Newsletter Archive

E-News Issue #10

12 June 1998

The first bit of news that we have for you this month is that for the Alco/Apex range of batteries we have received some different specifications for the 100 hour rates and a few dimensions have changed as well. Some laboratory cycle tests which show there is a big difference between the small and large batteries are available on request.

We will be running a SEIAA accreditation course from 16 to 20th July for people in the industry. If you are interested to receive more details, please contact Peter Pedals.

The new Plasmatronic LCD regulator still isn't released due to a persistent bug in the software. We'll let you know when it becomes available.

Speaking of viruses, we'd prefer not to send or receive 'executable files' through email. I think email is great for straight text but I suggest FAX and snail mail is still best for pictures, diagrams or nice looking documents. At the moment, the consensus is that you can't get a virus from a straight 'text' email.

New Products

We have also decided to sell the Shurflo 9300 series submersible pump. In conjunction with an optimiser, it can run direct off one or two panels or alternatively it can be connected to a 12 or 24V battery bank. Send us your postal address for more details.

World News

The EPA in the USA has announced an agreement with most major TV and VCR manufacturers to reduce average standby power from 12-12W to 3-4W. The EPA estimates that if all TV/VCRs shifted to this low standby power, billions of kWh and hundreds of millions of dollars would be saved annually. This is certainly good news for the environment, however, it probably won't help those of us with inverters as such a small load on its own will still use the same minimum run power on the inverter.

Next month, I will have some results of running a 230V domestic pressure pump off an inverter. If you run such a pump, perhaps you can give me some feedback on its performance, current draw etc.

Drop me an email if you'd like to see something in particular in your next newsletter.

Cheers from Dave and all the RPC crew.

Dave Lambert (Director)

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We install solar systems in Northern NSW and Southern QLD.


QLD:
Gold Coast (from Coolangatta to Southport), Nerang and Hinterland (Beaudesert) and out West (Warwick, Stanthorpe, Killarney)


NSW:
Northern NSW (Tweed Heads to Yamba, including Evans Head, Byron Bay and Ballina); the Far North Coast Hinterland (Grafton via Lismore to Murwillumbah) and out West (Casino to Tenterfield, including Drake and Tabulam, as well as Woodenbong and Bonalbo)

For larger system we also go up to Brisbane or down to Coffs Harbour and even Glen Innes. Other places by arrangement.