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Chris Hobson

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About Chris Hobson

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    5kVa Mecer/Axpert inverter and 12 250W Yingli panels

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  1. Hi Chris, I am new to solar and  need some help. Two weeks ago I had this setup installed, 12x320w PV Canadian panels + 1xAxpert max 7.2kv + 1 x 5.1kwh 16cell lithium ion battery + app watch power for Android phone. The battery is set to change over to grid at 50% tonight at 10pm the battery was at 35% and not on grid. The app shows PV panels feed  ( strange at 10pm in the dark. I am starting not to trust the installer. Please can assist. Herewith my email [email protected] or mobile 083 648 4843.

  2. hi Chris my king inverter solar input is coming at 100v dc my reading on inverter is showing 59 volts

  3. I just want to check you have a combiner box for your 5S/2P array.
  4. OK CB on PV to MPPT and depending on load CB/battery disconnect between battery and load I have seen a 125A DC CB but they are not common.
  5. Use the direction of current flow into the switch i.e. the source side (PV in this case). You understand why you cannot use a DC CB between MPPT and batteries as sometimes the MPPT is the source and sometimes the batteries are the source. If you have a separate set of wires directly from the battery to load then you can have a CB between MPPT and batteries but then you need a CB/battery disconnect on the load cables depending on the maximum possible draw. I think you have a Victron MPPT. Some Victron MPPTs have terminals for load and others do not. I would be inclined to have a DC CB betw
  6. Morning you need to be careful wiring up DC breakers so that the magnetic field directs the DC spark into the catch cage. If the source is your PV you can bring the wire into the CB either at the top or at the bottom like an isolator but then you must be consistent and ignore the + and - on the other side. Your current flow between MPPT and battery is usually bi-directional and DC circuit breakers are not designed for bi-directional use. The Amps you are going to draw from your battery is could exceed what a DC breaker is able to switch. So I would recommend you have a DC breaker betwe
  7. The fan speed is definitely related to the SCC. We are having a day with broken cloud and the fan speed is varying all the time. Since I have the model with external SCC heatsink the increased fan speed seems unnecessary although I would admit the heatsinks are considerably cooler.
  8. I am going to have to go back to 72.70c. The noise levels are too distracting and although the ability to go into standby is really convenient the noise trumps it. I don't think the fact that the machines run 8 degrees cooler can be used to argue in favour of the more responsive fans. Reversing the fans in 2016 has already got the machines running 15 degrees cooler.
  9. Morning Gerrie - the inverter not switching back on is due to the battery voltage being too close to the battery low cutoff voltage. What the difference needs to be depends on what firmware you have. With @Coulomb's lithium firmware I think it is 2V and vanilla it's 4V. It may be 1V and 2V respectively I can never remember. You can solve this by temporarily lowering the setting of Program 29, switching on the inverter and raising the setting back to its recommended value. There are scenarios where the battery voltage is low and if the inverter was on it would run but the voltage is too low and
  10. I noticed yesterday that the SCC heatsinks were considerably cooler and that the inverters became quiet when we were in float even though I was still drawing 2kW. I have 3000W of PV on the one inverter and 1500W on the other.
  11. My inverters are in our family room/TV room/office next to my desk. The inverters have never bothered me before - when someone used the microwave the fans would be noticeable but other that that the PC made more noise than the inverters. Now with the 2kW baseload I have during the day the inverters are 8 degrees cooler but irritatingly noisy.
  12. A DC contactor where the coil is closed via AC would be ideal NO would power off grid NC would power grid tie. ABB make a DC compliant contactor or you could use a ordinary contactor with a snuffing capacitor.
  13. Hi @wolfandy it works perfectly an switches immediately. Since I have not integrated the script into Node red yet I am using SSH at the moment at the appropriate times. I will after a while be able to see how much I am saving. When I flashed 73.00e I had a "jelly bowel" inducing moment where the flash failed and the inverter appeared to have been bricked. I re flashed again and the inverter came to life with myself being the only thing suffering from the ill effects of the failed flash. @Coulomb is there a version of the firmware that has the standby features of 73.00e and the fan
  14. Ok finally I have it working wake.py One could include a loop to ensure you have an ACK but I'll leave that for the weekend. Thank you so much @Coulomb
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