Walk through of new Solar + Storage training room

Introducing hybrid and off-grid inverters from Glen Morris on Vimeo.

A brief introduction to: the Redback Smart Hybrid inverter; SMA Sunny Island off-grid inverter, SolaX Power Hybrid (EPS) inverter, and the SolarEdge SE3500 with Storedge device for integrating LV batteries like the Tesla Powerwall and others.

This is one of the many training rooms that students on his courses utilise to build systems. All these systems are the work of previous courses.

Battery Testing and Redback Installation

Another group of “Solar + Storage” students learning about off-grid and hybrid systems.


Lachy load testing a set of Sonnenschein A600 Solar OPzV batteries


Nick explaining how they setup the Redback Smart Hybrid inverter with battery pack below.


Siva checking the Redback inverter.


Sacred Sun batteries with “visual inspection” window.


Load testing using three students for speed. Two taking readings and one writing down the results.


Using an AutoHold function on the multimeter to speed up taking battery cell voltage readings.


Safely moving heavy batteries.


Loosing off battery terminals prior to repositioning. Always use a torque wrench when tightening though and make sure threads are clean.


Spacing batteries 20mm apart to ensure good passive ventilation.

Midwinter Solar Training

Another group of passionate “Solar + Storage” students leave their mark on our training facility.


David installs the new Victron Energy Quattro. A good choice for flexible redundant power options: Grid or Generator input; always on and grid-only outputs.


Andy shows his fellow students how his team built the SolaX hybrid inverter system with an external ATS (automatic transfer switch) for supplying backup power during loss of grid.


Nirvana shows the systems that he and Mitch built. Small 12V based system with Victron MPPT, battery protection device and Bluetooth configuration from iPhone or Android.


Edwin, SolaX engineer demonstrates how to program the SolaX hybrid inverter.


Students working in the new “Boat Shed” training room (SolaX and SMA).


Chukwuma (from Nigeria) and Andy install SolaX hybrid.


Rachael (4th year apprentice) getting to grips with configuring an a.c. coupled SMA SI8.0H and SB5000.


Brad and Gavin explaining the features and configuration options of the GiantPower IPS4000.

Hybrid inverter systems and dc-dc battery retrofit solutions


Derick Martin (left) from Outback Power assists with installation of the new Outback FP2 all-in-one dual inverter system.


Wiring up the main battery isolator.


Mike & Miles consider how best to protect cables and build an atheistically pleasing hybrid system using the SolaX EPS inverter.


Anthony checking the Goodwe GW2500-BP (yellow box) d.c. to d.c. converter that can be installed on the PV array side of any conventional grid-connect inverter – thus adding battery storage to an existing installation.


It always helps to read the manual!


Fotakis (left) is another of our trainers assisting with the installation of an Outback FP2 dual inverter system.


Checking the internal connections of the Redback hybrid inverter.


Wiring up the comms cable from power meter to Redback.


Factory visit to Selectronic at Mooroolbark (near Healesville) is a highlight of the course. Lindsay Hart explains how the Selectronic system works.


Lindsay walking the students through the production line.


Toroidal transformers ready for the next batch of SP Pro inverters.


Lindsay explains some of the clever thermal management designed into the SP Pro inverter.


Student questions.


Greg and Brian checking the cell voltages for a 2000Ah bank of Narada EosG cells (48V) supplied by Choose Solar.


Greg doing a “pre-flight” check.


Anthony & Brian carefully lifting a Selectronic SP Pro (5kW unit) onto it’s mount. Aquion “salt water” batteries below.


Jerry Robinson of The Greenhouse Effect (trainer) and Reece installing a SMA Sunny Island SI8.0H-11 and SB5000 as an a.c. coupled off-grid system.

20160602-IMG_2957Confirming connections are correct before power on and programming of SP Pro with Aquion batteries.


Students discuss the merits of the Redback v’s the SolaX hybrid inverters.


Ian Conibeer from Energy Connections explains how to use Victron Energy‘s VEconfig tool to setup a Victron Multiplus and MPPT in an a.c. coupled arrangement with a Fronius Galvo grid-connect inverter.

Battery system training


Shane explains to his fellow students how to test a Sonnenschein A600 Solar 48V 520Ah battery pack using on and off-load techniques.


Daryn demonstrates the new Aquion (saltwater batteries) combined with the Selectronic SP Pro 5kW inverter in hybrid configuration.


Installation completed – ready for configuration and testing. These Aquion batteries can be discharged 100% under normal cycling.

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Sonnenschein A600 Solar batteries (VRLA lead acid) – with inspection window.

Aqueous Ion Batteries


Adam Champion from Aquion explaining the performance characteristics of the new aqueous ion batteries from Aquion. Students installed six stacks to build a 48V battery bank with approximately 3000W of power and 12kWh of usable energy (100% depth-of-discharge is OK for these types of cells).


Ian explaining how the molten salt battery from Fiamm works. 9.6kWh and 250A of peak output at 48V!


Aquion batteries have no exposed conductive parts… great for resting your tools on.


Daryn and Matt connecting up an SP Pro 5kW inverter to Aquion batteries.


Good crimping action.


Three is faster than one.

Advanced battery technologies

Students working and monitoring a range of battery technologies at SolarQuip training facility near Melbourne.


Gary explaining to his fellow students how the GiantPower system works in various hybrid modes.


Peter programming the Schneider XW+ and new Conext Battery Monitor system.


Students learning about passive solar design.


Rod Dewar from Fronius shows how the Fronius Galvo inverter can be used in manage a.c. coupling mode with the Victron Multiplus battery inverter.


The classroom.

Ecoult battery wide photo

Ecoult “UltraFlex” 20kW battery with three-phase Selectronic SP Pro’s and ABB solar inverters in managed a.c. coupling mode.


Jerry crimping some 70mm cable for the Narada “carbon” lead acid sealed batteries from Choose Solar.


Phil from Victron explains how the Victron web portal allows for remote monitoring.

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Thermal image of SP Pro’s and Sonnenschein batteries. Note the heat from direct solar radiation onto the righthand end of batteries – not a good location. Shading needs to be fitted.

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Sonnenschein A600 Solar batteries.

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Finished enclosure with an acrylic “see-what-you-paid-for” window.

Hybrid/Off-Grid Course – December 2015

December 2015 Solar Hybrid/Off-Grid Class
December 2015 Solar Hybrid/Off-Grid Class
Glen Morris demonstrates the Ecoult UltraFlex and 3 phase SP Pro system
Glen Morris demonstrates the Ecoult UltraFlex and 3 phase SP Pro system

Glen Morris from the Australian Solar Council is running a series of “Solar + Storage” courses in 2016. Enrolments are open now at http://solarquip.com.au/product/solarstorage/

Photos from the last training course where we had many guest presenters showing some of their technology to the attendees.


Paul Liddell from Redback Tech explaining some of the advance hybrid features of their new Redback inverter


Fiamm molten salt battery. 7.6kWh of usable storage in a small package.

Rod installing the Studer-Innotec XTM4000 inverter
Rod installing the Studer-Innotec XTM4000 inverter


Afternoon tea time


Geoff Bragg (Board Member of the Australian Solar Council) – in hat – explaining how the Studer-Innotec system works.


Ian showing us the amazing Fiamm molten salt battery


Tom explaining how they have configured the GiantPower IPS as a quick to setup UPS or off-grid system.


Power trailer – Plasmatronics Dingo equipped.


Noel explaining to his fellow students how they setup the OutBack Power FM80 MPPT charge controller.


Phil from Victron Energy showing the students their range of hybrid and off-grid inverters and MPPT charge controllers.


Phil showing the Victron web portal.


Andrew demonstrates the power trailer’s features.