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19.12.2017
 
Mickey Mouse at GWL/Power Training

      

 

Some customers are rather exotic. We had a customer who came to our training in the mask of the Mickey Mouse.  This is not a fun, this is a reality. 

The customer was wearing the Mickey Mouse dress the whole training and was happy to take many photos. 

Simply do not worry, be happy! Everything is possible at GWL/Power!

03.11.2017
 
Internal resistence


 

The value of the internal resistance

Question: In your promotional materials you mention several times that the internal resistance of the LTO cells is “very low”“lower than for the LFP cells”, is “only 1 mOhm and less”. However we have tested the internal resistance and the value is more than 20 mOhm. We think your information is not correct.

Answer:

First, note that the internal resistance of the cell is not a constant value. The internal resistance increases when the cell is fully charged and also increases when the cell is getting discharged. To measure the internal resistance for reference value, you should measure within DOD of 80% to 20%.  This means after you charge the cell to full, you let the cell discharge to 80% first and only after that you perform the tests.

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11.06.2017
 
The GridFree inverters for the energy solutions

 

The GridFree inverters for the energy solutions

The 1000W and 2000W GridFree Smart inverters for energy self-generation. 

26.04.2017
 
Monitoring of more GF-YC500T connected on more phases

Question:

Can I monitor multiple microinverters GF-YC500T connected to different phases by a single ECU monitoring gateway?

Answer:

Yes, enter the identification codes of all your microinverters placed on the label on the bottom of the microinverter after you will installed the ECU monitoring gateway. The gateway will communicates with all microinverters on all phases.

 

 

19.06.2015
 
Microinverter plug

Can I plug the Microinverter directly into the socket or will I need special connector for that?

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The plug to your domestic grid must be corresponding with standarts of your Country. You can buy these connectors in common electrical supplies. Proper connection of the plug and wires can make everyone.

 

To make the installation more comfortable we recommend you to check our offer of extension cables: http://www.ev-power.eu/_d3251.html

26.05.2015
 
What to do if solar panel produced 150W and i just consume 30w where 120W exceed go?

In this situation, the energy will go to the public grid which is not allowed in most of countries in EU.
So you have to avoid this situation.

1) Install current monitoring relay:
http://www.ev-power.eu/_d3376.html
http://www.ev-power.eu/_d4033.html

2) the power of solar system with gridfree have to be lower then your minimum consumption at your home.
Even for this case we recommend to instal Current monitoring relay.

Many information about Gridfree you can find also here:
http://gwl-power.tumblr.com/tagged/mcfaq
http://gwl-power.tumblr.com/tagged/GridFree
http://gwl-power.tumblr.com/tagged/MCInf

20.05.2013
 
GridFree - understanding the GridFree technology

GridFree - understanding the GridFree technology

A new animation to show the benefits of the GridFree technology.  Check the GridFree products at the EV-POWER.EU:

http://www.ev-power.eu/GridFree-Inverters/

15.04.2013
 
GridFree MicroInverter LED Status Error

GridFree MicroInverter LED Status Error

When problem is detected, the STATUS LED will display error in RED color

Internal Errors
1x Red - Primary Over Current, main circuit current is too big
2x Red - Internal Over Current
3x Red - Internal Over Voltage
4x Red - Internal Under Voltage
8x Red - Grid Synchronization is not OK
9x Red - Safety problem detected

Grid Errors or Grid is not stable
5x Red - The grid is not OK, may be voltage, frequency, or other thing of the grid are not OK. MicroInverter will try later to resume function.
6 x Red - Grid Over Frequency
7 x Red - Grid Under Frequency
10 x Red - Grid Over Voltage
11 x Red - Grid Under Voltage

Input Errors
13 x  Red - DC input voltage error. The DC input voltage is out of working range of the MicroInverter.

Temperature Errors
12 x Red - Heat Sink Over Heat – the inner temperature is too high
14 x  Red  - Internal temperature error

15.04.2013
 
GridFree eGate Gateway LED status

GridFree eGate Gateway LED status

Check the status of the LED for the GridFree MicroInverter gateway.

Additional information about the eGate functions are available at the user manual.

13.02.2013
 
Small Solar Installtions - From an Idea to a Reality

Small Solar Installtions - From an Idea to a Reality

Our customers come up with many ideas where to locate solar panels:

Hole in the building. This hole makes some sound when wind is blowing. (The architect was likely a deaf man.) The idea is to cover this hole - to block the wind and to get some solar yield.

The solar wall. Many building have walls that face the sun. It is easy to place the panels on such walls.

Solar panel shading. In summer the sun is shining inside the buildings. Try placing the panels on the top part of the windows to block the sunshine and get some free energy.

13.02.2013
 
Simple Balcony Installation

Simple Balcony Installation

Another idea for the installation of the solar panels at the balcony of a family house. This kind of installation is very simple when microinverters are used.

When will you install your own panels?

13.02.2013
 
A Solar Project with MicroInverters

A Solar Project with MicroInverters

A lot of energy from the sun can collected at locations such a balconies. See the photo of project using the MicroInverters to balance the consumption of a residential building. The PV panels are located at the railing of the balconies.

27.01.2013
 
MicroInverter GateWay eGate with on-line monitoring

MicroInverter GateWay eGate with on-line monitoring

The MicroInverter gateway allows to have 100% online monitoring of each microinverter and its performance. The data is recorded on-line using a web-based cloud server data storage. This means the data is available for checking from any place of the world just with the internet browser.

eGate specification is here:
http://www.ev-power.eu/GridFree-Inverters/GridFree-Micro-AC-Direct-Grid-Gateway-AC-230V-CE.html

27.01.2013
 
The Energy Yield from the GridFree Solar Instalation

The Energy Yield from the GridFree Solar Instalation

We have prepared a simple tool to give the estimated calculation of the possible energy production (yield) from a GridFree solar installation of one panel with a microinverter.

Check here: http://www.ev-power.eu/docs/other/GWL-GridFree-EU.xls

Download the XLS and enter your values to get the results of the energy production. The values are entered into the cells marked with blue color.

Across Europe, the solar energy production may vary as follows:

  • South Spain - 1850 kWh/m2 - 267 kWh/year
  • Most of Italy - 1600 kWh/m2 - 231 kWh/year
  • South Germany - 1200 kWh/m2 - 173 kWh/year
  • Amsterdam, Berlin, Warszawa  - 1100 kWh/m2 - 158 kWh/year
  • North of Europe - 900 kWh/m2 - 130 kWh/year

13.01.2013
 
The GF-MAC2000 Low Voltage Grid-Tied Inverter

The GF-MAC2000 Low Voltage Grid-Tied Inverter

Additional reasons why the GF-MAC2000 is better than other inverters:

  • Works as safe voltage from 70V to 120V
  • Multiple string inputs - easier installation + possibility to control the total inverter power
  • Resistant to partial shading of the solar panels

GridFree AC Direct Invertor DC-AC 230V, 2000W CE
http://www.ev-power.eu/_d3301.html

13.01.2013
 
The 2000W Low Voltage Grid-Tied Inverter

The 2000W Low Voltage Grid-Tied Inverter

The innovative product  GF-MAC2000 is a 2 kW DC/AC grid-tied solar inverter. It is a revolutionary product, because it is the first DC/AC inverter on the market to use the low voltage DC input. The GF-MAC2000 is a complete solution for photovoltaic installations with no fear of working with high level DC voltages.

The detailed specification of the GF-MAC2000 inverter
http://www.ev-power.eu/docs/pdf/GWL/GWL-GF2000-Spec.pdf

GridFree AC Direct Invertor DC-AC 230V, 2000W CE
http://www.ev-power.eu/_d3301.html

06.01.2013
 
Micro Energy Storage Setup

Micro Energy Storage Setup

NOTE: this is a grid-tied system setup with a energy backup to the batteries. This system is grid-tied only. The micro-inverter works only when the grid is present. If the grid is down, the system does not work. It is NOT an off-grid system.

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A practical realization of a small size energy storage solution with 3.2 kWh of energy capacity with 230V/230W AC grid-tied power output. The basic concept of the energy storage with easy expansion.

Components description of the complete setup

* Lithium Battery Pack 36V
Battery pack 36V 90Ah made of 3 finely balanced 12V/90AH LP batteries. The nominal capacity is 3.2 KWh of energy.  There can be more batteries easily added to increase the capacity of the storage.
http://www.ev-power.eu/_d1873.html  (USD430 per unit, total USD 1290 for 3 pcs)

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01.01.2013
 
Welcome in 2013! The year of the solar and energy-storage revolution.

Welcome in 2013! The year of the solar and energy-storage revolution.

In 2013 we continue to help the worldwide community by means of the Solar Energy solutions: affordable solar panels 20Wp to 280Wp, direct solar invertors, sine inverters and micro-invertors. Energy Storage: DC power solar chargers, hybrid and grid-tie invertors, off-grid power solutions. Lithium Cells: high capacity lithium cells from 10AH to 1000AH. Chargers: complete battery charging and BMS management solution. Check for details about the GridFree solutions at the GWL/Blog pages.

26.12.2012
 
Micro-Inverter –  No Fear of Death

Micro-Inverter –  No Fear of Death

Standard PV installations with work with DC 400V to DC 800V. Total risk of electric shock and death ! ! !  

With Micro-Inverter working with DC 50V – 100% SAFETY - no risks of burns, shocks or deaths because of high DCa voltages.

Make your own solar instalation as safe as possible. Use only low voltage DC micro-inverters.

26.12.2012
 
Micro-Inverter –  No Fear of Fire

Micro-Inverter –  No Fear of Fire

Standard PV installations have high risk of FIRE due to high voltage. DC 400V to DC 800V – extreme risk of FIRE. Bad contact, poor connection or some other fault may cause sparking and cable overheating. The total power of 3 kW to 5 kW is carried in a single cable string for the DC circuits.

With Micro-Inverter the maximal voltage is DC 50V – no risk of FIRE - the power of max 250W is carried on in the DC circuits.

23.12.2012
 
Installation Diagram for the MicroInverters and the eGate

Installation Diagram for the MicroInverters and the eGate

Suggested installation diagram for the full installation of a solar power plant based on the MicroInverter technology.

23.12.2012
 
eGate for MicroInverters - more photos

eGate for MicroInverters - more photos

The detailed internal photos of the MicroInverter eGate.

22.12.2012
 
Question: What is the purpose of the eGate? Must I use it?

Question: What is the purpose of the eGate? Must I use it?

Answer:

1) For commercials installations when the energy is delivered to the public grid the eGate must be installed so that the installation meets the standards of the grid operators. 

2) For small installations (only few MicroInverters)  – when all the energy is self-consumed (in the GridFree mode) and not delivered to the grid – it may not be necessary to use the gateway. However we always recommend applying all possible safety and protection solutions.

Main Safety Functions

Communications Interface with SEDAS web with Web-based online
monitoring per-module

  • Active anti-islanding protection
  • Additional Over/under voltage protection
  • Additional Over/under frequency protection
  • Additional Over current protection
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22.12.2012
 
FAQ: MicroInverter Questions and Answers

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Question: Why do you recommend to use a 250Wp or even 280Wp solar panel with the MicroInverter, that has only 230W AC output power?

Answer: The solar panel specification (250Wp or 280Wp) is the peak power at the ideal condition of direct sunshine at 1000W/m2. On most installations this ideal condition will be present only few days in a year. Most of the time, the sunshine condition of the installation is worse than the theoretical maximum. That is why it is better to use a large size panel to utilize all power available from the MicroInverter. 

The MicroInverter works at the MPPT mode and it will draw only the maximal power up to its own maximal power specification.  This means that during the sunshine peaks the inverter takes only the energy it can process up to its hardware limits.

Hint:  in winter times it may be even possible to join together two (even three) solar panels (of the same specifications) in parallel to increase the real yield from the installation during the short and cloudy winter days.

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14.12.2012
 
Micro-Inverter –  All Panels Supported

Micro-Inverter –  All Panels Supported

All types of panels supported: MONO/POLY/Amorphous/Thin. All sizes of panels supported from 40Wp to 280Wp

With micro-inverters it is easily possible to reuse the “old” panels from other installations. The MicroInverters solve the “solar panels recycling” question.  No need to recycle the solar panels. Even old solar panels can be used again with microinverters to produce electric energy.

With Micro-Inverters it is also possible to combine different type or sizes of panels into one installation.

With micro-inverter you are no more limited!

14.12.2012
 
Micro-Inverter –  More Power from Eeast + West

Micro-Inverter –  More Power from Eeast + West

Combining the EAST and WEST orieneted panels will give you more daily production than from south oriented panels only.

Yield more power with Micro-Invertors and solar panels on EAST and WEST located roofs: Get up to PLUS 38% power

14.12.2012
 
Micro-Inverter –  Multiple Roof Orientation

Micro-Inverter –  Multiple Roof Orientation

Solar panels can be installed on complicated roofs with different orientations.  With Central inverter the installation of such roofs was not possible. With Micro-Inverters the panels will generate maximum energy at any orientation and angles.

Go for micro-inverters now!

12.12.2012
 
Micro-Inverter –  No Fear of Winter

Micro-Inverter –  No Fear of Winter

For normal installation the snow cover on part of the panels will decrease the performance of all solar panels.

With Micro-Inverter the performance of panels will be always maximized. The MicroInverters will give more energy yield from panels partially covered by snow.

Do not be afraid of winter!

Check the Micro-Inverters pricing at EV-POWER.EU

12.12.2012
 
Micro-Inverter – No Fear of Shading

Micro-Inverter – No Fear of Shading

With tranditional PV installation there is huge loss of energy yield caused by partial or full shading. The shading of just part of the panels is a BIG PROBLEM !

Micro-Inverter solution gives more power when panels are fully or partially shaded. There is no big problem with shading any more

With Micro-Inverters the installation is possible in locations where it was not possible with the traditional “central” inverters.

Say NO to central inverters. Say YES to Micro-Inverters!

12.12.2012
 
Micro-Inverter – Always Stable System

Micro-Inverter – Always Stable System

The serial strings of PV panels with one central inverter bring many problems…
if one panel is weak… …the whole systems is weak
if one panel is broken… …the whole system must be stopped

Micro-Inverter works with single panel and is much stable
The problem of one panel does not influence the performance of the other panels.

if one panel is weak… …the whole system can keep working
if one panel is broken… …the whole system will continue to give power

It is easy to replace the broken panel or the defective Micro-Inverter. No need to stop the whole system for long time.

The maintenance of the solar installation with Micro-Inverters is much easier and flexible.

Check the Micro-Inverters pricing at EV-POWER.EU

12.12.2012
 
Micro-Inverter – More Power from the Sun

Micro-Inverter – More Power from the Sun

Ordinary solar installation with central inverter works with serial strings of many panels. The total power is based on the performance of the whole string.
There is only 1x MPPT (maximal power point tracking) for the whole string. If the performance of the panels differs, the weakest panel will decide the total MPPT of the whole string.

Micro-Inverter gives maximal power from each panel
MPPT is done for every panel. This brings maximal possible power from each single panel. The total performance of the solar installation will increase.

Result 5% to 20% power increase! 

Advantage: it is possible to use solar panels with wide specification tolerance. No need to pay for more expensive panels with identical paramaters.

12.12.2012
 
Home Electric Energy Storage Project

Home Electric Energy Storage Project

We are now working on a testing installation of a Home Electric Energy Storage (HEES) Project with 5kWh battery bank and 1kW power to grid.  We will keep you informed about the project at the blog pages.

09.12.2012
 
The Micro-Inverter Safety and Operation FAQs

The Micro-Inverter Safety and Operation FAQs

Q: Can the Micro-Inverter work in off-grid mode (island mode)?

Answer: No. The Micro-Inverter is designed only as the grid-tied (or on-grid) inverter. It works simultaneously (in harmony) with the 230V AC grid.

Q: How will the Micro-Inverter behave when the grid is down?

Answer:  If the AC grid is turned off, perhaps because of fuse is blown, or there is some repair on the cables, the Micro-Inverter will shutdown immediately. This shutdown function is one of the parameters certified by EU standards for electric safety.

The shut-down function means the Micro-Inverter does not produce any electricity when the grid is turned off, even if the solar panels are at full sunshine.

The Micro-Inverter has the anti-islanding function and will not work without the AC grid voltage supplied.

Q: What will the Micro-Inverter do when there is short circuit on the AC power line?

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02.12.2012
 
GridFree technology to reduce your energy demands

GridFree technology to reduce your energy demands

The graphs show the energy consumption and energy self-generation. The green line is the energy taken from the grid. The blue line is the self-produced energy. The more energy is produced, the less energy needs to be taken from the grid.

Save your money by producing more enegry on your own and by paying less to the grid operators.

30.11.2012
 
Micro-Inverter allows simple energy management

Standard PV invertors do not allow any power regulation. These inverters are
ALWAYS feeding the grid with ALL the energy they receive from the panels. No way to regulate the output power.

Micro-Inverter installation allows the energy management with simple AC relay switch-box. Based on the energy demand, the AC relay switch box is turning on or off the individual strings (or units) of Micro-Inverters. This way the the energy production is regulated quite exactly. The starting time of the Micro-Inverters is just in seconds, so it can fastly follow the actual demand.

Minimal regulation steps may be as low as 50W. The regulation of the energy may be carried out this way: 50W —- 50W + 50W —- 100W + 50W —- 100W + 100W —- 250W —- 250W + 50W —- etc. etc

With Micro-Invertes it is possible to get simple energy balancing, simple production management.

GOAL: No energy goes back to the grid

28.11.2012
 
Micro-Inverter is MICRO! Good ideas for you

Micro-Inverter is MICRO! Good ideas for you

With Micro-Inverter it is easy to make even very small installations. You can have a solar project with just ONE solar panel. This is not possible with the ordinary central inverters that usually have 1.5 kW or more power.

Now you can start from just one panel. This is the ideal solution for the GridFree projects.

GridFree means that you generate a part of the energy directly on your own and you reduce the consumption from the grid. The more you generate the less you need to take from the grid. The less you take from the grid, the less you pay to the grid-operator (utility company). The money that you save this way is your profit from the GridFree installation.

The basic GridFree principles:

  1. Generate the electric energy on your own and use it directly at your location
  2. Never feed your own evergy back to the grid: your energy is for you, not for the grid
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10.11.2012
 
mFi - monitoring your AC power anywhere

mFi - monitoring your AC power anywhere

This graph shows the mFi monitoring the power consumption of a small computer cabinet. This cabinet contains the “core communication technology” of a small business company:  the central server, netwoking switches, VoIP gateway, etc. The mimal consumption is always around 1.6 Amp making it at least some 270W of the non-stop energy demand from the 230V AC grid. The daily power comsumption is about 6.5 KWh, and per year it makes 2.372 MWh of energy.

In order to cut the costs down all unimportant devices were removed and the remaining devices were checked for energy optimisation. There seems to be no way to reduce the energy consumption of this computer cabinet.

Stay-tuned for details how the GridFree solution can cut the energy consumption down by just one simple “plug-in” to the AC socket.

16.07.2012
 
GridFree direct energy conversion 1 hour => EUR0.04

GridFree direct energy conversion 1 hour => EUR0.04

At peak sunshine hours one solar panel size 2x1 meter produces 200Wh of clean energy to feed the AC grid. With pricing of EUR0.20 per kWh, the panel generates EUR0.04 per hour.

16.07.2012
 
Hybrid Grid-tied Inverter - another key component for GridFree

Hybrid Grid-tied Inverter - another key component for GridFree

Hybrid grid technology allows to store energy into the batteries and generate energy simultaniuosly with the grid. The hybrid grid inverter works both in grid-tied mode and also in the grid-off mode. Check with us for more details. 

16.07.2012
 
Micro Inverter technology helping to built GridFree solutions

Micro Inverter technology helping to built GridFree solutions

The microinverters (micro invertors) are the key components to allow the local low cost energy generation. They work simultatiously with the AC grid and give you the power to produce the electric energy with an extreme simplicity. Just plug in and you have your own power generator.  Check with us for more details.

16.07.2012
 
GridFree - direct solar charging from FV power supplies

GridFree - direct solar charging from FV power supplies

The GridFree technology allows to harvest solar energy directly and simultaniously with the AC grid. The GridFree FV power generation reduces the comsumption of the electric power from the grid.  Check with us for more details on this exciting technology.

14.02.2012
 
PV panels for every roof! Become GridFree!

PV panels for every roof! Become GridFree!

The small PV installations and off-grid solutions and hybrid-grid solutions are getting more and more popular. The LFP batteries are proving as long-term energy power backup solutions. We are getting ready to launch some new and exciting products. Wait for more to come!

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