Ampcontrol has been awarded ‘Excellence in Product Design’ and ‘Collaboration Partnership’ at the 2021 Hunter Manufacturing Awards.
The Boundary Power Solar Cube, a rapidly deployable Stand-Alone Power System (SAPS) received the accolade for Excellence in Product Design. Ampcontrol’s collaboration with Steber International and The University of Newcastle to develop a hybrid diesel-electric boat was recognised in the ‘Collaboration Partnership’ category.
Excellence In Product Design
Rapidly deployable Stand-Alone Power System, Solar Cube
Boundary Power is a joint venture collaboration between Ampcontrol and Horizon Power. It combines both parties’ design, construction, deployment, and operations expertise to deliver a new, innovative series of stand-alone power system solutions to the market.
The Solar Cube solution is a self-sufficient power generation unit that incorporates solar photovoltaic panels, inverters, battery storage technology and a back-up generator, making it possible to replace traditional poles and wires networks with an off-grid, clean power solution.
A result of thoughtful engineering and manufacturing, the Solar Cube 90 minute rapid deployment methodology represents one of its most innovative features, differentiating it from other stand-alone power system solutions currently in the marketplace.
Commenting on the Excellence In Product Design win, Ampcontrol Managing Director & CEO and Boundary Power Director Rod Henderson said, “We are absolutely thrilled for our Solar Cube to be recognised for its excellence in product design at the Hunter Manufacturing Awards.
At Ampcontrol, we have been designing and manufacturing innovative products for over 50 years that make a meaningful difference to people’s lives and communities worldwide. Through our partnership with Horizon Power, Boundary Power is designing evolving technologies and solutions that are leading Australia into renewable energy generation.”
Hybrid Diesel-Electric Boat
In an example of the immense benefits of industry, government and education uniting, a collaborative partnership between Ampcontrol, The University of Newcastle and Steber International developed a hybrid diesel-electric boat in late 2020.
Leaders in Australian boat manufacturing and industrial composite technology, Steber International approached Ampcontrol in 2018 requesting assistance to develop a prototype hybrid police boat. Ampcontrol’s leading technology and engineering expertise were applied to the project to leverage the silence of the electric power system, enabling a whisper-quiet mode for operations requiring some stealth.
Commenting on the second award win at the event, Henderson added, “The hybrid diesel-electric boat project is an excellent showcase of what can be enabled when you bring together the great minds, capabilities and ingenuity of university, industry and government bodies – and all done right here in Australia.
As the world adjusts to the global pandemic, it is fantastic to see a renewed focus on local manufacturing and a carbon reduced future; thank you to the Hunter Manufacturing Awards for continually championing our industry and region. We are honoured to receive these two acknowledgements together with Boundary Power, Horizon Power, Steber International and the University of Newcastle”, concluded Henderson.
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