New Inverter XW Pro & New Conext Gateway with easy remote monitoring on Conext Insight 2

Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 4,126 ✭✭✭✭
Schneider Electric’s New Conext™ XW Pro Hybrid Inverter Will Meet California Rule 21

A new-generation of hybrid inverter, ConextTM XW Pro dedicated to the Residential, Commercial & Industrial solar and storage applications
Rule 21 compliant, and planned development roadmap to meet other SRD requirements for North America
Designed for connected architectures, simplified installation & integration with monitoring


Conext XW Pro hybrid inverterGrenoble, September 20 – Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has announced the launch of the next-generation hybrid inverter, ConextTM XW Pro. To address the grid interactive requirements in California, ConextTM XW Pro meets the Rule 21’s SRD requirements.

This announcement follows Schneider Electric’s recent release of PREPA firmware for their ConextTM XW+ line of products to meet grid requirements in Puerto Rico. Since Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico in September 2017, Schneider Electric has been working closely with local partners to restore power to the island, deploying thousands of systems in the past 18 months.

The ConextTM XW Pro interoperates with solar charge controllers and most conventional PV inverters in AC-coupled configurations, which makes the product ideal for retrofit applications in both residential and commercial settings.

The ConextTM XW Pro will initially be Rule 21 compliant, and Schneider Electric will release upgrades to compliance with other SRD requirements for the North American region. The initial launch of the XW Pro will be UL-only; Schneider Electric will launch an IEC version of this product in 2019.

Conext XW Pro hybrid inverterSchneider Electric also announces the launch of the ConextTM Gateway and the ConextTM Insight 2, next-generation monitoring and control solutions for Commercial & Industrial solar and storage projects. The ConextTM Gateway supports Wi-Fi connectivity and comes with a wide range of other communications interfaces for integration with inverters, power meters, weather stations, Lithium-Ion batteries and much more. In addition to the ability to monitor systems remotely from the cloud, ConextTM Insight 2 will allow installers to manage system settings and firmware updates remotely.

“The launch of the ConextTM XW Pro, ConextTM Gateway and the ConextTM Insight 2, are the latest examples of our continuing commitment to the off-grid, grid-connected back-up and storage markets,” says Evan Vogel, Vice President of Marketing, Schneider Electric Solar Business. “With this new lineup of products, we introduce a whole range of system level functionality. We’re excited to announce the launch of these solutions as Schneider Electric Solar Business increases our already major focus on the rapidly-growing global Residential, Commercial & Industrial project segments.”



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  • Graham ParkinsonGraham Parkinson Registered Users Posts: 40 ✭✭
    Neat Dave

    Sounds like improved hardware/firmware for on grid uses.

    Not sure if any improvements for us off grid types, or if this will be a replacement for the XW+.

    GP 
  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 4,126 ✭✭✭✭
    Hi Graham,

    It really is not a replacement for the XW+. It does have some hardware that will make it not backward compatible but that could change also. The replacement for combox (conext gateway) and Insight 2 will modernize an XW system if desired. XW Pro is the same footprint as XW and XW+ BTW.

    The gear I am electronic field testing for offgrid looks solid. New features like dual xanbus systems allow 2 separate power systems and  easy to monitor/control from anywhere without using techniques like port forwarding. Full control will allow the support guys to look into a system and load firmware. It is extremely secure and the owner can control who gets in or just lock it up.

    The wifi is a game changer as it will allow other devices like a heat pump or thermostat to get data from XW and use energy while it is there. Clouds causing panel output to vary can control loads and still have a full battery. Third party aps can easily be written for wifi devices and already have. Long xanbus or network cable runs can be a problem for some sites and so wifi will give a 3rd way to monitor/control a system.

     I can do the same thing with my clients and it will save a trip to Hawaii. That might not be so good....


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  • fowlerrudifowlerrudi Solar Expert Posts: 37 ✭✭
    This is awesome!  “allow other devices like a heat pump or thermostat to get data from XW and use energy while it is there. Clouds causing panel output to vary can control loads and still have a full battery.”


  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 4,126 ✭✭✭✭
    This is awesome!  “allow other devices like a heat pump or thermostat to get data from XW and use energy while it is there. Clouds causing panel output to vary can control loads and still have a full battery.”


    And a few other surprises that you might like after some more testing ;)

    I have been begging for this!  Even though the rule 21 is responsible for this getting this done, it is very nice indeed for Offgrid.
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  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 4,126 ✭✭✭✭
    New hardware arrived this week for CVT.  I hear this is suppose to be done by December if anyone has buying shoes on.

    Looks as solid as I would expect. I am hoping this will be a way to easily automate home fire, theft, heating cooling and electric car charging for offgrid from Insight 2 anywhere!  It has all of the digital/analog inputs and outputs.
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  • HorseflyHorsefly Registered Users Posts: 318 ✭✭✭✭
    Hey Dave - I'm not sure if you can say, but is the Gateway a kind of upgrade to the COMBOX?  Are there some things you can do with the COMBOX that can't be done with the Gateway, e.g. firmware upgrades?

    I was tentatively planning on adding a COMBOX to our system next summer, but if the Gateway already has WiFi and can do the same things, I might reconsider (although I guess the price might enter into my decision).
    Off-grid cabin: 6 x Canadian Solar CSK-280M PV panels, Schneider XW-MPPT60-150 Charge Controller, Schneider CSW4024 Inverter/Charger, Schneider SCP, 4 x Vmax XTR12-155 12V, 155AH batteries in a 2x2 24V 310AH bank.
  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 4,126 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November 17 #8
    The combox is pretty inexpensive these days. The difference is Schneider or someone like me can troubleshoot your system, do remote firmware upgrades, and home automation with wifi built-in. Because of the intense security built-in, gateway does not need an ISP to port forward for programming a system remotely. I can't think of anything that the gateway can't do better than combox. Believe me, I am looking and comparing both ;)

    You are right I can't say on the pricing but it definitely will be more just for the hardware. The engineering has to pay-off also for the shareholders to be happy.

    The XW pro also has higher rated components which will cost more.

    Overview

    Why choose Conext XW Pro 120/240V

    Higher return on investment

    • Rule 21 compliant with ongoing developments to meet evolving utility requirements in North America

    Designed for reliability

    • Extensive quality and reliability testing
    • Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT)
    • Globally proven and recognized field performance

    Flexible

    • Single or three phase systems from 6.0 kW to 76.5 kW
    • Supports DC coupled and AC coupled off-grid and grid-tie architectures
    • Supports charging of Lithium Ion battery packs

    Easy to service

    • Monitor, troubleshoot or upgrade firmware with the ConextTM Gateway and the ConextTM Insight 2
    • Global support and training
    • Field serviceable with replacement boards and spare parts

    Easy to install

    • Configures quickly using ConextTM Gateway and the ConextTM Insight 2
    • System configures quickly into compact wall-mounted system
    • Integrates both grid and generator power with dual AC inputs
    • Available in pre-wired system with low voltage and high voltage MPPT battery charging systems

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  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 8,011 ✭✭✭✭
    ..... I can't think of anything that the gateway can't do better than combox. Believe me, I am looking and comparing both ;) 
    Either someone poked both your eyes out, or Schneider has a new product they call a gateway also. I have a Xantrex gateway from the early 2000 era.  It was pretty lame, and made me quite wary of the combox.  The old gateway worked with a yahoo widget (no longer supported)
    Powerfab top of pole PV mount | Listeroid 6/1 w/st5 gen head | XW6048 inverter/chgr | Iota 48V/15A charger | Morningstar 60A MPPT | 48V, 800A NiFe Battery (in series)| 15, Evergreen 205w "12V" PV array on pole | Midnight ePanel | Grundfos 10 SO5-9 with 3 wire Franklin Electric motor (1/2hp 240V 1ph ) on a timer for 3 hr noontime run - Runs off PV ||
    || Midnight Classic 200 | 10, Evergreen 200w in a 160VOC array ||
    || VEC1093 12V Charger | Maha C401 aa/aaa Charger | SureSine | Sunsaver MPPT 15A

    solar: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Solar
    gen: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Lister ,

  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 4,126 ✭✭✭✭
    My eyes are fine Mike. I do agree about the old xantrex gateway and I still have a few of them also. Someone actually bought one from me for a legacy system. They liked it....

    If you go back a few in this thread (#3) there is a picture of the New Conext Gateway.
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  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 4,126 ✭✭✭✭
    Here is a peak at the dashboard on a good day after 4 inches of rain. There is more firmware coming but it is getting close to done.
    see any errors?

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  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 8,011 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November 26 #12
    I'd show the batteries connected to the epanel, not the solar DC bus

    I don't see direction arrows as to which way power is flowing

    A neat feature would be to have a 5 bar battery graph of state of charge, in the battery icon, instead if it looking like a file folder

    Icon colors could change if there is a fault with that subsystem
    Powerfab top of pole PV mount | Listeroid 6/1 w/st5 gen head | XW6048 inverter/chgr | Iota 48V/15A charger | Morningstar 60A MPPT | 48V, 800A NiFe Battery (in series)| 15, Evergreen 205w "12V" PV array on pole | Midnight ePanel | Grundfos 10 SO5-9 with 3 wire Franklin Electric motor (1/2hp 240V 1ph ) on a timer for 3 hr noontime run - Runs off PV ||
    || Midnight Classic 200 | 10, Evergreen 200w in a 160VOC array ||
    || VEC1093 12V Charger | Maha C401 aa/aaa Charger | SureSine | Sunsaver MPPT 15A

    solar: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Solar
    gen: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Lister ,

  • EstragonEstragon Registered Users Posts: 3,016 ✭✭✭✭✭
    609w going into inverter from DC, plus 1w coming from grid = 656w AC out to loads?  Pretty neat if the inverter adds 46w?  

    Or maybe I'm misunderstanding what it's saying?
    Off-grid.  
    Main daytime system ~4kw panels into 2xMNClassic150 370ah 48v bank 2xOutback 3548 inverter 120v + 240v autotransformer
    Night system ~1kw panels into 1xMNClassic150 700ah 12v bank morningstar 300w inverter
  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 4,126 ✭✭✭✭
    Not sure what you mean by e-panel? DC bus?  For rule 21 they need to show power into inverter (new) and battery.
    Yes the direction arrows have been put on the next revision.
    The state of charge, current and temp are also going to be added on dashboard as they were on combox.
    The colors of the devices do change if there is a fault or warning as combox did. Yellow for warning and red for fault.

    Thanks for the feedback Mike. There are a few more though....
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  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 8,011 ✭✭✭✭
    e-panel
     Big wiring box containing the DC & AC feeds and breakers, where the battery bus wires to the Solar & Inverter.    Sort of an extension of the inverter, but I don't think the inverter has enough terminals to attach the external stuff to.   epanel is all passive

    my e-panel has the in / out breakers for both PV controllers, a generator lock-out breaker/transfer switch, main 250A breaker for the inverter, sort of Grand Central Station for all the wires, with a AC side and DC side
    Powerfab top of pole PV mount | Listeroid 6/1 w/st5 gen head | XW6048 inverter/chgr | Iota 48V/15A charger | Morningstar 60A MPPT | 48V, 800A NiFe Battery (in series)| 15, Evergreen 205w "12V" PV array on pole | Midnight ePanel | Grundfos 10 SO5-9 with 3 wire Franklin Electric motor (1/2hp 240V 1ph ) on a timer for 3 hr noontime run - Runs off PV ||
    || Midnight Classic 200 | 10, Evergreen 200w in a 160VOC array ||
    || VEC1093 12V Charger | Maha C401 aa/aaa Charger | SureSine | Sunsaver MPPT 15A

    solar: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Solar
    gen: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Lister ,

  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 4,126 ✭✭✭✭
    It is called the power distribution panel from when xantrex designed the xw. There is now the mini distribution panel that Schneider made for those wanting to save space in single inverter systems. Both are available and make an install clean. 
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  • fowlerrudifowlerrudi Solar Expert Posts: 37 ✭✭
    I've got an awful itch for this thing.  All out current customers use a combox and controlling the system is a huge curse.  We used to use teamviewer and an on site Raspberry pi that we would log into.  Now we have a developer that made us a script that will have the raspberry forward the local combox data out to an AWS server which will then put it to a website for us.  With all the satellite internet installs and double NATing, port forwarding is near impossible with it, but our work around works.  To omit the raspberry pi, teamviewer, Amazon server subscription, will be a blessing.  On my personal system I am planning on using "opportunity load" to have 'available solar' during solar happy hour, automatically modulate a variable speed water to water geothermal heat pump which will store energy in my 1000 gallon storage tank for use in heating our infloor heating system.  That's the dream anyway!  It fizzes me when my battery is full, the house loads are satisfied, and I have 8 kw of solar sitting there doing nothing while I burn 9 cord of wood each winter!  I was planning on building a solar sensor to interface with an arduino as well as scrape data from an existing combox in order to dictate the geothermal output.  They should have sent me one of these to test this!  Oh well.  Hopefully it will be awesome.  I sent an email a few years back with a wishlist to Schneider electric but never heard back from them; this was one of the features that was on the tall order side of things.
  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 4,126 ✭✭✭✭
    fowlerrudi   have you tried combox on Insight 1? Insight 1 is monitor only.

    Conext gateway will have Insight 2 which will allow you to make changes and monitor. Quite a few other things as well.
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  • fowlerrudifowlerrudi Solar Expert Posts: 37 ✭✭
    Yes, we have all the customers on insight, but it is read only.
  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 4,126 ✭✭✭✭
    When I do this now, I use a cell into combox and it works very well read/write.

    Another thing new for XW pro will be charging based on Soc both grid and for genset.

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  • Graham ParkinsonGraham Parkinson Registered Users Posts: 40 ✭✭

    Sounds good Dave! 

    XWPro SoC charging is based on .... ???   i.e. SoC only via Canbus from a capable battery such as a Discover battery?

    Gather the Gateway's "wireless connectivity" is along the lines of it being a WiFi client, not as a router or LTE modem.  So for offgrid, off net location - something like a Peplink LTE router/modem (or just a dedicated old smartphone on a wall wart acting as WiFi hotspot?) is needed eh?

    Perhaps another reason to upgrade that tired old phone that still just keeps working (mostly).

    Offgrid Islanders



  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 8,011 ✭✭✭✭
    Here's another suggestion for error reporting
     Log and display the comm errors for the insite service   In the combox, the error log accumulates and eventually fills all space and then it crashes.  Don't let them do the same with the gateway   Insite push should default to OFF
    Powerfab top of pole PV mount | Listeroid 6/1 w/st5 gen head | XW6048 inverter/chgr | Iota 48V/15A charger | Morningstar 60A MPPT | 48V, 800A NiFe Battery (in series)| 15, Evergreen 205w "12V" PV array on pole | Midnight ePanel | Grundfos 10 SO5-9 with 3 wire Franklin Electric motor (1/2hp 240V 1ph ) on a timer for 3 hr noontime run - Runs off PV ||
    || Midnight Classic 200 | 10, Evergreen 200w in a 160VOC array ||
    || VEC1093 12V Charger | Maha C401 aa/aaa Charger | SureSine | Sunsaver MPPT 15A

    solar: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Solar
    gen: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Lister ,

  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 4,126 ✭✭✭✭
    Explain more please Mike!  I have never seen what you are describing in over 50 systems I monitor occasionally and some all the time.

    To get combox to push now it has to be enabled. The gateway has places to shut down the wifi or the LAN, enable data push only or allow remote diagnostics.

    I am not sure what the defaults will be as Insight2 is still evolving for micro grid. Should know soon though.

    "we go where power lines don't" Sierra Mountains near Mariposa/Yosemite CA
     http://members.sti.net/offgridsolar/
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  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 8,011 ✭✭✭✭
    Explain more please Mike!  I have never seen what you are describing in over 50 systems I monitor occasionally and some all the time.
    Because all your systems are wired to internet, you don't see this error.   The system defaults to push data, and when the push fails, an error log is silently generated. Eventually, this fills the flash memory and the system locks up, stops logging, communicating (but at least inverting still goes on)    one thing that happens is .AES files are generated, after a couple thousand of them the root of the SD card fills up and it's locked up too.
      "Make sure the "Enable Data Push To Conext Insight" is UNCHECKED " 


    Powerfab top of pole PV mount | Listeroid 6/1 w/st5 gen head | XW6048 inverter/chgr | Iota 48V/15A charger | Morningstar 60A MPPT | 48V, 800A NiFe Battery (in series)| 15, Evergreen 205w "12V" PV array on pole | Midnight ePanel | Grundfos 10 SO5-9 with 3 wire Franklin Electric motor (1/2hp 240V 1ph ) on a timer for 3 hr noontime run - Runs off PV ||
    || Midnight Classic 200 | 10, Evergreen 200w in a 160VOC array ||
    || VEC1093 12V Charger | Maha C401 aa/aaa Charger | SureSine | Sunsaver MPPT 15A

    solar: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Solar
    gen: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Lister ,

  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 4,126 ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 11 #25
    I will mention it but I believe you are wrong on the default.  Maybe in old firmware it did, but not anything in the last 3 years on combox.
    Many of my systems I watch are cell or hughs net. 

    Thanks, it looks to me that the gateway can't do what you did when you had your problem. Firmware needs to be correct for settings to work. I tell my clients to keep a log for any changes they make because in the end, they are the ones responsible.



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     http://members.sti.net/offgridsolar/
    E-mail [email protected]

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