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by JRHill
Tue Sep 29, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: My OutBack Power System
Topic: It's all fun and games..
Replies: 14
Views: 185

Re: It's all fun and games..

The plant in Seneca, PA took advantage of low grid prices at night to pump it up. Several nukes in the area with "must run" charters made it possible. Most all the coal burning plants in the area have shut down, though, so i don't know if this plant is still viable or even if operating, altho' wiki...
by JRHill
Tue Sep 29, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: My OutBack Power System
Topic: It's all fun and games..
Replies: 14
Views: 185

Re: It's all fun and games..

Its 75 vertical feet to the top of my property. Maybe someday I'll put a 10,000 gallon water tank up there, pump my domestic water to the top of the hill, and put in a micro turbine to capture electricity as we draw it down. A neighbor down the road from us put a hydro unit on a 'Unique" well. Here...
by JRHill
Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: 40 and 50 gallon pilotless gas water heater
Replies: 12
Views: 1369

Re: 40 and 50 gallon pilotless gas water heater

raysun wrote:
Thu Sep 24, 2020 12:07 pm
Mike Curran wrote:
Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:34 am
FWIW we use a 32 gallon oil-fired hot water heater...
In the words of the immortal George Carlin:
https://youtu.be/g6xfQ7ho8BM

😂

Sorry Mike, couldn't resist.

Aloha!
Yup, that is classic. Gosh I wish he hadn't had a truncated life.
by JRHill
Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: 40 and 50 gallon pilotless gas water heater
Replies: 12
Views: 1369

Re: 40 and 50 gallon pilotless gas water heater

This is an old thread but it could be interesting to take a poll. Assuming off grid, how do you heat water? At a previous place I built it with a Central Boiler (wood) system. We were grid connected then but the system heated the water and the house. The circulation pumps used very little power. It ...
by JRHill
Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Mate3 / Mate3s
Topic: Detail resolution of data
Replies: 10
Views: 226

Re: Detail resolution of data

And to cause the EU7000 to surge really concerns me, esp at only 600 watts extra. It has never flinched at varying or surge loads much greater than this phantom. The surging of the generator seems to be solved. Per the manual the spark arrestor has two screens that need to be inspected and cleaned....
by JRHill
Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Website & Forum
Topic: Post any forum strangeness here
Replies: 136
Views: 215889

Re: Post any forum strangeness here

Well, OpticsRE is a freebie for now. Granted it took a long time to get some Mate3 reboot/connections resolved but overall I count my blessings for a really well performing system.
by JRHill
Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Mate3 / Mate3s
Topic: Detail resolution of data
Replies: 10
Views: 226

Re: Detail resolution of data

Jim, I realise that wattplot is probably abandonware at the moment, but I think it may help you out especially if you have an fndc connected. Under Penplots if you go to the FNDC option you should be able to get a second by second (or minute by minute) snapshot of your system with resolution of .1 ...
by JRHill
Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Mate3 / Mate3s
Topic: Detail resolution of data
Replies: 10
Views: 226

Re: Detail resolution of data

Have you looked at the 15 minute Optics report? Thx Mr. Sodamo. Good one. I pulled the report during an overnight instance of the surging and failure of an AGS run on 9.17.2020. Event Description Timestamp Automatic Generator Start (AGS) Run has Failed. Nothing in the 15min report registered during...
by JRHill
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Mate3 / Mate3s
Topic: Detail resolution of data
Replies: 10
Views: 226

Re: Detail resolution of data

I've logged into the Mate many times with the IP. Your suggestion was superb. Now it errors out. Haaa. Like many other projects ya get into the weeds and then ask 'What was I gonna do?' I'll figure it out. Thanks for that suggestion Raysun!
by JRHill
Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Mate3 / Mate3s
Topic: Detail resolution of data
Replies: 10
Views: 226

Re: Detail resolution of data

Hi Folks, I've got a phantom load of around 600 watts that is intermittent and for a short 1-5 minutes as best I can tell. I'm having trouble tracking the source of the load. I've disconnected things here and there but it's been illusive so far. What worries me is it could be one of the deep freeze...
by JRHill
Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Mate3 / Mate3s
Topic: Detail resolution of data
Replies: 10
Views: 226

Detail resolution of data

Hi Folks, I've got a phantom load of around 600 watts that is intermittent and for a short 1-5 minutes as best I can tell. I'm having trouble tracking the source of the load. I've disconnected things here and there but it's been illusive so far. What worries me is it could be one of the deep freezer...
by JRHill
Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: OpticsRE
Topic: Device Map > Mate3 > AGS > DC
Replies: 6
Views: 170

Re: Device Map > Mate3 > AGS > DC

Yup. I believe y'all are correct about this setting being for a DC Generator. In the menu above DC, under generator type, the options are AC/DC/None. So if DC is specified this seems the only place to enter any parameters. Thanks for the clarifications, folks. Also, the forecast changed - go figure....
by JRHill
Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: OpticsRE
Topic: Device Map > Mate3 > AGS > DC
Replies: 6
Views: 170

Re: Device Map > Mate3 > AGS > DC

I was checking and making a few adjustments. I had just checked the inverter and controller settings and then checking the Mate3. Then I saw the DC settings. Huh? They are for those rare setups that have a DC generator. You are very close to Oregon, you may wish to check what kind of trees are burn...
by JRHill
Sun Sep 13, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: OpticsRE
Topic: Device Map > Mate3 > AGS > DC
Replies: 6
Views: 170

Device Map > Mate3 > AGS > DC

I was checking and making a few adjustments. I had just checked the inverter and controller settings and then checking the Mate3. Then I saw the DC settings. Huh? Maybe I've breathed too much (tree) smoke. I looked through the manuals, really. I couldn't find anything for DC settings for the Mate3 b...
by JRHill
Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Backup Applications
Topic: EU 7000 Generator Fuel Aux
Replies: 5
Views: 636

Re: EU 7000 Generator Fuel Aux

Think of it as a $300 gas cap with bonus storage. When I posted this I was forecasting into the low sunlight season this winter. Little did I know it would arrive the next day as smoke. I got a max of .7kW of solar yesterday of 3kW of panels and its worse today. So the generator is firing off more ...
by JRHill
Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: Backup Applications
Topic: EU 7000 Generator Fuel Aux
Replies: 5
Views: 636

Re: EU 7000 Generator Fuel Aux

Hey Jim, Are you referring to a Honda part, or one of the after-market setups? Frankly, Rayson, I was liking one of the aftermarket kits that would allow me to use the many jugs I already have to tote fuel back from town. that seems the easiest for my purposes. Maybe I should ask this question inst...
by JRHill
Tue Sep 08, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Backup Applications
Topic: EU 7000 Generator Fuel Aux
Replies: 5
Views: 636

EU 7000 Generator Fuel Aux

Has anyone used the aux fuel tank for the EU7000? Is it reliable?
by JRHill
Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Use inverter aux settings to start gen automatically
Replies: 13
Views: 1209

Re: Use inverter aux settings to start gen automatically

When I set up my AGS I had some oddities in function. Kurt from OB advised me to disable everything except for voltage start and shut down. It is the simplest parameter and in my use, the most reasonable. ONLY that parameter for start and shut down was active. Yup, it mostly solved the problem but I...
by JRHill
Sun Aug 30, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Website & Forum
Topic: Post any forum strangeness here
Replies: 136
Views: 215889

Re: Post any forum strangeness here

I can see that all the SSL certificates for the website and for the forum have gone, and a few other issues since I was last here. Hosting issues? Are you guys still in business? I also have a really weird issue with opticsRE - all my inverter data seems to be gone... I'll post that in the relevant...
by JRHill
Fri Aug 28, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Moving the work to be done instead of the power
Replies: 3
Views: 408

Re: Moving the work to be done instead of the power

It seems to me a more immediate solution would be widespread adoption of electric vehicles, which would mostly be charged at night. My 2 cents. Yeah, that's a great point. Today's article of interest was about the grid of the future. Later in the article it addressed to use of electric vehicles as ...
by JRHill
Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Help
Replies: 15
Views: 727

Re: Help

Ray sun are you still with me? Yep. I think @SandyP has hit upon the answer. Optics takes periodic samples of the state of the system, and transient peaks are rarely displayed, unless there is a coincidence between the sampling time and the peak. Is there any battery monitor on the system? "i don't...
by JRHill
Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Moving the work to be done instead of the power
Replies: 3
Views: 408

Moving the work to be done instead of the power

I enjoy new ideas as the whole RE usage and generation matures. Here is an interesting idea that I read this AM:

https://techxplore.com/news/2020-08-bol ... wable.html

Yeah, there are probably some challenges in this but people are thinking outside the envelope.

Enjoy,
JRH
by JRHill
Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Website & Forum
Topic: Post any forum strangeness here
Replies: 136
Views: 215889

Re: Post any forum strangeness here

Whoa, Finally got logged in! I did some looking around and the easiest to try was incognito mode (I use Chrome but MS Edge reported the same error). But incognito Mode gave me the option to proceed to the site. Here's my credit card info: 4104170921009999 ccv 123. Anyway, just teasing. But it's bee...
by JRHill
Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: SimpliPhi warranty and installation requirements
Replies: 7
Views: 493

Re: SimpliPhi warranty and installation requirements

When I dove into the warranty earlier this year there was also a requirement that the system was 'professionally' designed. Also required were full schematics and detailed pictures. Licensure of the installer is easy enough if it was indeed done with that professional. The design? What do they want ...
by JRHill
Wed Aug 26, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Website & Forum
Topic: Post any forum strangeness here
Replies: 136
Views: 215889

Re: Post any forum strangeness here

Whoa, Finally got logged in! I did some looking around and the easiest to try was incognito mode (I use Chrome but MS Edge reported the same error). But incognito Mode gave me the option to proceed to the site. Here's my credit card info: 4104170921009999 ccv 123. Anyway, just teasing. But it's been...