source is solar.

While this may seem a tad daunting to some the reality is remote areas can have less than reliable power networks so ensuring you have access to your own stable power source means less headaches down the road. As solar has become so accessible in the recent years we are seeing more and more people take up off-grid including those in suburban or built-up areas.

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Quality Components & Impeccable Design

Because off-grid homes are completely dependent on their solar system the need for quality, reliable components is paramount. Due to Nick’s system being solar it also means we needed to expand his energy storage with high efficiency batteries so he can continue to benefit from solar throughout the evenings.

The entire upgrade was designed by our own solar engineers who bring the benefit of experience and a deep understanding of what works when it comes to solar power. While the job did present its own challenges we were able to create a custom solution which is often required for off-grid systems.

victron solar inverter and charger

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Components Used In Nick’s Off-Grid System

RedEarth Troppo Solar Battery

For the best possible solar storage solution we turned to our good friends over at RedEarth Energy Storage. Their Aussie made “Troppo” solar battery uses Lithium Ferro Phosphate (LFP) which is considered to be the safest lithium-ion chemistry. Their modular approach to design means we can expand storage easily as needed down the line.

Each Troppo battery comes embedded with their latest Battery Management System (BMS) and is maintenance free. Backed by a 10 year warranty the Troppo comes with high and low temperature protection as well as over charge protection which makes it an incredibly robust storage solution for the Australian climate.

Boasting incredible efficiency of over 96%, the Troppo combines flexibility with impeccable build quality to create a safe, cost effective solar storage solution that does not compromise on performance.

Victron SmartSolar Charge Controller

The SmartSolar charge controller delivers power gathered by your solar panels to the battery bank using the latest technology on the market. It is able to maximise the amount of energy you can harvest which gives you the shortest possible charge time. It can even charge a battery that has been severely depleted provided it has not been damaged in the process.

The SmartSolar charge controller utilises Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) to completely optimise your solar panel’s ability to gather energy. It monitors both the voltage and current output of your panels, making adjustments to increase your harvest when the sky is clouded or even partial shading at different times of the day.

When you add in the ability to remotely monitor and control the SmartSolar controller via bluetooth pairing with your smartphone, the advantages of using this incredible device just keep stacking up.

Victron SmartSolar MPPT

Victron Quattro Hybrid Inverter

The Victron Quattro is both an inverter and charger, making it a swiss army knife of sorts for this installation. It also features incredible versatility in the form of multiple system integration features including three or split phase as well as parallel operation. The Quattro is packed with additional features that only increase its viability in an already crowded market.

A big feature of the Quattro is the fact it has two AC inputs as well as two AC outputs with automatic connection to the active source. Should the grid or generators fail the Quattro simply takes over the power supply to the connected loads. This process happens so fast that electronic equipment in your home will remain on without any interruption.

When you combine these factors with the many other features such as a true sine wave converter, adaptive charging and their hybrid “PowerAssist” technology, the value this inverter brings is unquestionable.

Victron Quattro Inverter

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Considering Purchasing A Solar System Or Going Off-Grid?

If you are interested in a solar system or would like to know more about going off-grid solar give Global Solar Solutions a call on 1800 255 474 or contact us online. Our solar consultants are available to discuss your particular needs and determine the best possible traditional or off-grid solar setup for you.

As each system is unique, the ability to work with experienced, qualified professionals is key to getting the best possible outcome that will last well into the future.

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