Backup down under

Does your inverter have Volt-Var?
I think that is supposed to let it backfeed power with less voltage rise. The current is driven a bit out of phase, I think.
Does your inverter have Volt-Var?
Yes - it's a requirement of GT inverters here to use volt-var mode if/when grid voltages are too high (or low). Mine activates regularly and I even track the reactive power by phase. Today's chart (so far) for instance:

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It's also a requirement to have volt-watt mode activated.

We have grid standards for how/when these modes are to operate and to what extent. The standards were harmonised across our main national grid and updated in December 2021, so any GT inverter installed since will automatically have these settings enacted.

Mine was installed some years earlier (2018). The last time I had some high voltage issues (in 2022) I worked with my installer who gave me the instructions to apply the latest volt-var settings (I already had volt-watt mode set). The volt-var feature made a big difference at the time to our peak daytime voltages.

I also did some load rebalancing to add load to one particularly problematic phase. My neighbour has a field array and a single phase supply and that's the phase I typically experience the highest voltages on.

Grid voltage pressure is pretty common here with the high penetration of rooftop PV and the power distribution companies all have different approaches to dealing with it. My previous experiences in dealing with them on it was not great but this time they were more responsive. The fact it was our overnight voltages which were unacceptably high probably had something to do with it.
You could install a buck-boost transformer, so your inverter is blissfully unaware the real grid is 5% or 10% higher than what it sees. ?
I large amount of SW facing rooftop. Eventually I will have space for another row of panels (10-12) facing NE, but that has to wait for a renovation which will remove one of our chimneys.

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All the grid tied PV (40 panels) is on the roof facets on the other side.

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Field array(s) would be nice but that's not going to be in budget or attain approval by the minister for the interior.
Surely a call for the Minister of the Exterior?
You could install a buck-boost transformer, so your inverter is blissfully unaware the real grid is 5% or 10% higher than what it sees. ?
I'm already paying them a pretty penny for a power supply which meets standards, so I do expect them to deliver.

Surely a call for the Minister of the Exterior?
Good point. Although like our former Prime Minster, one person possibly holds several secret ministries.
If you tried to make noise about voltage in the day time you would have to get pretty lucky to have someone listen to rather than just sweep under the PV rug.

Definitely helps that someone else was on the ball with you.
You're right, no obstruction yet. How long did it take to get this bit of dust?

Yet, when you removed filter, you observed it ran cooler. Maybe something else happened to change at the same time. A/B A/B test, repeat filter/no filter a couple times, see if operating temperature is correlated.

Check temperature of inlet air. If it is too hot due to discharge of other equipment, could add a baffle to duct them.
Pretty sure one of the big things is if it's decided temperature is acceptable and kills the fan it rises quickly and vice versa of it decided it's hot and cranks fan up temperature drops up untill it decides it's good to slow down or turn off again.

Will definitely require monitoring.

Looks like I need to chase up some high cells tomorrow, BMS has stopped charging for today.

If you tried to make noise about voltage in the day time you would have to get pretty lucky to have someone listen to rather than just sweep under the PV rug.
I think the fact I was able to provide the data (and they were surprisingly interested to get the daytime data as well), I wasn't alone and I was also able to demonstrate full compliance of our grid tied inverter's set up with their requirements certainly helps*. Kudos to them for the fairly quick initial response, and given it sounded like HV equipment failure the turnaround wasn't too bad.

* I know some who fiddle with their settings, e.g. remove or increase their export power limits (ours is 3 kW/phase) or run with volt-watt settings higher than regulation.
Something new today, the old ASIC miners
Please don't take this the wrong way, but this thread is about my DIY backup system in Australia, which has morphed over time as I added features/functionality.

Some thread drift is natural, and discussion of what others have done in this space I totally get, but I think perhaps discussion of your crypto mining issues is best directed to a more relevant thread, or start your own "Crypto Mining Down Under" :)

Mostly because it will just get lost here, while a thread about crypto mining will capture the attention of those interested in that stuff and what similar issues they faced and solutions they came up with. Thanks.
In October I had installed a small sub-panel and an EV wall charge station in our small garage:


It's a ZJBeny. Also had a data cable installed so it can be reliably controlled via the network.

I have the EVSE connected with the ChargeHQ system. It monitors our grid-tied solar PV system via the Fronius Solar.web service and adjusts the EV charge current so as to remain within the available excess solar PV.

Here's an example showing our consumption and production yesterday:

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The water heater and the EV charging are now highly variable loads able to adjust consumption to remain within available excess solar PV.

This is what it looked like on a more challenging day when the clouds starting passing over in the afternoon:

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It all does a pretty good job of adjusting to variable power supply.

The large blob of grid imports (red) is mostly our ducted aircon which I don't run from the off-grid system.

My next little project will be setting up the spare AIO inverter I repaired and use that as a charger for the off-grid battery, to be powered by the V2L output of the EV. It's not for regular use but as an additional backup reserve. I just want to have it so I can easily connect it.
I did an annotated picture of the area around my main circuit board, thought I'd post it for future reference:


And as a reminder:

The grid-tied PV (11 kW):
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The off-grid PV (2.22 kW):

and the batteries (15 kWh LiFePO4 + 20 kWh of SLA):
Tested using the vehicle to load (V2L) system of our car to charge our home battery, made a video of it:

This is intended as supplemental charge source should we experience an extended grid power outage and the off-grid PV isn't able to keep up with the energy demand. Similar to using a generator to charge, except I'm plugging into the car.

I still have the 4 kW AIO unit I started with, it's doing nothing at the moment so why not?

Lots of people in the southern state of Victoria are currently experiencing extended grid power outages after wild storms caused wide spread damage to both HV transmission lines and the wider distribution network. It also took a major coal power station (Loy Yang A) off line as it lost grid connection.


It's always a cafe owner they interview to get a personal view of the effect of a power outage.