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 Post subject: Cool beta threads, fishbowl available?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2003 3:12 pm GMT EthGMT 
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Yes , I sold FishBowl to Xantrex and they will Market it for the new Suntie XR/GP users

It will require the use of an opto-isolator , which my understanding will be part of the package xantrex will sell to end-users

I really excited to see it now shipping , it's easy to blow my own horn but I am really looking forward to hearing back from users for their impressions

Thanks for the positive comments

Henry
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 Post subject: Cool beta threads, fishbowl available?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2003 10:04 pm GMT EthGMT 
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Solar Guppy:
.... it's easy to blow my own horn but I am really looking forward to hearing back from users for their impressions
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Ok, I'll toot it a bit for you. [img]images/smiles/icon_smile.gif[/img] Having used FishBowl for a while, I can say that it is pretty slick. Forget about needing to look at the inverter display or remote monitor, FishBowl does all of that and more. I highly recommend it.

Henry,
Can you post any screenshots for people to drool over or is Xantrex only allowed to do that now that they bought it?


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 Post subject: Cool beta threads, fishbowl available?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2003 1:47 am GMT EthGMT 
I read the recently made available threads (Xantrex Beta Testers, now available to everyone to read) on the new STXR. Very cool, very impressive. Congratulations!

Is the fishbowl software (maybe hardware as well) package going to be made available?

arnold


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 Post subject: Cool beta threads, fishbowl available?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2003 1:12 am GMT EthGMT 
It's great to hear that FishBowl is going to be an official product.

Does it support multiple units?

It looks like I will have some STXR GPs soon. My 3 STXRs died apparently from a surge after lightning took out a couple of transformers 1/3 of a mile away from my place.

arnold


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 Post subject: Cool beta threads, fishbowl available?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2003 1:27 am GMT EthGMT 
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The version Xantrex has (1.2) is for a single inverter per PC. The comm library used doesn't support multithreading which would be required for having more than one copy of fishbowl running on the same PC to monitor the additional inverters.

Fishbowl would itself have to have this option added

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 Post subject: Cool beta threads, fishbowl available?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2003 11:20 pm GMT EthGMT 
Any idea when Fishbowl will be shipping? It seems like a really useful product. I didn't see it on the Xantrex website yet.

Kevin


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 Post subject: Cool beta threads, fishbowl available?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2003 11:47 pm GMT EthGMT 
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They are behind in making a package to sell ... they need to bundle it with an opto-isolator , they already have the user installer/software , it's just there time to package all up ... hopefully within a few weeks

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 Post subject: Cool beta threads, fishbowl available?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2003 1:11 am GMT EthGMT 
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Hi Henry,

Will Fishbowl work with all of the ST units or just the new upgrade units?

Thanks

Ron


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 Post subject: Cool beta threads, fishbowl available?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2003 11:45 am GMT EthGMT 
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Ron,

As you now know , Fishbowl will work with the older ST or ST/XR but you will only get partial information. The ST ST/XR does not have the ability to measure DC amps and those values reported by Fishbowl will be incorrect.

On another note , I have two copies of Fishbowl running on a single PC without issue. The only thing necessary is to make a second copy of the actual program and put it in a separate folder. This is so each running copy has it's own .ini file. Also , when logging data , make sure you tell Fishbowl unique location for the data logs

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 Post subject: Cool beta threads, fishbowl available?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2003 11:04 pm GMT EthGMT 
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Solar Guppy:
The only thing necessary is to make a second copy of the actual program and put it in a separate folder. This is so each running copy has it's own .ini file. Also , when logging data , make sure you tell Fishbowl unique location for the data logs

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Hi Henry,

And probably best to only run one at a time until you select the unique log locations AND unique serial ports.

Ron


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 Post subject: Cool beta threads, fishbowl available?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2003 3:27 pm GMT EthGMT 
Henry,

You said that the ST and STXR units can't read DC current. Was the DC current measurement added to improve MPPT?

Gordon


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 Post subject: Cool beta threads, fishbowl available?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2003 3:47 pm GMT EthGMT 
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Hi Gordon,

Yes , current is needed to calculate DC power from the array ... There is a daughter card added to the XR/GP with the DC sense circuit to do this ... The original ST ST/XR had a non-functional circuit with the needed drop resistor , what I designed was the differental circuit to measure , scale and average for the CPU.

The original designer felt mppt could be found using the AC power , to slow for cause and effect , or loop speed , when that didn't work they tried guessing by the voltage drop which was triggered by many other no mppt events.

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 Post subject: Cool beta threads, fishbowl available?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2003 3:33 pm GMT EthGMT 
Henry and all,

May previous highest daily energy producion with my ST2500 connected to 48 SP75s (3600 peak watts) set at 10 degrees below my latitude angle, facing due south, in San Diego County was 18.8 kWh in late April 2002. Yesterday, using the XR/GP, the system produced 19.25 kWh. Onward to 20 kWh!

Gordon


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 Post subject: Cool beta threads, fishbowl available?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2003 11:29 pm GMT EthGMT 
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Holy Photon Batman !!

Thats allot of power from a single inverter !

Based on the different in perfect conditions between the ST and XR/GP , you'll hit 20.88Kw according to my trusty decoder ring ... maybe ever 21Kw , if you clean your panels !

Upload the logs when it happens !


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