Morningstar Corporation announced that its signature SunSaver and higher-powered ProStar solar charge controller lines have achieved certifications for HazLoc use in North America (with UL/CSA ratings) and Internationally/Europe (with IECEx/ATEX ratings). In particular, this means Morningstar’s solar chargers enable solar + storage systems to power remote oil and gas applications.
These operations are often a great distance from any electrical grid, yet require dependable sources of electricity for essential services including injection pumping, monitoring and control, data and communications, security, lighting, and other “digital oilfield” needs.
Generators can power remote off-grid systems, but they require fuel and frequent maintenance. In contrast, a solar electric system has no moving parts and, outside of storage batteries, requires little maintenance over the system’s comparatively long operational life. “The economics of solar work out to an extremely low operational expense over the life of the system, making it more cost-effective in the long run,” noted Lee Gordon, President and Founder, Morningstar Corporation.
“One of Morningstar’s first products nearly 30 years ago was our SunSaver controller designed for oil & gas customers. We grew up in this industry. Today, with over 4 million products used in over 100 countries, Morningstar Corporation has a proven track record of the highest reliability through the lowest hardware failure rate in the industry. Our latest generation of HazLoc-rated controllers build on their predecessors’ excellence and take it forward into new applications.”
“Energy storage batteries are one of the most expensive components of a solar system. Your choice of a charge controller is critical in protecting that investment and ensuring optimal battery health,” commented Bill Mellema, Product Director, Morningstar Corporation. “Our controllers are used in the most extreme environments found on Earth. There’s no such thing as ‘overkill’ when it comes to reliability in these areas.”
Out of a field of over 700 brands of charge controllers, Morningstar is unique for earning HazLoc certification on a wide range of models. For months, the company underwent a rigorous audit of its operations, documentation, and quality procedures in the design, control, and production of these solar charge controllers. Passing the audit demonstrates that Morningstar follows rigorous standards and procedures to ensure quality and consistency in its product lines.
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