Installations of PV Solar Systems on sites that have an existing backup generator also require a generator intertrip solution to ensure continuity of power. The intertrip communicates with PV Solar inverters to stand down when the backup generator is activated.
Traditional intertrip solutions involve communication cables running from the generator's Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) to the inverters. This is often a costly exercise where cables may run tens or even hundreds of meters, in trenches (under roads, footpaths and garden beds) and through buildings via conduits that (at times) need to run through walls.
It’s a significant challenge for solar solution providers and their installers, both in the solution design and quoting stage and in the installation and project management stage. It’s also highly disruptive for the sites in question.
carbonTRACK has created a Wireless Generator Intertrip solution that eliminates the need for expensive and disruptive cabling.
The wireless device, designed and manufactured by carbonTRACK, overcomes the need to dig trenches and run cables associated with traditional intertrip solutions. carbonTRACK’s wireless device uses proprietary carbonTRACK network architecture to enable wireless communication between the generator and the solar inverters.
Facility Managers are able to monitor the system via the carbonTRACK online dashboard and Fleet Report and set automated alerts of a loss of communication.
Solar solution providers can:
End-customer sites and their Facility Managers can:
carbonTRACK’s Wireless Generator Intertrip solution is up and running in two hospitals in regional Victoria. These installations are part of a pilot led by a Melbourne-based engineering company that is now including the solution in other tenders across the region.
The same solution, however, has an equally relevant application in other scenarios where continuous power supply is business critical and where the energy flow must be seamlessly balanced between grid, solar and generator supplied energy. This includes:
Our Wireless Generator Intertrip solution is a great example of how carbonTRACK creates dynamic and reliable solutions to real-life problems. The carbonTRACK ecosystem is technology agnostic and can seamlessly integrate with various communication protocols.