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Introducing Enphase IQ7

Introducing Enphase IQ7 - Available Now at RFI

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RFI is excited to be an authorised distributor of the new Enphase IQ7 micro-inverter range. Enphase’s seventh-generation microinverters are powered by our unique software-defined architecture, offering the most efficient design with a single hardware SKU worldwide. With 96.5% EU efficiency, the IQ 7 series produces up to 23% more power at nearly half the weight of the S-Series.

The All New Enphase IQ7

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Enphase IQ 7 + Enphase IQ 7
Suitable For Residential / Commercial Suitable For Residential / Commercial
Commonly Used Module Pairing –Input Power 235-400W Commonly Used Module Pairing –Input Power 195-330W
Module Compatibility 60- and 72-cell modules Module Compatibility 60-cell modules
Smart Grid Ready Smart Grid Ready
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Key Features

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Light

  • Much easier handling on the roof
  • IQ 7 is 47% lighter than S270
Flexible

  • New lighter Q Cable for more flexible design
  • Simpler branch layout
Powerful

  • Supports both 60 and 72 cell modules
  • IQ 7 delivers 23% more power than S-Series
  • Most efficient microinverter at 96.5%

Components and Accessories

Enphase has released a complete range of accessories, including the new Q Cable system and relays.

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PDDs and Downloads

Below are all critical resources you’ll need, including installation guides, information on the new cable and connectors, FAQ’s and much more!

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RFI Signs Distribution Agreement for OCC’s Fibre Cable and Connectivity Range

RFI Technology Solutions (RFI) is pleased to announce that they have signed a distribution agreement with Optical Cable Corporation (“OCC®) covering the Australian, New Zealand and Pacific regions. The agreement provides RFI with distribution rights in these markets for OCC’s range of fiber optic cables, fiber optic connectivity, copper cables and assemblies.

OCC is internationally recognised for engineering and manufacturing of a variety of high-performance, top-tier cabling and connectivity solutions. They are a leading manufacturer of a broad range of fiber optic solutions, offering an integrated suite of high quality products, which operate as a system solution.

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Harsh Environment Specialists

OCC is the ideal choice for industrial fibre applications in harsh environments, making it well suited for SCADA networks in utilities and for solutions in military, oil/gas, transport and mining applications. The OCC range of fibre connectivity includes pigtails and patch leads, enclosures, pre-terminated cables, connectors and adaptors.

We are excited to partner with OCC to incorporate their range of world class fibre into our product portfolio. We believe the range is a great fit to complement our growing fibre and data technology solutions.” Scott Magee, RFI CEO, commented.

Who is OCC?

Optical Cable Corporation (“OCC®”) designs tight-buffered cables to be smarter than the most challenging situations, and tougher than the toughest environments. In addition, OCC’s innovation and expertise has moved beyond cable products to entire connectivity systems.

As pioneers in fibre optic cable, OCC is manufacturing a broad range of tight buffered fiber optic cables and copper data communication cabling and connectivity solutions primarily for specialty and harsh environment applications, including military, industrial, mining, petrochemical, wireless carrier and broadcast applications. OCC offers an integrated suite of high quality products, which operate as a system solution or seamlessly integrate with other providers’ offerings.

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Who is RFI Technology Solutions?

RFI is a global technology solutions company, specialising in wireless coverage and solar power. RFI has one of the largest, most innovative and experienced wireless and solar solutions teams with dedicated engineers, product managers, deployment engineers, logistics, distribution and R&D staff. We are proud to be an Australian success story with manufacturing, distribution and warehousing across Australia, NZ, the USA and the UK.

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RFI’s Fibre and Data Solutions Range

RFI’s fibre and data connectivity solutions are designed specifically for harsh environments. RFI offers a comprehensive range of distribution fibre cable, loose tube fibre cable and enclosures for a range of industrial applications.

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Video Resources

So just why is OCC the perfect solution for harsh environments? The next 2 videos perfectly explain why they’re the preferred choice for installation in mining, tunnels, oil and gas, military, SCADA and other harsh environment applications.

Want to hear from us?

Want one of our Technology Solutions team to visit you and explain the full range? Or do you want to receive more regular communications on the fibre and data solutions we can offer? Register at the link below and we’ll be in touch!

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Launching the Sunny Boy Storage 5

Join RFI Product Manager Owen Fulton as he introduces the key features and benefits of the Sunny Boy Storage 5.0!

With the SUNNY BOY STORAGE multi-string battery inverter, for the first time, up to three different high-voltage batteries can be connected to one battery inverter. To connect larger batteries, three DC inputs can also be connected in parallel.

The Sunny Boy Storage has integrated emergency power, which can be switched manually. Furthermore, it can even take over the entire electricity supply of the three line conductors via the optional automatic transfer unit.

Thanks to proven AC coupling, the Sunny Boy Storage is ideally suited to new and retrofitted systems. The integrated web server enables fast and easy commissioning, which is also possible via smartphone or laptop.

Energy flows in the household are fully transparent thanks to the direct connection to Sunny Portal and Sunny Places.

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RFI launches new Fibre Connectivity, IoT and Data Solutions at CEBIT 2018

RFI Technology Solutions (RFI) is excited to launch a range of new solutions at CEBIT 2018, further expanding its growing technology portfolio. At CEBIT 2018, we will be launching:

  • Fibre/connectivity solutions, designed specifically for harsh environments.
  • RFI’s next generation IoT and Telemetry Solution
  •  RFI’s Digital Drift Technology

This will be supported with our complete technology solutions offering. This includes Wireless Coverage solutions, IoT and M2M solutions, as well as Solar and Battery storage solutions for Telecom/IoT/M2M sites.

Launching Fibre & Data Solutions at CEBIT 2018!

RFI is excited to debut our new fibre connectivity range at CEBIT 2018, including:

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RFI’s new range is perfectly suited for industrial fibre applications in harsh environments.

Further announcements will be made in the coming weeks, including distribution partnerships with major Fibre connectivity manufacturers.

Launching RFI’s Next Generation IoT and Telemetry Solution!

Introducing the Universal Hub- with a future-proof, expansion ready design, functional truly meets simple.

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In conjunction with the Universal Hub, RFI will also be launching our new LoRA IoT solution on the stand.

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Launching our Digital Drift Solution – for high-speed Tunnel, Wi-Fi, Video & Tracking!

RFI will be displaying its Digital Drift technology, with high speed Wi-Fi & video capabilities live on our stand. The Digital Drift System is fit for purpose, access layer network for challenging industrial environments with linear topology. The solution:

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What else are we displaying?

  • Wireless Coverage Solutions including our Cellular and radio rebroadcast capabilities
  • IoT and M2M solutions, including our modems, patented antennas, LoRA and cloud-based software
  • Solar and Storage solutions for Telecom/IoT/M2M sites, including BYD battery storage

Is there a particular solution you’re interested in? RFI is pre-arranging meetings on the stand. Book in an appointment at the link below.

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BYD & SMA Storage Launch Event

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Join RFI’s exclusive launch event, serving canapés and drinks! This is a FREE event, so please register as SPOTS are limited!

With the launch of the much-anticipated SMA Sunny Boy Storage 5.0 (perfectly partnered with the BYD HV), we will have presentations from SMA and BYD including:

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6pm-9pm Wednesday 23rd May

During Australian Energy Storage Conference

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Sean’s Kitchen, Sky City Casino Adelaide

A short 5 min walk from the Adelaide Convention Centre

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Introducing RFI’s Solar Modems

RFI designs and manufactures antennas, modems and cloud-based monitoring software to suit Australian 4G bands. Our global-leading modems for solar are rugged and built to last in the harsh Australian conditions.

The Range

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The perfect connectivity solution for remote sites and for commercial systems. 4G cellular for remote monitoring connectivity to the site. WIFI for use during site maintenance visits.

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The Unimax4GX modem provides superior 4GX cellular signal strength performance for energy system monitoring applications.

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Spurious Challenge 2018

The Spurious Challenge took sail around Sydney Harbour for its 29th year! Sponsored by RFI, the Spurious Challenge is an annual sailing event for the NSW Radio Communications industry, giving the industry the chance to go head-to-head on the high seas. RFI sailed home for the win for the 1st time since 2015 in very windy conditions!

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RFI expands its mining portfolio with the acquisition of Digital Drift

RFI Technology Solutions is pleased to announce it has acquired the assets of Digital Drift™. Digital Drift™ provides power distribution and high-speed network connectivity to devices in challenging industrial environments, including: underground mines, tunnels, processing plants and agriculture.

The acquisition includes the product designs, intellectual property, manufacturing rights and key staff.

The acquisition of Digital Drift complements our fibre optic and wireless offerings, enabling RFI to provide complete data network solutions to underground mines – from the surface to the working face” Scott Magee, CEO of RFI commented.“This is an exciting technology solution with huge potential and advantages for our customers, particularly in the mining sector.”

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Introducing RFI’s 800MHz Corporate Collinear Range

Introducing RFI’s 800MHz Corporate Collinear Range

RFI is excited to introduce our leading range of 800MHz Corporate Collinears into the Asia Pacific Region, expanding our extensive base station antenna offering for our APAC customers.

The 800MHz Corporate Collinear series is being launched into Asia due to their technical characteristics being ideally suited to Public safety, utilities and transport solutions in the region. This includes applications that require wide bandwidth, higher power and more channels. The Corporate range’s PIM and PIP ratings plus greater pattern control enabling more predictable coverage from modelling through to implementation/rollout.

The 800MHz corporate series is a complete offering including 3dBd, 6dBd, 8dBd and 10.5dBd alternatives, in downtilt variants with up to 5° of downtilt.

These robust, high-powered antennas cover the frequency range of 746-870MHz, and are a great replacement for traditional exposed dipole array antennas, packaged in a low profile fibreglass radome, and field invertible mounting capability (0° downtilt variants only). This preferred form factor provides a reduction in wind loading, ice loading and tower loading when compared to exposed dipole array configurations.

Key Features

  • High power, high gain and lower loss
  • Maximised gain, 3dBd, 6dBd, 8dBd and 10.5dBd options
  • Extraordinary bandwidth characteristics
  • Superior pattern control
  • Improved manufacturability and repeatability
  • -150 dBc PIM rated
  • 25KW PIP rating
  • Available with up to 5° of downtilt
  • Field Invertible (excludes tilt variants)
  • Elements directly grounded for improved stability and reduction of static precipitation

Applications

RFI supplied the CC807 corporate collinear antennas into a wind farm project in the Baltic Sea. Typically these systems would use TETRA for voice and WiMAX for data, but this particular project has utilised LTE in place of TETRA & WiMAX.

RFI’s CC807 corporate collinear antennas have been employed on the offshore installation vessels, for their high strength, low profile construction and omnidirectional broadband coverage. Covering 746-870MHz band, RFI’s CC807 series antennas have been a great success in this LTE application.

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To read the full case study, please click the link below.

RFI’s Corporate Technology

Performance

The true corporate feed design maintains full pattern stability over the broad operating bandwidth, similar performance only to that previously offered by exposed dipole configurations. RFI’s new corporate collinear arrays offer greater flexibility when considering site design and installation, combine more channels with more accurate pattern control, and no beam tilt cross the band. RFI’s corporate antenna range has been designed with an exceptional power rating of 500W across the band as well as a Peak Instantaneous Power (PIP) rating of 25kW to cater for the peak voltage levels present in large multi-carrier combining environments. RFI’s refined design processes and proven construction methods achieve a PIM rating of –150dBc, further ensuring performance is maintained for the service life of the antenna.

Corporate Structure

The unique corporate phasing system employed within this antenna ensures excellent pattern and phase control. This coupled with precision element reproduction and placement, produces exceptional bandwidth, offers lower loss, maximises gain and ensures PIM and PIP rated electrical performance throughout the lifetime of the antenna.

Corporate Design

RFI has incorporated its patented flexible PCB technology into the design of its corporate arrays to ensure repeatability and performance of the elements every time. The dipoles are grounded directly to a brass support tube, and onto the lightning spike at the top of the radome providing a robust finish with exceptional lightning protection, better stability and a reduction of static precipitation noise.

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The Range

RFI’s 800 MHz range covers 746-870MHz with various gain and Downtilt options.

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Digital Drift enables underground loaders to be operated from the surface at a nickel mine in Western Australia

An underground nickel mine in Western Australia has deployed the Digital Drift System to remotely operate their underground loaders from the surface. The loaders are fitted with RCT’s ControlMaster Guidance System and work across ore drives on multiple levels. Digital Drift connected eleven levels to the surface at a fraction of the cost of the fibre alternative, and was installed by the mine’s own tradespeople.

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