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RCT -Axpert 5k - ICC Pi-V2 Complete kit (Licensed) Pi 4 (4 GB)


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Hi

My PV installation is near complete and now I am in the hunt for management software.

 

It seems that ICC is a recommended option, but I need confirmation from other members. They suggest ICC Pi-V2 Complete kit (Licensed) Pi 4 (4 GB).

My setup is:

1 x Axpert 5K PF1 off grid with firmware 74.40e

2 x LiFeP04 6kw batteries (parallel connected) with build-in BMS that does NOT talk to anything (ithiumbatteriessouthafrica.co.za)

12 x Canadian Solar 410 panels (2 panels per string in series) which all come together in a combiner box and then connects to the inverter

My change over switch completely isolate the Inverter (and PV) from the utility

 

Being an Axpert the lack of "real" battery management is of concern so hence the reason for this post.

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Lots of people got burned on ICC where they pay for a license and can't get upgrades.  Do your research and search on the forum.  Not sure who, "they" are, but yeah, let's just say the ICC developer is out for money and if you buy from the wrong person or don't read the fine print, you get to pay full price more than once just to get software updates including emails accusing you have using pirated software.

I don't know the full story but apparently a deal was made that went south and now the ICC developer has made it his customers problem.

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34 minutes ago, Gnome said:

Lots of people got burned on ICC where they pay for a license and can't get upgrades.  Do your research and search on the forum.  Not sure who, "they" are, but yeah, let's just say the ICC developer is out for money and if you buy from the wrong person or don't read the fine print, you get to pay full price more than once just to get software updates including emails accusing you have using pirated software.

I don't know the full story but apparently a deal was made that went south and now the ICC developer has made it his customers problem.

 

I believe there are two people. Partner / Dev split right? 
The "correct" place to get ICC from is http://iccsoftware.co.za ? 

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1 minute ago, Rclegg said:

 

I believe there are two people. Partner / Dev split right? 
The "correct" place to get ICC from is http://iccsoftware.co.za ? 

Who knows.  All I know is, customers are caught in the middle of a feud that they have no context on or care about.  Seems pretty shoddy to me for customers to need to pay for the mistakes by whomever caused this whole debacle.

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5 minutes ago, Gnome said:

Who knows.  All I know is, customers are caught in the middle of a feud that they have no context on or care about.  Seems pretty shoddy to me for customers to need to pay for the mistakes by whomever caused this whole debacle.

 

Agreed. It's an unfortunate situation. 

 

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1 hour ago, wimsza said:

forgot to say I obviously need some BMS hw, such as Victron BMV712

Yes, should be a nice solution. You can connect the BMV to ICC and let it talk to your inverter.

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One other thing that I would highly recommend (also mentioned in another post somewhere here): Do not use the USB cable that came with your inverter but rather buy a new USB 2.0 cable. Apparently the original USB cable that comes with the Axpert is a very old standard and can cause comms issues between ICC and the Axpert. I have also made the experience that with a replacement cable ICC stability has significantly improved

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