Well, this is new. Years ago, Heart Interface Corporation made a really nice line of renewable energy and vehicle ac inverters and inverter charger units. At some point, the company became Trace Engineering, which was then bought out by Xantrex, who promptly worked hard to make most of the better products and engineering go away in favor of nasty Chinese rubbish. 😛
Well, Heart Akerson is still around today in Costa Rica, and his new company, Heart Transverter, has a pretty fun product going.
Basically, it’s one green 2KW box of switching converters, software defined and highly programmable, with two dc input/output busses, one +50VDC output, one ac input, and one ac output… and it does… anything you want it to, including serving as a grid tie inverter, pv controller, charge control ….
A companion unit can be used for sophisticated load monitoring and control of six circuits.
It is designed and manufactured in Costa Rica, which is pretty amazing in itself.
The brains of the system are on a small remote control unit about the size of a sandwich, with a usb interface for programming.
Believe me, I’m most curious and intrigued. I didn’t get to see it running today, sadly. I’d love to see this in action.
I should add that the Heart Transverter logo is pretty cool. Yeah, I have a little obsession with how neat the old Heart Interface logo was 😛