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Transfer to AC IN on one phase in 3 phase system

1. 3 phase system with 6 3kVA Multiplus in off grid config. To maximise solar consumption I have set up assistants (general relay plus either programmable relay or gen start / stop will do this) to transfer to AC IN once the battery discharges to a certain level. This is set only on the master on L1 and will use the chargers on all the Multis. Works well.

2. But when inverting again an overload can occur on L3 due heavy loading. I dont have time to rebalance phases just at the moment so was hoping to emulate the assistants above to solve this too. But it does not work.

If Ioad the logic on L1 Master.. it does not affect L3 (unlike the voltage sense/ charging assitant in 1. I tried either the programmable relay or gen start/stop relay on the L3 master , plus the general relay assistant, but nothing happens.


Note the PV assistant is in place on all masters.. and is the last assistant.

Is it possible to get L3 to transfer to AC on overload condition during inverting?

I had no problem setting this up on a single phase system to test.. so my assistant logic works.. it just does not in a 3 phase set up.

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so to be clear.. i want the whole system to switch to grid when battery voltage falls to x .. but I also what l3 to switch to grid with its load (during inverting) exceeds a wattage

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mblowes answered ·

Solved it.. gosh this Victron kit is ridiculously gorgeous to work on. Extreme logic..

On another post I saw a reference from Mr Boonstra about treating the 3phase unit as one unit. Penny dropped.

The general flag relay is shared among units.. so by using it to ignore AC IN on L1 (for purposes of battery voltage) it was not available to L3 for Overload. It was only L3 that has the overload problem.

I cleared the assistants on L1 and put them all on L3 in form of gen start / stop activating general flag for both battery voltage and overload.. Viola.. it works.

But a small new problem developed.. a low , oscillating hum... not sure if true but seemed like using L3 as the master did not work... so I remapped the phases in the VE Bus configurator and that problem was sorted too ie L3 -> L1, L1-> L2 and L2->L3.

All good now.. so switches (as a group since PV assistant is loaded) if either a) voltage is low or b) there is an overload on L1 (formerly L3).



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Short answer this is my first big project and I'm learning. First stage of commissioning is for it to do what I want in off grid mode.


Ultimately it will move to ESS.. but my understanding is I have to load the grid code (Australia) to run that (at the moment it is set as none).. And doing this means that the 3 Goodwe inverters on AC OUT export all excess - and this is not adjustable. It is a 3 to 6 month wait until smart meters are uninstalled here and we are not supposed to export until that happens.

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I would have thought to be compliant you would have to set the grid code since you are actually connected to the grid some of the time.

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daryl answered ·

@mblowes Is there a reason why you can't just use ESS and leave it grid connected to acheive the desired outcome?

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