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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Outback FlexPOWER 2 Installation - Piet Retief

Off-Grid PV, SHW & Gas System, Design & Supply by AM Solar:
  • Inverter/Charger - Outback FlexPOWER 2 (2 x 3KW)
  • Charge Controller - Outback FM80
  • PV Panels - 8x SetSolar 200W
  • Batteries - M-Solar 350AH (48V)
  • Solar Hot Water - 200L Thermo-siphon System
  • Backup - Generator and Gas Manifold

[Picture: The Outback FP2 installation]

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Huge Energy & Costs Savings - LIFE Healthcare

AM Solar installed a number of Heat Pumps in one of LIFE Healthcare's Hospital's as a pilot project, which resulted in huge energy and cost savings for the hospital.
Their electricity bill was reduced by nearly 40% resulting in close to R60 000 savings per month.
Note: These cost savings will increase in the colder months of the year.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Residential, Large Solar PV Installation - Meyersdal

Photos taken during final stages of installation and initial commissioning of the system.
This is a new development, home.
Specs on the system:
  1. Design & Installation by AM Solar.
  2. PV Bank = 24 x 210w Sanyo Solar Panels.
  3. Battery Bank = 24 x 1200AH Tubular Cell 2v Cells (Raylite).
  4. Inverters = 2 x 3kw Grid-Tied Outback FX Inverter/Chargers (in parallel).
  5. Charge Controllers = 2 x Outback FM80's and 1 x MX60.
  6. Protection = multi DC circuit breakers and fuses. Note these are 100% DC breakers, not AC breakers with a DC rating. A common mistake made by our competitors.
  7. Communications = Outback MATE2 and HUB10.
  8. Load: +- 70% of the home is off-grid.
  9. Backup = ESKOM grid connection
  10. Commissioning and Operator training and manual = AM Solar - Professional Solar Solutions and Off-Grid Energy Specialists.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Off-Grid Solar PV System (Mozambique)

Designed and commissioned an off-grid solar power, photovoltaic (PV) system in an upmarket lodge in Vilancoulas, Mozambique.

AM Solar worked with the client to take the existing solar system which was
under-capacity and was under-performing and to get it to a point where the lodge could be 100% dependent on the solar power.

Additional solar charge via Sanyo 210W PV panels and Outback FM80 charge controllers were bolted onto the system.

Also additional storage was put into the system by means of Raylite 1375AH Tubular Cell, flooded cell batteries, now giving 2 full days of autonomy (i.e. 2 days of power storage).
The system includes an MLT-Drives 6kW off-grid inverter and a 3rd and 4th bank of SetSolar 70W PV Panels.

The system has been programmed and optimised to function as efficiently as possible and to extend the life-span of the system, by means of load measurement and prioritising and by programming in specific hardware related set-points.