Durandal
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Location: Central Arkansas

Re: Ordering panels

Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:46 am

I'm starting out with a 2.6kWh battery pack that is supposed to be delivered today. I somewhat altered my initial plans, I'm going to first engage in the building of a solar powered trailer "generator." So panels, plus battery, charge controller, and inverter, installed on a trailer that can then provide clean power for lighting large areas at night, and/or providing power for tools, etc during the day.

So the battery pack is built from old Leaf cells, I purchased it from http://evbatterycenter.com/ and I intend on using that as my launching point for making my own cells from salvaged Nissan Leaf vehicles. I plan on testing out the components prior to the purchase of the trailer, and I'll post an update once I've got that next stage complete. I anticipate some time in June or July I'll be making progress on the solar power trailer.
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Pulled the trigger on going EV on 10/2016 with a 2012 Leaf, and a Tesla Model 3 reservation expected to receive in late 2018.

Durandal
Posts: 227
Joined: Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:55 am
Delivery Date: 22 Sep 2016
Leaf Number: 025018
Location: Central Arkansas

Re: Ordering panels

Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:51 am

2.6kWh battery came in yesterday, I only had a little time to play around with it, but I was able to get into the BMS with its built-in wifi, and test charging the pack with a 120v to 54.6v charger. (I didn't bring it up to full capacity, I'll let it stay in the 60-70% range until I have everything hooked up and I'm ready to use it.)
Battery on the front passenger floorboard:
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Screenshot from the BMS:
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My Midnite Solar Kid charge controller http://www.midnitesolar.com/productPhoto.php?product_ID=531&productCatName=Software&productCat_ID=43&sortOrder=2&act=pcame in at the beginning of this week, so the next step is me ordering all of the appropriate connectors/cables for the panels to the charge controller, then from there to the battery pack. Once I've got all that done, I will get things connected to my Xantrex inverter, and go about configuring it. I want to have the batteries charged up to at max 90%, discharge to 20%, and after that use grid power to maintain power for whatever circuits I have running on the inverter.

I will continue to post updates as I make progress.
Pulled the trigger on going EV on 10/2016 with a 2012 Leaf, and a Tesla Model 3 reservation expected to receive in late 2018.

Durandal
Posts: 227
Joined: Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:55 am
Delivery Date: 22 Sep 2016
Leaf Number: 025018
Location: Central Arkansas

Re: Ordering panels

Mon May 01, 2017 4:17 pm

(Hopefully) all necessary connectors have been ordered, along with a smaller 48v 2500w pure sine wave inverter. (I have a 5500w inverter, but it's HUGE, so I'm wanting a smaller one for my first setup as it will be mobile. If I'm fortunate, I should have everything hooked up by the end of the month for at least one test circuit. As a side-note, we had an 18 hour power outage this weekend that made me wish I had ordered all of that month ago. I ended up hooking up a 1500w inverter up to my Leaf in order to power the refrigerator during that time.
Pulled the trigger on going EV on 10/2016 with a 2012 Leaf, and a Tesla Model 3 reservation expected to receive in late 2018.

Durandal
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Joined: Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:55 am
Delivery Date: 22 Sep 2016
Leaf Number: 025018
Location: Central Arkansas

Re: Ordering panels

Thu May 11, 2017 4:00 pm

So, does anyone know how to overcome the blinking green "ready" light on the Nissan Leaf trickle EVSE when plugging it into an inverter?
Pulled the trigger on going EV on 10/2016 with a 2012 Leaf, and a Tesla Model 3 reservation expected to receive in late 2018.

silverone
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Location: Eastern OH

Re: Ordering panels

Thu May 11, 2017 4:42 pm

There are threads on bonding ground-neutral with a resistor on some of the inverter-generator threads. I'd assume you'll need to do this.
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Durandal
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Location: Central Arkansas

Re: Ordering panels

Sat May 13, 2017 9:13 am

silverone wrote:There are threads on bonding ground-neutral with a resistor on some of the inverter-generator threads. I'd assume you'll need to do this.

Thanks, after further research, I believe I found the info I need, and ordered the appropriate resistors for the purpose.
Pulled the trigger on going EV on 10/2016 with a 2012 Leaf, and a Tesla Model 3 reservation expected to receive in late 2018.

Durandal
Posts: 227
Joined: Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:55 am
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Location: Central Arkansas

Re: Ordering panels

Fri May 19, 2017 10:19 am

I used a 1/2 watt, 100kohm resistor to bridge between the neutral and the ground, which allowed me to charge my Leaf using my 48v inverter and battery pack. The final connectors have arrived, so my project next month is to get everything hooked up for a trial solar production run!
Pulled the trigger on going EV on 10/2016 with a 2012 Leaf, and a Tesla Model 3 reservation expected to receive in late 2018.

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