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I have an Axpert inverter with a single Solar MD Li-Ion 3.7 kWh battery, and 12 x 330w PV panels.  My aim is generally to save Eskom costs, but also, to see me through load shedding. I am a novice user looking to learn more.

i have three questions. 

1. What are the recommended standard Axpert settings for this combo ? Current settings are:

01 - Sol  02 - 20a  03 - UPS  04 - SdS  05 - USE  06 - LtE  07 - ttE  09 - 50hz  11 - 20a  12 - 51v  13 - 53v  16 - CS0 

18 - bOF  19 - ESP  20 - LON  22 - AOF  25 - FEN  26 - 54.8  27 - 53.8  28 - 51 G  29 - 48.0v  30 - ONE  31 - SbE 

32 - AVt  33 - EdS  34 - 54.8v  35 - 60  36 - 120  37 - 30d  38 - d1 5  39 - AdS

Anything look amiss?

2. When loadshedding is frequent, and at night, the battery is running out as there is not sufficient time to recharge by Eskom.  At night the battery would normally power the house till about 11pm, run down to 20% and then Eskimo power would keep it at 20% and carry the load until sunlight.  I want this to be rather at around 35% to 40%.  What settings should I change to achieve this? (I have a second battery on order, arriving next week)

3.  Can a quality battery monitor be added to this system?  I have been reading about the disadvantages of using voltage level only to gauge battery level (as Axpert does) and was wondering whether a battery monitor would benefit me.

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, DesRamsay said:

I have an Axpert inverter with a single Solar MD Li-Ion 3.7 kWh battery,

I don't know if that is 15S or 16S LFP, or some other chemistry. I'll just assume that your float and bulk/CV settings are as per the manufacturer's suggestions.

5 hours ago, DesRamsay said:

1. What are the recommended standard Axpert settings for this combo ? Current settings are:

02 and 11 (maximum charge current) seem a bit low for a 3.7 kWh battery. I'd be tempted to increase these to 30 A (so 60 A when the second battery arrives, maybe cut it back to 50 A).

 

5 hours ago, DesRamsay said:

At night the battery would normally power the house till about 11pm, run down to 20% and then Eskimo power would keep it at 20% and carry the load until sunlight.  I want this to be rather at around 35% to 40%.  What settings should I change to achieve this?

Setting 12, and possibly 13. You are very limited with the voltages there, they are in whole volts. So try setting 2 at 52 V.

5 hours ago, DesRamsay said:

3.  Can a quality battery monitor be added to this system?  I have been reading about the disadvantages of using voltage level only to gauge battery level (as Axpert does) and was wondering whether a battery monitor would benefit me.

Yes, voltage based switching is bad, but it's built-in and convenient. ICC can switch PylonTechs at a specific real SOC, but I doubt that they support your Solar MD. You could roll your own, if you're that way inclined, but it's a fair bit of work.

You mentioned figures like 20% SOC and 35-40% SOC; are these from the battery itself or from the inverter? If you have an accurate SOC reading from the battery, then you won't benefit much from another BMS; the battery is presumably already protecting itself.

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15 hours ago, DesRamsay said:

I meant 35-40% battery charge level.

Yes, but according to who? If it's from a display on the battery, then it will very likely be accurate. If you're getting this from an Axpert inverter, or from monitoring software that gets the figure from an Axpert inverter, then it will be almost completely inaccurate.

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On 2019/03/24 at 10:49 AM, DesRamsay said:

I have an Axpert inverter with a single Solar MD Li-Ion 3.7 kWh battery, and 12 x 330w PV panels.  My aim is generally to save Eskom costs, but also, to see me through load shedding. I am a novice user looking to learn more.

i have three questions. 

1. What are the recommended standard Axpert settings for this combo ? Current settings are:

01 - Sol  02 - 20a  03 - UPS  04 - SdS  05 - USE  06 - LtE  07 - ttE  09 - 50hz  11 - 20a  12 - 51v  13 - 53v  16 - CS0 

18 - bOF  19 - ESP  20 - LON  22 - AOF  25 - FEN  26 - 54.8  27 - 53.8  28 - 51 G  29 - 48.0v  30 - ONE  31 - SbE 

32 - AVt  33 - EdS  34 - 54.8v  35 - 60  36 - 120  37 - 30d  38 - d1 5  39 - AdS

Anything look amiss?

2. When loadshedding is frequent, and at night, the battery is running out as there is not sufficient time to recharge by Eskom.  At night the battery would normally power the house till about 11pm, run down to 20% and then Eskimo power would keep it at 20% and carry the load until sunlight.  I want this to be rather at around 35% to 40%.  What settings should I change to achieve this? (I have a second battery on order, arriving next week)

3.  Can a quality battery monitor be added to this system?  I have been reading about the disadvantages of using voltage level only to gauge battery level (as Axpert does) and was wondering whether a battery monitor would benefit me.

 

 

 

I would recommend you contact solarmd support team ([email protected]) and give them the logger SN, I had similar issue, they have another software which they run for the Axperts ( Axpert Ai), this assures you knock the Axpert on the exact % SoC What you wish. They solved it for me in like 10 min ( it was working hours).

It has 3 basic functions ( day setting -  Minimum SoC / Night setting - Minimum SoC and also at what SoC needs to start charging from the grid and with what current).
 

Then it changes the settings dynamically, makes sure battery is always charged as well as your wished SoC - similar like ESS of Victron. 

They don't put it as a standard, as they give option of the installer to set it up and it works only if you have original Voltronic Axpert MKS 5kW.

Keep well and let me know if helpful.

S

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On 2019/06/22 at 8:23 PM, Shawn_Mueller said:

Keep well and let me know if helpful.


S

Thanks very much for this info.  I will discuss it with my installer and see if I can get this done.  I am about to order a third battery, which should see me through 24 hours.  In general this system works well for me. 

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8 hours ago, DesRamsay said:

Thanks very much for this info.  I will discuss it with my installer and see if I can get this done.  I am about to order a third battery, which should see me through 24 hours.  In general this system works well for me. 

Still, I think Ai valuable to make sure battery is always well charged!

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