More Solar
Equipment | Mounting

More Solar

After a couple of months its become obvious I need more production. This summer has been wetter than usual, and production is probably down on average however I have not been close to filling my battery. It’s obvious to me I need more solar. I had always planned on adding some second-hand panels to my…

Production Meter Install – EM24
Equipment

Production Meter Install – EM24

Up until today, I have only had an Energy Meter installed at the Grid. My Solar production data has not been available as its AC coupled and connected to the input side of the Victron. To get production data into Victron I required an energy meter specifically to measure production. Without production data, Victron cannot…

Lets Fire It Up
Equipment | Specs and Tech info

Lets Fire It Up

Today I temporarily connected the MultiPlus II to the Sub Board in my shed (Phase L1) with 6mm electrical cable and turned it on. The inverter came to life and started supplementing my usage perfectly as it should. Below is a screen shot of what my Enphase graph looks like with the battery.. The consumption…

More Bigger!
Equipment | The hunt for modules

More Bigger!

Not sure why, but I had the urge to make the system bigger even before it was live. On a bit of a spur of the moment purchase, I grabbed a complete Nissan Leaf pack from www.lithium-power.com.au for $3250 delivered from Perth. My first surprise was the seal. In many videos I had watched on…

Nickel Plating the Busbars
Equipment | Specs and Tech info

Nickel Plating the Busbars

As I have some time to wait for my electrician, I thought I would have a go at nickel plating my busbars. In an earlier blog post I created my Nickel plating solution and have been storing it for when it was required. I found a test busbar and attempted nickel plating it. I cleaned…

The Busbars 2.0
Equipment | Mounting

The Busbars 2.0

Now that I have a completely new way of mounting the modules – and more of them, I needed to remake all the busbars. I found a local company willing to make them for me with their CNC Mill. This will ensure the holes are precise. I also didn’t feel like drilling hundreds of holes….

Misc Bits and Pieces
Equipment | Specs and Tech info

Misc Bits and Pieces

Now all the busbars are installed I can finally fire up the Batrium. Using the Testmon I tested my wiring loom. All good. I also created a small precharge resistor pack so I can precharge the caps in the Victron Multiplus II inverter. I now have a bit of a wait before anything new can…