Installation: Workshop

  • 230v Mains: External

    Have laid 13A cable to an external rubber housed 13A socket. This has a 13A plug in the toolroom which plugs into a 3 gang socket block which inturn plugs into the inverter. Rubber housed external socket External wiring from socket, with kinks to allow…More »
  • 230v Mains: Internal

    The overlap with the 230v Mains: external is that they both take power from the inverter via a fuse box. There the fuse box feeds two internal circuits. The extension connection goes to the previously used three gang flying extension, now pretty much…More »
  • Battery Choice

    Yeap! have bought Rolls again, this time direct from Barden UK. They also supplied the Victron controller. I have bought 2 off Rolls S6 145 (250Ah @ 20Hr) and 1 off Rolls S12 27 (105Ah @ 20Hr) A major factor in choice is weight. I only want around 30Kg…More »
  • Battery Installation

    The batteries arrived today with the MPPT and have been installed. It was late in the day before I had finshed and initially the controller went to bulk then abs. The first thing I did was to make a stainless steel backplate to fasten the controller to…More »
  • Cables from Array

    7th April. Just attached the cables to the roof of the workshop by first fixing an upright to one of the purlins and then a batten from that to one of the rails. The attachement to the rails is just ~ wedged under. The wood is Siberian Larch left over…More »
  • Earth Grounding

    Have extended the cooper strip to a piece of copper pipe some 4 to 5 feet of which is burried in a shallow channel that is used for rain overflow, to help conduction. The copper strip can be seen @ https://unveiled.info/solect/cables-from-panels; the PV…More »
  • Internal Earthing

    Run a 6mm copper bar via a terminal block from the inner wall to the outer. Have yet to connect the rod to the external earth. 6mm rod held of from wall by paduk block. July 4th Have used old stiff 7 strand 3mm earth wire and connected MPPT, Battery and…More »
  • MPPT Set-Up

    May 9th Initially the controller default programme is the lowest, so I have now set it to option 4. The nominal voltage then is 14.9v and tested at 15.1 probably due to temp compensation, which has to be set. Once I have a second Victron Direct USB…More »
  • Power Generation

    Batteries are 250Ah @20 hour rate. At 12v that's some 2.6Kw :: At 14.5v that's 3.68Kw of power to charge. If battery doesn't go below 80% then 800w should be fine or approx 1 good hour of sunshine. OR 6 hours of peddaling???More »
  • S6 145 Specific Gravity

    I have labeled the two S6 145s A and B and the cells in each are respectively (neg to pos), (pos to neg) ~ 1,2,3 Specific Gravity Readings May 12th just before sunset. A1 = 1.280 :: A2 = 1.275 :: A3 = 1.250 | B1 =1.280 :: B2 = 1.275 :: B3 = 1.260 This…More »