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Using Modbus to Communicate with Multiple OZpcs-RS40s

Posted by Dave Zendzian on Mar 3, 2021 8:43:13 AM

The OZpcs-RS40 is a 40kW Power Conversion System (PCS) intended for battery-based energy storage applications. The PCS is designed to be mounted in a standard 19” rack, and easily paralleled to scale power capability. All hardware interfaces are located on the front panel, utilizing pass-through type terminal blocks for simple daisy chained cable or bus bar power connections. Similarly, the Modbus and digital I/O signals are provided on redundant, high density, 15-pin D-Sub connectors, which also allow for simple daisy chain cabling. When using Modbus to control multiple, paralleled PCS there are several things to consider, including termination, addressing, and broadcast messaging.

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Topics: Grid Tie Inverter, Digital Power Control, energy storage, MODBUS, Smart Inverter, UL1741-SA

Frequency/Watt Smart Inverter Functionality

Posted by Dave Zendzian on Feb 1, 2021 12:02:05 PM

In a previous post, I discussed how the Volt/VAR function can be used to provide grid voltage stabilization during over and under-voltage conditions. In addition to stabilizing out of tolerance voltage conditions, over and under-frequency grid conditions can also be mitigated using Frequency/Watt functionality. In a manner similar to Volt/VAR, the Frequency/Watt function will automatically generate real power commands based on grid frequency measurements.

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Topics: Grid Tie Inverter, Digital Power Control, energy storage, Smart Inverter, UL1741-SA