A new multi power point tracking (MPPT) charge controller designed to give caravan, motorhome and boat owners up to 20% more energy per day from their existing solar panels has been launched by Solar Technology International.
The PV Logic MPPT Pro is a compact, 15 amp solar charge controller with unique single or dual battery charging capabilities. The device can increase the charging capability of any 12V or 24V solar panel (up to 220W) by as much as 20% per day through its ability to map the voltage from the solar panel to suit the condition of the battery.
With built in Bluetooth technology, the MPPT comes with free Apple and Android apps to provide access to charging data via a mobile phone. The simple-to-read dashboard clearly displays the live solar panel charging status and the charging current/voltage in the connected batteries.
The app also features three pre-set programmes for sealed, gel and flooded batteries plus a fully customisable profile for other battery types.
Created specifically for the MPPT Pro, an additional Activity Monitor can be attached to the controller through a 5m link cable to display PV performance. This gives users all the information they require at a glance without needing to access the data via the app.
“The MPPT Pro is a great addition to our PV Logic range,” explains Adrian Williams, Managing Director of Solar Technology International. “We are seeing more and more caravan, motorhome and boat owners take advantage of the benefits solar energy to power equipment. The addition of the MPPT Pro means they can gain extra power with just one simple to use, compact device.”
Adrian added: “By including Bluetooth connectivity and a free app on both Apple and Android platforms, users can keep track of the charging status of their solar panels and batteries via their phones.”
All Solar Technology’s PV Logic range is supplied with the back up of a freephone helpline on 0800 7747755 to connect with the company’s expert technical team.
When legendary round-the-world yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston fired a canon to signal the start of the 2018 Golden Globe Race (GGR) on 1st July, Nabil Amra set sail relying on power generated by Solar Technology International.
Nabil’s yacht is equipped with eight 20w PV Logic solar panels supplied by Solar Technology and joint sponsors and distributors SMG Europe.
The panels were installed by the Falmouth Boat Company, who have spent the last few months preparing the yacht for the epic journey to generate power for the limited on-board systems Nabil is able to use.
One of 18 sailors to make it to the start line of the Golden Globe Race from Sables d’Olonne, Nabil will be helping to recreate the golden age of sailing. He and his fellow skippers will be navigating their way around the globe, just as Knox-Johnston and rival Moitessier did in 1968, using sextants, paper charts wind-up chronometers and a weather eye on their barometers.
Nabil is an American born Palestinian who works as a foreign exchange trader in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He bought Elle May, a ketch rigged version of the Biscay 36 class yacht built by the Falmouth Boat Company. He returned her to the builder to have her prepared for the GGR and renamed her Liberty II.
Biggest challenges of my life
Nabil said: “The race is one of the biggest challenges of my life and that’s what makes it so exciting. A key condition is that we can’t use modern technology or satellite navigation aids. Having solar panels on board will mean I can use the natural world to power the instruments I am able to use.
“When we got the panels on we noticed that they were generating great power with the boat still inside the board yard shed!
“I am really grateful to Solar Technology International for their supporting in helping me to get Liberty II to the start line.
“The Golden Globe Race came along at just the right time to turn an incessant daydream into reality. My eagerness is to sail under the Palestinian flag and to represent these forlorn people who have had little to be cheery about for a long time.”
Solar power is an increasingly popular choice for boat owners
Jeremy Usher, Marine Sales Manager for Solar Technology International said: “We are delighted to join with our distributors SMG Europe and support Nabil on this most epic of voyages.
“Solar power is becoming an increasingly popular choice for sailors who want to generate clean, efficient energy on board their boats and Nabil will be able to put the panels to the ultimate test. Being salt spray test for 1000 hours, the super robust panels benefit from the latest crystalline silicon technology and will have no trouble coping with whatever conditions the sailors have to face.
“We wish Nabil all the best and we’ll be watching his progress with great interest!”
As a mark of Solar Technology International’s growing business success in the boating and yachting sector, the company has joined British Marine.
In becoming a member of the industry federation, Solar Technology will be part of a network of more than 1600 companies from the leisure marine, superyacht and small commercial marine sectors..
Every year British Marine organises the world-famous Southampton Boat Show. In addition, the organisation’s expertise spans in-depth technical services, representation with government and non-governmental bodies, UK and global marine trade development, legal services and general business advice.
“The marine industry is a dynamic, forward thinking sector that never stands still,” said Jeremy Usher, UK Marine Sales Manager for Solar Technology International. “British Marine plays a very active and progressive role and offers a lot of benefits for members so I am keen that we can benefit from that as renewable energy becomes a more important focus in the sector.
“Plus British Marine organises the biggest show in the industry with Southampton and our membership will open up opportunities overseas as well."
Recently described by Radio 2 as Britain’s favourite lunatic, endurance athlete and Solar Technology Ambassador Sean Conway has done it! He has set a new world record for the fastest, unsupported crossing of Europe by bicycle. Sean has broken the world record by 9 hours after cycling 3,980 miles (6,405 kilometres) in 24 days, 18 hours and 39 minutes. Sean cycled across Europe starting from Cabo da Roca on the west coast of Portugal and finished in Ufa in Russia. Sean arrived in Ufa at 15.40 local time.
Sean takes the title from Jonas Deichmann who cycled 6,450km 25 days, 3 hours and 38 minutes in July last year. At the time, this was 5 days faster than the Guinness World Record holder, James McLaren who cycled from Ufa to Cabo da Roca in 29 days, 18 hours and 25 minutes.
This is Sean’s second attempt at the world record. In August 2017 Sean was making exceptional progress covering 800 miles in 4 days when he sustained an injury forcing him to withdraw. This time around, passing through the point in the Pyrenees where he withdrew last year was his highest moment emotionally.
In 24 days, Sean has cycled across nine countries (Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine and Russia). Travelling unsupported at all times, Sean has cycled for 16 hours a day, slept rough on 19 occasions and showered just 4 times. Madness may have set in when in Portugal, he picked up a hitchhiker he named Pedro. The animal skull travelled with him all the way to the finish line. Arguably an odd decision when he travelled without a tent and cut off the end of his toothbrush just to save weight. A key piece of his equiipment was a Freeloader SiXER solar battery charger to power his phone and navigation equipment.
Sean said, “After 6 years, 3 failed attempts and 60,000 miles, I have finally achieved a cycling world record!”
Sean Conway: Born in Gloucester and now living in Cumbria, Sean is not new to challenges like this. In 2015, he became the first and only man in history to cycle, swim and run the length of Britain. In 2016 he completed a 4,000-mile ultra-triathlon, which circumnavigated the entire coast of Britain.
The Solar Technology International team enjoyed a very productive time during our first visit to the Palma International Boatshow!
We are delighted to announce a new distributor relationship with E Touch Control Systems / IMP (Majorca) to handle sales throughout the Balearic islands and East Coast of Spain.
Jeremy Usher, Marine Sales Manager for Solar Technology International said: “Palma was a very busy show for us and there proved to be a lot of interest in our flexi solar panels, Hubi solar charger as well as solar powered Arena Lights. The latter are ideal for illuminating areas around the water’s edge, boat yards or ports without access to mains electricity as well as in the equestrian sector for stable yards and riding arenas.”