Power flow?

Discussion about adding energy storage to grid-dependent inverters using OutBack Power technology
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Power flow?

Post by mhspohr » Wed Jan 22, 2020 5:59 am

I'm not clear on power flow through/around Skybox given different power sources.
If you have AC solar connected to the Skybox load output, it would seem to me that this could push any arbitrary amount of power to the loads since this bypasses the Skybox. I assume that this will all go to satisfy loads first and then if there is excess power, it would be fed back to charge the batteries. If there is still too much power for the batteries, I assume that the Skybox would then manipulate the frequency to shut off the AC solar.
Is this correct?

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Re: Power flow?

Post by Mike Curran » Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:16 am

I can't verify from personal experience, and I'm grid-tied so excess gets sold back, but your understanding sounds right to me. If I have a grid outage it will work exactly as you describe, theoretically anyway :smile: - Mike

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