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ICC for Axperts PI Version 1.1.3

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We are in the final stage of testing of version 1.1.3 for the Pi. Those of you that are data or Emon freaks will just love this version. Every time I had a problem, Manie would ask me to send him a screen shot of the Cluster Info page. The inverter 1 and inverter 2 Return strings are displayed there. Just a bunch of numbers that meant nothing to me. Manie has now split those numbers up and put them in nice little boxes, so the figures now mean something. Not just that, the individual inverter data is also sent to Emon and opens up a whole host of monitoring possibilities. (See below)

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I also requested in another thread that Manie display the Inverter Temperature as well. We are all aware that it is the temperature of the inverter that is plugged into the USB and that it is not possible to display the temperature of the other inverter or inverters. At least it would give you an idea at what temperature your inverters are running at. A lot better than 0 degrees C. The inverter temperature is now also available in the new version in the Inverter tab and MQTT as well. The Inverter Temperature is also sent to Emon. So if you would like to add it somewhere or track your temperature in a graph, it is available.

Inverter Tab:

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It is even available in MQTT:

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Here is the data sent to Emon:

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For those of you that are concerned about your Pi CPU Temperature, you can now monitor it as it is also available on each and every ICC Pi Tab. The Pi CPU Temperature is also sent to Emon if you would like to monitor it there.  589f1cf03d90a_ICCnew3.thumb.JPG.3620a2dfa6da686ef798a86af88c5f60.JPG

 

I asked Manie now that he is displaying each Inverter's return Sting in a separate box (See first pic), can you send the data to Emon? If that was possible, you would in fact have the data for each inverter separately. Just think of all the possibilities. You can now even compare data of your inverters. For those of us that always want to know the output from each PV Array separately, that would just be great. He sent me the latest Version file to test and said "Check out Emon!"

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All I can say is WOW! Manie, you exceeded my expectations by a long way. 

You all have to excuse me now, with the addition of the new data available in Emon, I have a few new graphs to build and a few dashboards to add. That will keep me busy for a day or two. 

Manie will make the new version available as soon as he is happy that it is running stable. 

 

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For those of you that have 2 or more Axpert inverters with individual solar arrays connected to each inverter, you will now be able to monitor each solar array individually in Emon.

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Version 1.13 running stable by me. Will test is some more before releasing it. 41.2 hours !!

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1 hour ago, Manie said:

Version 1.13 running stable by me.

Mine running stable as well @Manie. I only have a few hours on mine. I still have a power problem somewhere. Earth leakage tripped again this morning. Pi rebooted when I reset the Earth Leakage.

I need a UPS for the Pi. All I have spare at this stage is a 1000VA ups, 50 times the size of the Pi. :)

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Thanks for the feedback Don

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2 hours ago, Don said:

Mine running stable as well @Manie. I only have a few hours on mine. I still have a power problem somewhere. Earth leakage tripped again this morning. Pi rebooted when I reset the Earth Leakage.

I need a UPS for the Pi. All I have spare at this stage is a 1000VA ups, 50 times the size of the Pi. :)

I believe this is possible, i'm planning to set it up using a Power Bank. The website below explains how it is possible. 

http://raspi-ups.appspot.com/en/index.jsp

The key is to use a Power Bank that allows it to be charged and discharged at the same time. I know that most of the Romoss Power banks supports this function, like this one at the below link.

http://www.takealot.com/romoss-sailing-4-10400mah-power-bank/PLID32564353

 

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15 minutes ago, PurePower said:

I believe this is possible, i'm planning to set it up using a Power Bank. The website below explains how it is possible. 

http://raspi-ups.appspot.com/en/index.jsp

The key is to use a Power Bank that allows it to be charged and discharged at the same time. I know that most of the Romoss Power banks supports this function, like this one at the below link.

http://www.takealot.com/romoss-sailing-4-10400mah-power-bank/PLID32564353

Why not attach a multiplug that is attach to your inverter and use your inverter as a Big ups. Mine in connected this way.

 

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2 minutes ago, Manie said:

Why not attach a multiplug that is attach to your inverter and use your inverter as a Big ups. Mine in connected this way.

 

That would work as well. I don't have any plugs that are close by and that is connected to the inverter :D

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I will realy not buy something like a Ups for the pi. Even if I must use a extension, i will rather do that 

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1 minute ago, Manie said:

I will realy not buy something like a Ups for the pi. Even if I must use a extension, i will rather do that 

True, not worth the money... i'll look into an extension cable. Thanks.

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The problem is you will have to connect it directly to the inverter cables as the inverter does not come with a socket where you can plug in a plug. 

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my output of the Inverter is going to a db that supply plugs etc, take the power from one of the plugs.

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Mine goes to a DB as well with an earth leakage. If the earth leakage trips, I don't have power on the plugs, although the inverters are running.

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4 minutes ago, Don said:

 

Mine goes to a DB as well with an earth leakage. If the earth leakage trips, I don't have power on the plugs, although the inverters are running.

 

When it trips, do you not power as all for the house ?

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1 hour ago, Don said:

Yes, the whole house runs from the DB. If E/L trips, nothing works, not even the lights.

Then i suggest you fix the underlying issue that is causing the earth leakage trip :)

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My setup is the same as Don's. I have a local circuit at the inverter, as it is seperate from the house. My pi has lost power many times, as a result of overloading. I have a old S4 that displays the VNC ICC graphs, but by afternoon, the graph compresses so much, that an overload is not easily seen by our helper. So an old 7" tablet was dusted off, a new dashboard created to focus on the load, was quickly done this evening. See photo with S4 top right, and tablet below. Much better.

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7 hours ago, PurePower said:

That would work as well. I don't have any plugs that are close by and that is connected to the inverter :D

I use a power bank not to have pi running 100% but to prevent that the SD card gets damaged in case of a power failure. It happened to me because i did not "poweroff" but simply pulled the plug.  Worked many times, but not always...

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@Manie  this is just to say that the ICC-Pi 1.1.3 beta that I am testing has been rock solid since I first installed it which is 41 hours ago. You certainly added a lot of additional features already described by @Don  on an earlier post. Some more testing may be prudent but I doubt that any gremlins will materialise. Congratulations on a job well done. Users will be pleased when the final version is released.

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16 hours ago, Manie said:

Why not attach a multiplug that is attach to your inverter and use your inverter as a Big ups. Mine in connected this way.

I actually have my CCGX connected that way (long story, ran out of time on a Saturday afternoon and it was just easier to use a wall wart than put in more wiring), and this has the irritating result that when you update firmware on the inverter or change assistant settings (which require a restart) the ccgx gets bounced too. So the obvious answer (for me) is to power it from the batteries. Same goes for overload as @Sidewinder says.

I like the powerbank idea. But I'm going to use one of these (for the Pi, not the CCGX, CCGX already has its own SMPS inside), a DC-DC converter with a current limiter onboard (I rather prefer to have the current limiter there). I can get away with it because I have a 24V system. The trouble is finding buck converters that can handle >65V. The common LM2596HV only goes to 60V, after that it becomes hard and expensive, but I doubt it will be more expensive than a power bank :-)

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Also guys, check out loot.co.za, they have the power banks cheap today. Must say, looking at the specs: Only 300 cycles? Sure, I know that's if you use the full 100% but I was expecting more for Li-Ion :-)

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