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  1. Thank you to you all for your contributions to this thread - although there isn't all good news there is some valuable insight.
  2. So basically only buy an Axpert if you live in the bush!
  3. @The Terrible Triplett Thanks again for more insight! So what I'm hearing is there is no legal way of using an Axpert on a premises where there is an Eskom connection and PV because a) it is not an approved inverter and b) because it is not a UPS but rather an MPPT device. Would you say its considered legal (assuming there is a CoC) for an Axpert to be installed as a 'UPS' on a premise with no PV?
  4. @The Terrible Triplett Thanks for the more detailed clarification, makes a lot more sense now. What approach are the approved installers taking with Axperts? From you explanation and the City of CT documents the only patterns that are legal would be installing an Axpert as a UPS with no PV source or installing it in a pure off-grid model with no Eskom source? @Chris Hobson He's at the point where he has been fighting for weeks and they just won't accept anything other than being totally off-grid or grid supplied. You right, now they losing because my fried has bought a genset and would r
  5. Thanks for the feedback so far guys. I share all your sentiments and in my mind all these SSEG regulations applied to grid tie installations. But apparently this is not so and the regulations have been amended to include off-grid (solar charged UPS) installations as well. He has CoC for all his wiring and has sought advice from a PrEng who has provided some support with appeasing the City of Cape Town but was unable to get them to allow the Axpert to stay connected to the AC incoming line. He is an engineer himself so is also pedantic with wiring standards! As I understand the City of Cape Tow
  6. Hi All, I'd really appreciate your advice to help one of our own. A friend of mine who is a recently retired engineer has invested a lot of money in his off-grid system, doing his bit for saving mother earth and reducing his monthly expenses as he eases into retirement. Next thing the City of Cape Town knocks on his door because his monthly bill is so low. His system is comprised of 2x 5kva Axperts, 12x 200AH batteries, small wind turbine and 4KW PV. The City of Cape Town has come to the following conclusions: Axpert inverters are not on the City’s approved inverter list. An
  7. Thanks SilverN, just to clarify that the council earth is connected, I just disconnected temporarily to ensure that the house earth spike was within spec on its own without the help of the council.
  8. When I tested the ohms I first physically disconnected the earth wire of the council from the earth bar in the board on the street and only tested resistance of earth spike which was 12ohms. Then I reconnected council earth wire and got a reading of 1ohm.
  9. I've been working with C1N3 to try and resolve and we've had no luck and getting to the point of returning the unit to Mustek because we can't get it working. Inverter works perfectly and carries load when Eskom breaker is down and only running off PV and battery supplying UPS loads. As soon as the AC input breaker on the mains side of inverter is flipped inverter throws fault 19 and goes offline. We have tried: - 2x different Infini units and get same error (we got another unit from Mustek) - 2x different electricians to review the installation on the AC side - Tested earth resistance w
  10. Thanks guys, I guess that's a good acid test if its a proper hybrid or not.
  11. Thanks for the replies guys. Sorry, another 'silly question'... Would either the Imeon or Infini range of inverters be able to work in a PV mode (blending solar with grid or in a grid only mode) if there was no battery bank connected at all? Or do they all need the battery bank as a capacitor of sorts to carry the load between switching modes etc?
  12. Just been reviewing the manual, please can I have your thoughts on the following scenarios with this machine? Am I correct in understanding that the Infini can't blend PV with grid together (like the Imeon can) to carry the load; its in either one mode or the other (more similar to the Axpert) and its a matter of how its configured in terms of priority as to which source delivers the load. e.g. lets assume the load demand is 1000W, there is only 900W of PV available and PV is the number 1 priority to deliver the load; can the 900W of PV be blended with 100W of Eskom to be able to service
  13. Thanks for the feedback guys. This machine really fills a gap in the single phase grid tie space and the fact that it's stackable really sets it apart from the other options at the price point. Mike please keep us posted on whether it works with AICC software or if you pickup any issues.
  14. Looks great Mike. Any news of these getting SANS approval on the SSEG inverter list yet?
  15. Something like these will change your life! 35mm cable will fit perfectly into every lug, every time.
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