AC, DC and Backup
The standard Smart BaseStation™ has both AC and DC voltages available, but a DC only version is also available. Based on the renowned inverter-chargers from Victron Energy, Smart BaseStation can supply 230V from 500W to 3000W (larger options are available on request). In addition to converting power from the DC battery bank to AC, the Smart BaseStation™ can also be connected to a generator or mains power supply.
When connected, Smart BaseStation™ automatically switches away from the batteries and feeds AC power directly to the electrical equipment being used. This changeover happens at in 12ms, which is fast enough to keep even sensitive electronics continuously powered. As well as feeding power from the generator or mains directly, Smart BaseStation™ then uses the surplus power to boost charge the battery bank simultaneously.
If a backup generator with an autostart function is available, Smart BaseStation™ can be set up to automatically start/stop the generator depending on the battery state of charge. The autostart function can also be set to activate the generator when the electrical load exceeds the capacity of the onboard inverter. In these instances, Smart BaseStation™ combines both power sources (both generator feed and battery bank) to maximise efficiency.
Methanol Fuel Cell
Where the the power supply is absolutely crucial, Smart BaseStation™ can be fitted with a 45W or 110W Efoy methanol fuel cell - contact us for more information.
Producing power is only one half of the equation and storing that power is the other. As well as storing power to be used, the battery bank is also the “reserve”. In many parts of the world, there will be days where there is neither much sun or wind. On these days, we must rely on the reserve power to keep equipment running. Smart BaseStation™ is fitted with a bank of industrial grade deep-cycle AGM (Absorbent Glass Matting) batteries that are designed to give many years’ service, even when they are heavily used.
AGM batteries do not contain any free-liquid electrolyte and can even be used upside down, meaning that they are much more suited to the rigours of transport. As standard, Smart BaseStation™ is fitted with six 120Ah batteries, storing a total of 8.64kWh of energy. For greater storage, you also have the option of “daisy-chaining” systems together.
Sea and Air Freight Friendly
VRLA AGM batteries in the Smart BaseStation™ comply with IATA Special Provisions A48 and A67 and are non-restricted goods. They are securely packaged, protected from short circuits and isolated with external switch. Each battery is strapped down, all batteries are in an internal case within an external protective metal case.