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Solar Thread - PVOutput

Post by spitex » Wed 09 Oct, 2013 8:22 am

Hey redlineAU peeps.

I know some of you have systems that log to PVOutput.org - send me your URLs and I will add them to this post!!!

PayneStation - spite
RickV MK2 - RickV
Brenno - gtirboy
Dreamstudios - DreamensioN
FaulksPowerStation - Steve (wrx)
MicksPowerStation - Mick81

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Post by unwritten law » Wed 09 Oct, 2013 5:12 pm

26.4kwhrs solid day mate. The next month should be seeing best results before it gets too hot and the panels derate. i.e. long enough days and panels working at best efficiency.

Rick V - serious setup there I'm guessing he got in a couple of years ago before energex limited grid tie inverters to 5kw?

http://pvoutput.org/list.jsp?id=8070&sid=7932 that is me. Just need a raspberry pi, rs485 cable and a couple of hours of time to get setup and logging.
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Post by spitex » Wed 09 Oct, 2013 7:49 pm

Hey Cal,

Are you waiting for some hardware etc to get your logging going?

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Post by spitex » Thu 10 Oct, 2013 8:19 am

unwritten law wrote: Rick V - serious setup there I'm guessing he got in a couple of years ago before energex limited grid tie inverters to 5kw?
I think Rick's on the 40cents exporting 5kw all day and the surplus is just for him to run his train sets and sex toys collection.

I have seen his credits from the power company posted on facebook, he earns close to $900 a quarter I think. I will get him to post some details here :)

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Post by gtirboy » Thu 10 Oct, 2013 5:25 pm

Ryan,
I've been trying to get mine logging for about 12 months with no luck. Any help from anyone would be appreciated. I have a Delta Solivia 3.3. I have the USB to RS485 dongle just can't log.
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Post by spitex » Sat 12 Oct, 2013 7:57 am

Hi Todd, what do you mean you cannot log? Does the system support it or do you not just have a little PC (RasberryPy?) to do it for you?

It can't be that hard to setup :P
Bookmarking this URL for later if you still need help - https://github.com/stik79/DeltaPVOutput & http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1901079

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Post by gtirboy » Sat 12 Oct, 2013 5:11 pm

spitex wrote:Hi Todd, what do you mean you cannot log? Does the system support it or do you not just have a little PC (RasberryPy?) to do it for you?

It can't be that hard to setup :P
Your right it isn't hard......for anyone with a tech mind :P
I can see instant stats through the online monitor, just can't log it. Delta have proprietary rights on this. Whirlpool members have come up with a code to overcome this, however I can't make it work * no clue how to * They have also written a code for Rasberry Pi if people want to use it.

I am sure it is very easy to do, just abit above my pay grade.

So open to how to guides :?
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Post by spitex » Sat 12 Oct, 2013 7:52 pm

Well ... you've obviously got the cable working then?

The code from Whirlpool, which I have in my quote above wouldn't be too hard to get going.

Do you have a Raspberry Pi ? If so, invite me round for a cuddle and we can probably work it out pretty quickly ;)

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Post by gtirboy » Sun 13 Oct, 2013 7:33 pm

Cable is working, I'm guessing you are talking about the code written for the RPi should be easy enough to get going?

I don't have a RPi yet, there is so many options with them I'm not sure which one I need or would do the job. Which one do you think would take the code required? i.e. Linux or media centre one ......

A cuddle is definitely on the cards!!
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Post by spitex » Mon 14 Oct, 2013 7:26 am

A RPi is just computer, with lower power requirements and limited multimedia.

As far as I can tell you will only need a RPi with network connectivity (network port built in) and you need to the get that to your network at home. If you can do it wired, then that's fine but the other option is you use a USB wireless dongle or a EthernetOverPower adaptor. The whole system shouldn't need more than 1-2gb of SD storage.

Where are you looking at buying them from? I know there are lots of them on ebay these days but I haven't looked for a long time myself. My RPi is just sitting around doing nothing at the moment so if you wanted we could just use it as a proof of concept then you can go buy another one for yourself. If you have the SD card, taking it out of mine and plugging it into yours it should just boot up and do what it's supposed to.

Basically, it's just a RPi running Linux that connects to the internet via your home network.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Raspberry-Pi ... bdd&_uhb=1

And a 2/4/8gb SD card from officeworks should do it.

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Post by gtirboy » Mon 14 Oct, 2013 4:48 pm

Great, I have a EthernetOverPower adapter that works already, if we can try your RPi that would be awesome. What are you up to Sunday??

p.s sorry for hijacking your thread.
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Post by spitex » Sat 19 Oct, 2013 8:04 am

Sunday ... what time wold work for you if I popped over? Send me a PM with the address too etc. No promises yet, but I will try slot it in if you're still keen.

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Post by spitex » Sun 20 Oct, 2013 9:05 am

Going out to see Todd today and get his shit working. Cal, get yourself a Pi and if you need a hand ill work on it with you. I installed the RPi software last night with the NOOBS image, it's so farkin easy now. Someone with absolute basic computer skills could get it working.

My guess is ill probably leave my Pi with Todd for a bit until he gets his and I will get a couple more - they are pretty useful for stuff like this :P

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Post by dorift » Sun 20 Oct, 2013 11:03 am

Got a pi this week. Not that I'll be using it for solar logging but it's cool nonetheless.
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Post by spitex » Sun 20 Oct, 2013 3:23 pm

Added gtirboy and DreamensioN to the PVOutput list - just waiting on Cal now? :P

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Post by gtirboy » Sun 20 Oct, 2013 6:27 pm

Thanks Ryan for you assistance today. I think we all learnt a lot and the RPi is a great tool for this application.
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Post by cGr » Sun 20 Oct, 2013 8:37 pm

Fixed.
dorift wrote:Got a new way to put myself through IT hell this week. Not that I'll be using it for solar logging but it's cool nonetheless.

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Post by dorift » Sun 20 Oct, 2013 9:03 pm

cGr wrote:Fixed.
dorift wrote:Got a new way to put myself through IT hell this week. Not that I'll be using it for solar logging but it's cool nonetheless.
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Post by unwritten law » Mon 21 Oct, 2013 7:34 am

spitex wrote:Cal, get yourself a Pi and if you need a hand ill work on it with you. I installed the RPi software last night with the NOOBS image, it's so farkin easy now. Someone with absolute basic computer skills could get it working.
Awesome mate thanks for the offer. Got no worries finding a pi, it's the rs485 cable brand / type that is the tricky bit for the aurora inverters. Need to find the thread in whirlpool about it.
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Re: Solar Thread - PVOutput

Post by spitex » Mon 21 Oct, 2013 7:47 am

I will ask Rick to comment cause he's got an Aurora! :)

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