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y Philippines Retirement Solar Off Grid System
« on: May 22, 2016, 08:09:43 PM »
So,,,,

I have received lots of great feedback from other like Oz, RF, Ross, Lachlan, Dan and others. Oz suggested I put my project here to keep better track and solicit feedback and please, kind criticisms so that I might improve the system overall.

Sketches to follow and pics.

 this will be a completely
I am working with the PowerJack 8000w LF pure sine wave inverter that's been blessed by Oz and I will be making adjustments recommended by same. Only difference being that mine has a built in MPPT solar panel charge controller and the toroid coil takes up all of the space to the left of the main and control boards, whereas Oz's had 2 toroid coils.

system will have as follows:

1). 20-300w poly panels 10 each on the eastern side of the 2nd floor roof and 10 each on the western side of same roof at the recommended 10 to 15 degree incline (southerly?)

2). 24v PJ 8000w inverter

3.) 1 2400w pma wind turbine connected thru an MPPT charge controller which includes an ATS function to switch to another       load, in my case to a dump load especially when winds exceed the need. DUMP LOAD, what is it? Ideas on best build for a dump load. resistor bridge? DC water heater? Space heater converted to 24v? Would greatly appreciate a sketch of a resistor dump load.

4). 2-2400w 120a MPPT solar charge controllers attached to the separate banks of 10 each panels.

5). 16-3.2v 200ah LiFePO4 batteries separated in 2 banks 8 each in series for 25.6v 200ah ea, then both banks paralleled for 400ah total (math?)

6). PowerJacks 3000w autostart 24w lpg genset in case of maintenance, special circumstances or other failures occurring.

7). Automatic electric transfer box in case of inverter failure to switch to Meralco.

8). Lastly (maybe, there is a lot more learning curve involved with coding Arduino and Raspberry Pi) microcontrollers to monitor and report system aspect such as inverter temps battery temps and voltage system wide along with those items the lcd monitors on the PJ are monitoring.
These Stats will be relayed via dyndns.org to an app on my iphone or iPad as well as sms text alerts to my phone via a gsm module.
I also desire the microcontrollers to not just read stats but take action such as taking control of the cooling fan in the PJ (zap spiders Oz :0), maybe shut down a bank of batteries, switch to to the grid if absolutely necessary (i'm going for off-grid because electric credits do me no good if it's only $1.25 to have the service on standby, reset the inverter automatically for re-try after overload or undervolt etc.

all for now.

SN


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Re: y Philippines Retirement Solar Off Grid System
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2016, 02:02:01 AM »
Hi Solar newbee, somewhere I saw that you were looking for a mud map of a delta connected load dump.
So here is one. If you put two of your 1 ohm resistors in parallel in each branch you will have a 0.5 ohms per phase.
If you go for three in each branch you will have 0.33 ohms per phase.
I guess you could start with one or two resistors in each branch and see how much braking it gives you. It is pretty easy to add more resistors in parallel if you need more braking.
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Re: y Philippines Retirement Solar Off Grid System
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2017, 03:02:07 PM »
Hey Pete

My second Dump load, first one looks similar. 1 ohm resistors in delta. I built 2 in case I need to halve the resistance. tell me what you think.
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Re: y Philippines Retirement Solar Off Grid System
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2017, 03:34:44 PM »
Installed recently on vacation. Not running due to contractor failing me on panels install. I would do it but at 295 I'm too heavy to walk on a tile roof without breaking the tiles.
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Re: y Philippines Retirement Solar Off Grid System
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2017, 02:34:49 PM »
Hi Solar, looks fine, did you put heat transfer compound under the resistors?
I am thinking that you could have an arduino monitoring the output voltage of the wind turbine, if the wind is too strong and the voltage goes over a set point, then the second dump load could be switched in automatically.
The project looks great, certainly a large installation, you should not run out of power.

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Re: y Philippines Retirement Solar Off Grid System
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2017, 03:52:08 PM »
Hi Pete,

Sorry for the late reply I have been super busy since I returned from the Philippines. The Windmill project will be completed when move there in about 2 years. I did put compound under the resistors, plenty. I Have the other dump load here in the US. There are 3 charge controllers that are for front and rear panels on the roof and for the windmill. The windmill charge controller has dual charging capabilities so when the batteries are full it will activate the contactors connecting the windmill dumploads. You have a good point there about switching on the second dump load at certain voltage levels. I have purchased an analog voltage sensor that reads up to 240 volts to give an analog output 0-5v. Still learning some coding, IDE and Python and using http://cayenne.mydevices.com as a way to use their icloud servers to monitor remotely from anywhere. The easiest to set up is the Rpi with no coding involved but I haven't had much luck with voltage monitoring which involves analog to digital devices. The MCP3008 have proved to be finicky so I have a serial ADS1115 converter on the way. Cayenne improves on their system in leaps and bounds. I have a dashboard set with widgets that monitors temps in the inverter and operate the cooling fan as I have noticed that the powerjack cooling setup seems iffy. I have coded an arduino that successfully monitors temps and voltages as a backup to the Rpi3. My goal is to use a the mega based PLCduino, the black box at top, as the backup but it doesn't seem to want to play nicely with the same code.

I recently delved into python script with the help of Cayenne tribe members and forums at Stackoverflow.com to remotely reset the Rpi from the arduino and vice versa from my Cayenne dashboard. Cayenne is free for personal use by the way and the Cayenne community is very helpful when anyone hits a wall. They are amazingly helpful to newbees like myself. There was one guy that got snarky and sarcastic but the booted him.

Thanks again,
Solarnewbee
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Re: y Philippines Retirement Solar Off Grid System
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2017, 07:20:37 PM »
Anyone interested in viewing my fledgling arduino/Rpi3 project dashboard the following links will allow it

https://cayenne.mydevices.com/shared/59598d2add9f5e4dd3b960de

https://cayenne.mydevices.com/shared/59598dc2dd9f5e4dd3b960df

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Re: y Philippines Retirement Solar Off Grid System
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2017, 07:28:28 PM »
Here's a sketch for the Mega PLCduino to control fans etc and monitor voltages. That's the black box in the pic above with the wifi antenna sticking out.

https://gist.github.com/wmontg5988/e0b098aef288b5a07f1ab756e6e30a61

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Re: y Philippines Retirement Solar Off Grid System
« Reply #8 on: Yesterday at 07:13:26 PM »
A more refined project. Some stuff will be removed later.

https://cayenne.mydevices.com/shared/599781d11e7f7d35d524a1e8

Anyone know if the PJ can absorb a sudden switch from grid to off grid thru a dpdt contactor. Should I delay the actuation of the contactor to allow all appliance to power off delay, ie mini inverter hvac, fridge etc.
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Re: y Philippines Retirement Solar Off Grid System
« Reply #9 on: Yesterday at 07:51:29 PM »
I have found it reacts favorably in this circumstance.

Choose the relay wisely.


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« Reply #10 on: Yesterday at 10:37:59 PM »
If you have more than one refrigeration pump (AC, fridg, etc) the switch wont always go well, Its hard on your inverter/fuses appliances etc. Your setup may be ok with it. Mine wasnt, about half the time compressors had to restart on own. It worked that way for more than a year till I listened to the boss. (she didnt like turning tv back on :()  I put a relay coil between the L1 terminal of the inverter and the utility L1. The relay is energized whenever the two power sources are not in sync.

I use the relay output to prevent switching until the waves are synchronized. Now when it switches you can hardly notice a flicker and fridge never stops. Keep in mind L1 to L1 voltage of two out of phase sources is double voltage. I later found this is similar to what many multi kw backup gens use
for manual testing instead they tie a light bulb between utility and gen. Once genset is running, they wait for light to go out an then flip the transfer handle.

Oh yeah, Oztules is right, I used a dpdt relay with too low clearance between poles, was switching a sump pump between util and inverter as batteries got too full and ::)   ..... i had to fix the inverter. Relays with larger clearance between contacts and arc suppression is quite necessary.
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