By Ebele Orakpo
Constant electricity supply is an absolute necessity for the growth of any economy. Unfortunately, Nigeria has not been able to get the power sector right. However, Dr. Patrick Owelle, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of PSC Solar Industries Limited and a solar energy scholar/research fellow, has come up with the Pure Sine Wave New Generation Inverter, said to have a design life of over 25 years and zero millisecond (0ms) transfer time. He speaks on the innovation.
REASON for the innovation:
According to Owelle, the need for sustainable alternative back up power informed their decision to engage in further research to improve on the available Pure Sine Wave Inverters designed mainly for the European and North America market.
“It was the fact that most high quality inverters became quite unreliable in the Nigeria environment due to very poor quality AC mains input and that propelled our thinking into designing a system that factors the poor quality AC mains/generator input into the calculus of design for the New Advanced Xantra Pure Sine Wave inverters.
“The design process and production of prototypes took three years and six months to complete and testing took additional one year to complete.
The finished product is a rugged, very high quality noiseless Pure Sine Wave new generation inverter with design life of over 25 years.”
The Inverter: The new Xantra Advanced Online 0ms (zero millisecond) transfer time Pure Sine Wave inverter, described as an intelligent inverter, is designed in Germany with the very unstable AC mains power supply in Africa as a major factor in the design.
This inverter is very rugged and made of very high quality German electronic components.
The inverter features a very large LCD colour display, computer dashboard with both diagnostic and statistical displays.
The inverter ranges from 24V/1.5KVA to 180V/100KVA.
Advantages over others:
The inverter was designed to solve the perennial problems with inverters getting burned or damaged very frequently. The typical life expectancy before initial repairs for most inverters in Nigeria is between eight months and two years but these inverters are designed to last over 10 years before initial repairs or board/integrated circuit replacement.
Most inverters in Africa have transfer/switch time of 10Ms or more making them unsuitable for IT servers and Communication devices but the new Advanced Xantra inverters are designed with 0ms (zero millisecond) transfer time making them true online inverters and suitable for all applications. They have autonomies of 72 hours to 96 hours without charging.
Most inverters in Africa especially those with advanced Insulated-Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) technology can only charge AGM/GEL/VRLA deep cycle batteries and only at current of 25A or less.
The Xantra Advanced Online Pure Sine Wave inverters are designed to charge all types of batteries including Lithium Life Po4 Batteries at very fast 75A current.
Very high quality European made/USA inverters tend to be extremely expensive. The Advanced Xantra Pure Sine Wave Inverters are very high quality and technologically advanced inverters at the fraction of the cost of other European inverters.