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  1. Hmm, I'm dubious. From my research (albeit not recent) capacitors are megawatts for milliseconds, batteries are kW for hours. Seems like snake oil to me. Very light on detail on the site. I remember watching a tear down on youtube of another supposed super capacitor battery, turns out it was just filled with cheap lithium ion batteries. Now, I would love to be proven wrong, but yeah, I don't really buy it.
  2. Yes, legal. Don't know much beyond that. I know you can claim STC's for Solar, Wind and Hydro. I looked at this a while ago, and the height you have to put these things to get non-turbulent air is quite surprising. Consequently, they are not really suitable for the old quarter acre block. I think councils generally frown upon them too.
  3. I found that initially I checked obsessively, many times a day. That slowly faded with time. Now (18 monhs later) I just tend to do a check once or twice a week to make sure everything is running as expected and there have been no massive unexpected spikes. It still gives me lots of satisfaction scrolling through the stats though. For a bit of fun and even more different stats on the status of your system, link it up to PVoutput.org. There is even a worldwide output ladder so you can see how your system is performing. Its free for production monitoring, with a cost to include consumption
  4. Hi Full Range, You will be wanting a PHEV (Plug in hybrid electric vehicle) if you want a hybrid that, as the name suggests, plugs in. There aren't a whole lot to choose from at the moment, but more are on the way. This gives you a much cheaper buy in point at this time to get a taste of electric mobility. Off the top of my head, Mitsubishi, Volvo and Hyundai all have PHEV offerings. Think there are some older BMW's, Mercs and Audis that offer the tech too. You will save a heap over an all battery EV, but that will come at the cost of all electric range.
  5. Doh!! https://www.whichcar.com.au/car-news/tesla-cybertruck-not-for-australia
  6. Hi Interface, I have only ever heard good things about Fronius. I believe they have one of the best warranty's available at 10 years. Just need to be sure that you do the online registration, something I think is often missed. https://www.fronius.com/en-au/australia/photovoltaics/infocentre/news/5-plus-5-year-warranty-promotion
  7. Hi Marc, Being a micro inverter system, I need one inverter per panel, so I have 115 inverters in total. Every inverter is rated at 260 Watts continuous, so 115 x 260 = 29,900 W of inverters. In reality the inverters can spike to 270 Watts for a combined temporary output of 31,050 W. There is a pretty specific set of conditions required to exceed 30kw however and I have only ever seen it a couple of times for brief periods. Output of the system to grid is limited to 30kW, so thats the max that will ever pump back to the grid, but I can exceed that briefly if consuming the delta in the ho
  8. Ahh yes, Harvi. Thats what I meant when i refer to the wifi CT's above. Will be interested to hear how yours goes over a long range. My Harvi is a located about 10m from the Zappi and has intermittent drop outs.
  9. Hi Professor, I believe its actually their Gen 3 model. Remember reading somewhere that their recent capital raise fell short putting the future of the gen 3 in question. Supposedly a 30% price reduction if they can get it to manufacturing. That's all form memory, so some details may not be quite right.
  10. I installed an Enphase/Jinko system in late 2018. I have been very happy with it ever since. I wanted to future proof it as much as possible and be ready for 2 x electric cars so I went the biggest I could fit on the roof - 35.65kW of panels and 30kW of inverters. Actually had to extend the car garage to fit all 115 panels on! Anyway, it was a fun project and is on track to pay for itself in the next couple of years (assuming FiT does not crash horribly). In summer it prints me quite large monthly cheques, and in winter it mints smaller cheques but still ensures zero bills. Best day to d
  11. Hi, Dan here from Adelaide. I'm a fellow SNA'er with a similar passion for Audio and Renewables. Looking forward to watching this online community grow.
  12. I have had my Zappi V1 for almost a year now and it is a great product. Does what it says on the box. Mine is exclusively set to charge on solar and off peak tariff. A couple of things to be aware of though, you will need the separate myenergi hub to update the firmware. Mine came with a glitchy early version of the firmware and I do not own the hub. Myenergi were very good however and sent me a loaner hub to perform an update. I just had to return post it at my expense. It still does occasionally hang up and require a reset, but not too often. This would likely be fixed with an update to
  13. An excellent resource here (I'm not affiliated): https://www.solarquotes.com.au/battery-storage/comparison-table/
  14. Anecdotally around $17k installed with inverter etc. Will be interested to hear actual price if someone has one at their place. Issues are poor round trip efficiency, need an additional inverter in conjunction with the battery, they need down time to do some sort of maintenance cycle (not a problem if you have two connected as they self manage so both aren't off line). On the plus side, they should last twice as long as a lithium battery, can withstand hot environments (i.e. Australia), they don't use rare earth metals and can do 100% DoD without damage. If I could afford one and had a 20 year
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