I live in a Caribbean Island and use off-grid solar with grid as backup
when available. We just went through Irma and lost power for three months.
I've lived these solutions.
I wouldn't use anything other than an Outback Radian for this with a DC
charge controller, but finding a good Lithium solution will take a little
work. We have 1100 Ah of Lead acid, but only use 20% of that. So 300Ah of
useable storage would have been adequate for Lithium and that's what we
will use later.
Relion looks promising.
Right now there is no good integrated Lithium solution.
On Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 4:26 PM, Matt Partymiller <
> I think your biggest issue may be SolarEdge. They told us the StorEdge
> unit would not start up without grid power. We had an employee install
> one anyway on his tiny home. He hooked it up to the grid initially to get
> it started (in back of shop where house was built). He is not sure how
> sincere Solaredge's requirement is as he has turned off for periods since
> then and it still starts up. We wish we had tried without the grid
> initially. Let us know if that works should you go that route.
> Overall he enjoys the unit though he mentions his battery has shutdown a
> couple times when it has gotten below 15F (battery is on exterior as it is
> tiny home). Probably not applicable for your installs.
> On Mon, February 19, 2018 2:14 pm, Ray wrote:
> > Greetings Wrenches;
> > We are designing several systems for Puerto Rico, and while these will
> > eventually could be grid tied once the grid returns, they will need to
> > operate reliably in off grid mode possibly for a year or more. What is
> > everyone's experiences with the Storedge and LG setup? I've worked with
> > the regular Solaredge GT system and was quite impressed, but I've heard
> > the Storedge is not a good off grid option. What are the issues, and has
> > anyone used the Storedge in longer term outages?
> > Right now we are designing some smaller systems that will use Magnum
> > inverters with 24v and 48 v Li+ batteries from other manufacturers, like
> > Simpliphi and LiFe Blue. ( No GT, Backup only) These are lower cost and
> > allow us to use more traditional off grid designs, but also have limited
> > charge and discharge current. In order to make Li+ cost effective, we
> > have had to reduce the storage size in half compared to lead acid. We
> > feel this is justifiable considering Li+'s ability to be discharged to
> > 100%, its voltage stability, and its higher efficiency.
> > All feed back is welcome, as we venture into less well charted
> > territory. We just don't want to set up systems that are going to not be
> > functional in 5 to 8 years because of inferior AGM lead acid batteries.
> > We use HUP batteries for most larger off grid systems, but
> > these are not feasible because of their size and maintenance
> > Thanks,
> > Ray Walters
> > Remote Solar
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