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  1. I have the 5kw Sungrow inverter and have no problems at all so far I have also learned recently that if you add a seperate ( I think it’s called ) a Sungrow S100 Energy meter. With this extra meter you can also see via the app the export to the grid amount and many other features over the standard dongle Without the meter you only see your input from the panels to the inverter
  2. A couple of news stories that indicate that solid state batteries are close to being a reality in EVs The expectations are shorter recharge times and longer distance travel time Samsung https://www.whichcar.com.au/car-news/samsung-solid-state-battery-breakthrough Toyota https://thedriven.io/2020/12/14/toyota-plans-revolutionary-solid-state-battery-for-2021/ Other news https://www.wired.co.uk/article/what-is-solid-state-battery-toyota-dyson https://insideevs.com/news/465188/nio-150-kwh-solid-state-batteries-2022/
  3. Thanks Jason Its a wonder why they haven’t contacted me about about a smart meter upgrade after installing the new solar system Looks like I have to take the initiative and contact them Paul
  4. I thought that more information is needed When the first solar system was installed about 15 years ago the analogue spinning wheel meter was replaced with a digital display meter But the digital display meter still needs to be read manually I have found and just read some information about the smart meters Here - https://www.aer.gov.au/consumers/my-energy-service/smart-meters I’m not sure if my current digital meter allows me to allocate use of solar power for household use - I have the inverter set to owner use and export the rest - but not sure if
  5. Going by those numbers it means that your decision to install a solar system was justified As was my decision to upgrade my system from an outdated installation to a new more efficient system
  6. I was wondering if I should have a Power company ( in my case Origin ) smart meter installed We have a small problem - I have a dog and the meter readers will only come into our gated yard if the dog is locked away to read the meter If I was to have one installed they can read my power usage from outside at any time Advice needed * I’m not sure if the power company charges for this meter to be installed * Can I use it to check my own power consumption * Is it a better system than the current manual reading way * And is it secure - just saying “ can it
  7. I have been researching this subject and have found this video that expertly explains all facets of super capacitors and modern applications The new technology is evolving Here is the video
  8. We had a few rain / cloudy periods in Brisbane during the first billing period Even then the system was generating close to 20 kWh or above if a little sun came for short periods
  9. Well the first 3 months went quick Regular monitoring gave me a good indication of how much power I’m generating Just a refresh I have a 6.6 kWh system x 5 Kw inverter x 20 Panels Highest daily generation was 39.8 kWh ( and it’s not summer yet ) with an average of approx 28 kWh I just received my first bill and I’m happy to report that it’s in credit Drum roll Credit $424.39 At this rate I will pay off the system in no time System cost was $3500
  10. More info Why buy a PowerCap®? If you’re looking to invest in a PowerCap® system you can expect: reduced or often $0 energy bills, blackout protection, Microgrid capability and grid independence.
  11. I came across this site recently and they claim it’s better than lithium It’s developed in Australia More info here https://renewable.net.au/forum/12-energy-storage-discussion/?do=add Residential Energy Generation Specializing in sustainable energy generation systems since 2012, our engineers are well equipped to supply even the most unusual homes with a custom renewable energy solution. When you make an inquiry with our service team, a professionally registered and/or chartered engineer is assigned to your project to ensure that
  12. A work mate asked me to have a look at this batter development from the UK https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/a30613776/nuclear-waste-diamond-battery/ https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-are-turning-nuclear-waste-into-super-efficient-diamond-batteries Im sure you can find more links about the subject with more in-depth info What say you ?
  13. Then the same rules apply minus the max inverter size So you need to work backwards Roof space and how many panels it can accommodate Or Free standing if you don’t want to use the roof ( rural area ) Inverter 20% less than what the panels can produce ( that’s for a little headroom and better efficiency) A battery storage system for night use I would also factor in - a solar hot water system to minimise heavy power draw
  14. If your roof space is adequate My easy rule of thumb is Get an inverter equal to the maximum allowable in your state And install solar panels about 20 % greater in kw over the inverter size The current best size panels are 330w each If you have slight shading issues an inverter is more cost effective If you have shade issues then it’s best to look at a mini inverter system Then if feasible - consider battery storage
  15. I would say yes to your comment and add distance traveled We have a big wide land and not uncommon to travel long distances for basic commuting Electric motors in general have an extremely high efficiency rate and depending on load it’s efficiency ranges from 78% to 92% And I think you will agree it’s very very good For the near future - Once the stored battery energy reaches 75% + in terms of distance traveled over fossil fuel, then we will see a decline in internal combustion engines ( for general commuting) Engineers also need to work out how to overcome
  16. Yes I read that they ( Mitsubishi) have Dropped UK and Europe
  17. Another option is blade less turbine But don’t think it’s available in Australia https://vortexbladeless.com
  18. Never had real time monitoring in my old system But the new system has it and I’m checking it 10 + times a day Am I addicted or is this just a phase 🤪 I have a question - Is there a universal monitoring app Or does one need to use the prescribed app that comes with the inverter
  19. All retailers charge daily supply charge and a Solar meter charge - then charge for the electricity ones household uses My thinking is - If my system can run the house during the day and export the excess The FIT dollar return can pay the recurring charges and a little of the night use electricity - then my bill will get very low or zero I am leaning towards a discounted electricity with a slightly less FIT Im now in the process of filtering out power retailers - that also have an LPG gas component for our cooking needs Although I would love to have battery storage
  20. I’m in a bit if a quandary at the moment My old system was 1.2 KW and my FIT was 44 cents As I upgraded my system that FIT @44 cents ends The new system is a 20 x 330w panels = 6.6 Kw - connected to a 5 Kw inverter New Solar system was installed just over a week ago and the FIT offered by my current retailers is ( Origin ) 0.09 cents FIT at standard NO discount for grid power 0.06 cents FIT if I choose plans with discount Just a guide of my energy use Summer is 12 to 14 kw per day — Winter is 7 to 9 kw per day ( I know it’s not a lot but tha
  21. WOW - That is impressive 😱 Im going to give you a “Respect “ for that system
  22. A news story in the commercial field based on water battery storage The estimated savings are staggering over the life of the project The university is about 1 hours drive north from me https://www.usc.edu.au/about/usc-news/news-archive/2018/may/giant-water-battery-and-solar-planned-for-usc
  23. For the cause no harm inclusion For some reason I have favoured - Salt water batteries
  24. In not sure about other states But here in QLD we are export limited to 5 Kw inverter I elected for a 6.6kw PV system with a 5 Kw sungrow inverter capacity My plan is to add battery storage when it becomes feasible
  25. Maintaining stability in the grid should be looked at as a free pass for the power generators With the right smart inverter connected to a solar / storage battery system this is achievable when critical mass is reached
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