Morningstar pwm

mountainmanmountainman Registered Users Posts: 439 ✭✭
I see Morningstar 45 amp and 60 amp 
Pwm controllers. That look like the mppt
Controller. But a friend of mine said he has a Morningstar TriStar 30 amp pwm. Has anyone heard of these? I can't find one listed anywhere
The one Im asking about looks like this.


2kw array 6 345 q cells  make sky blue 60 cc
 6 230ah GC @36 volts 
18 amp accusense charger. 3650 champion 

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  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 9,462 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 2020 #2
    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 ||
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  • BB.BB. Super Moderators, Administrators Posts: 32,212 admin
    Yes, MorningStar still has the Tristar MPPT 30 Amp unit. Here is our host's listing:

    https://www.solar-electric.com/morningstar-tristar-ts-mppt-30.html

    -Bill
    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • mountainmanmountainman Registered Users Posts: 439 ✭✭
    So they never made a 30 amp pwm. Like the one in the pic?
    2kw array 6 345 q cells  make sky blue 60 cc
     6 230ah GC @36 volts 
    18 amp accusense charger. 3650 champion 
  • EstragonEstragon Registered Users Posts: 4,495 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I wouldn't be shocked to learn someone other than Morningstar made a 30a that looks like MS made it.  I've seen other knock off gear whose makers weren't shy about blatently copying.
    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
  • BB.BB. Super Moderators, Administrators Posts: 32,212 admin
    I am sorry, I missed read your post... You looking for a PWM 30 amp version.

    -Bill
    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • mountainmanmountainman Registered Users Posts: 439 ✭✭
    Looks identical to a 45 tristar pwm even has all the Morningstar labels  but with 30 amp?
    2kw array 6 345 q cells  make sky blue 60 cc
     6 230ah GC @36 volts 
    18 amp accusense charger. 3650 champion 
  • mountainmanmountainman Registered Users Posts: 439 ✭✭
    A bit off topic.  with 100f temperature
    What would you recommend as the lowest vmp voltage to charge a 24 volt battery using pwm?
    2kw array 6 345 q cells  make sky blue 60 cc
     6 230ah GC @36 volts 
    18 amp accusense charger. 3650 champion 
  • mountainmanmountainman Registered Users Posts: 439 ✭✭

    2kw array 6 345 q cells  make sky blue 60 cc
     6 230ah GC @36 volts 
    18 amp accusense charger. 3650 champion 
  • mountainmanmountainman Registered Users Posts: 439 ✭✭
    Im guessing since 12 volt panels are 17-18 vmp. Then would it be  34-36 for a 24 volt battery? Anyone.
    2kw array 6 345 q cells  make sky blue 60 cc
     6 230ah GC @36 volts 
    18 amp accusense charger. 3650 champion 
  • mcgivormcgivor Solar Expert Posts: 3,854 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Im guessing since 12 volt panels are 17-18 vmp. Then would it be  34-36 for a 24 volt battery? Anyone.


    That's correct for lead acid batteries they need a VMP higher than the maximum battery voltage required  to enable current to flow, at higher battery temperatures the voltages required would be lower unfortunately so is the PVvoltage in high ambient temperatures, this is why 72 cell are recommended as the 60 cell panels are marginal, especially with FLA where equalization may be required.

    The Morningstar string calculator will clarify this if 60 cell panels are input for a 24V nominal system, however they don't include battery chemistry into the calculation. With LFP the story is not the same, 60 cell panels would work just fine since the voltage required is lower and there is no need for equalization . Perhaps thy should update the calculator to include this,  then the use of AGM, which don't need EQ may allow their use. This was a mistake I made in the beginning, although my observations were that it can work, but I did change to MPPT for the 60 cell and use 72 with the PWM.
    1500W, 6× Schutten 250W Poly panels , Schneider MPPT 60 150 CC, Schneider SW 2524 inverter, 400Ah LFP 24V nominal battery with Battery Bodyguard BMS 
    Second system 1890W  3 × 300W No name brand poly, 3×330 Sunsolar Poly panels, Morningstar TS 60 PWM controller, no name 2000W inverter 400Ah LFP 24V nominal battery with Daly BMS, used for water pumping and day time air conditioning.  
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  • littleharbor2littleharbor2 Solar Expert Posts: 1,639 ✭✭✭✭
    edited April 2020 #12

    Estragon said:
    I wouldn't be shocked to learn someone other than Morningstar made a 30a that looks like MS made it.  I've seen other knock off gear whose makers weren't shy about blatently copying.
     Look up Fangpusun. They have cloned many Outback, Victron and many other higher end solar products.

    2.1 Kw Suntech 175 mono, Classic 200, Trace SW 4024 ( 15 years old  but brand new out of sealed factory box Jan. 2015), Bogart Tri-metric, 540 ah @24 volt AGM battery bank. Plenty of Baja Sea of Cortez sunshine.

  • mountainmanmountainman Registered Users Posts: 439 ✭✭
    Fangpusun said that this is no longer available. So probably a knock off.
    2kw array 6 345 q cells  make sky blue 60 cc
     6 230ah GC @36 volts 
    18 amp accusense charger. 3650 champion 
  • mountainmanmountainman Registered Users Posts: 439 ✭✭
    Was speaking of a 30 amp pwm Tristar
    2kw array 6 345 q cells  make sky blue 60 cc
     6 230ah GC @36 volts 
    18 amp accusense charger. 3650 champion 
  • mcgivormcgivor Solar Expert Posts: 3,854 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 2020 #16
    Was speaking of a 30 amp pwm Tristar
    No such thing,  only  45 and 60A,  30A TriStar is MPPT, the 30A PWM is Proscar which looks completely different.
     
    1500W, 6× Schutten 250W Poly panels , Schneider MPPT 60 150 CC, Schneider SW 2524 inverter, 400Ah LFP 24V nominal battery with Battery Bodyguard BMS 
    Second system 1890W  3 × 300W No name brand poly, 3×330 Sunsolar Poly panels, Morningstar TS 60 PWM controller, no name 2000W inverter 400Ah LFP 24V nominal battery with Daly BMS, used for water pumping and day time air conditioning.  
    5Kw Yanmar clone single cylinder air cooled diesel generator for rare emergency charging and welding.
  • mountainmanmountainman Registered Users Posts: 439 ✭✭
    That's what I was thinking my friend must be mistaken about what he has.
    2kw array 6 345 q cells  make sky blue 60 cc
     6 230ah GC @36 volts 
    18 amp accusense charger. 3650 champion 
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