CP Masters, Guthrie, Oklahoma, delivers cathodic protection, which is a technique for corrosion control and prevention of corroding metallic structures, such as pipelines, to the oil and gas industries in North America. The company helps clients mitigate risk, decrease unscheduled downtime and repairs, and assure owners and communities that environmental best practices are in place. The company relies on solar power in many installations where gas and oil fields in remote locations are far from traditional power grids. The availability of solar power is a critical component of the company’s promise “to protect clients’ equipment and prevent dangerous leaks in well casings and pipelines.”
To ensure 24/7 uptime for client installations CP Masters chose to use OutBack FLEXmax maximum power point tracking (MPPT) charge controllers. The plan is to use them on upcoming installations covering approximately 1,200 client sites where reliability is required in a range of harsh environmental conditions, including temperatures from 120° to -40° F.
The controller’s built-in temperature compensation prevents batteries from overcharging or undercharging under severe conditions, either of which can lead to significant expense over time. Because the controllers have a built-in disconnect function, CP Masters was able to stop investing in external disconnect cards and in manually connecting controllers to relays at each site. As part of its technology implementation plans, the company is also adopting OutBack’s Radian-series inverters and is piloting MATE3 and HUB system displays and controllers to seamlessly program, manage and monitor solar energy systems.
The controller’s built-in disconnect feature ends the labor involved in building 100 external disconnect systems per year and saves $50,000 annually in related expenses. Temperature compensation reduces battery replacement costs—one of the largest expenses occurring in client applications. And it delivers safe, reliable, renewable energy to power remote gas and oil fields to protect mission-critical equipment.
“OutBack Power helps us ensure 24/7 uptime for installations in remote gas fields where our clients must leverage solar energy for power,” said Brandon Langley, vice president of manufacturing, CP Masters.