Trace, SW4024/NorthernLights sudden incompatability

WishiknewWishiknew Registered Users, Users Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 1
Thoughts, anyone?
I'm stumped that my Trace, SW 4024 inverter/battery charger that has been working perfectly (for the last 20(!) years) with my old Northern LIghts 8KW Marine Generator, should suddenly start rejecting the output signal  from the latter and is no longer able to "synch up" with the generator in order to charge my batteries.  What's most curious is that both the generator and the inverter seem to work perfectly, as expected, when asked to perform independently of the other. That is to say, the generator runs other inverters and high loads and the inverter will synch up and run off of other generators as well as the grid (shore Power) when asked to do so, but for some reason both seem to be suddenly incompatible when hooked up together.
I'd appreciate any indulgence.
Nick

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  • VicVic Solar Expert Posts: 3,113 ✭✭✭✭
    Hi wishi..,    Welcome to the Forum.

    Usually,  the first thing to suspect when an inverter will not accept a traditional genset's output,  is the genset's AC frequency.  Next,  might be the genset's output voltage is outside the qualification window (think that the voltage range is a Setting on the T SW).

    You might try placing some load on the genset's AC output  --  anything from a incandescent lamp (100-ish watts),  to a small portable heater, set to the lowest watt value.

    The SW should  flash the AC2 light during the time that it is qualifying the genset's output  ...  is this happening?

    Have you measured the AC2 terminals on the SW,   is there a reasonable voltage value there?   There is usually a voltage adjust provision on the genset.

    Have never needed to do this,  but you could try shutting the inverter OFF,   open the Main battery breaker to the SW   ...   wait 5-10 minutes,   and try again.

    Just to get the ball rolling,   Good Luck,  Vic
    Off Grid - Two systems -- 4 SW+ 5548 Inverters, Surrette 4KS25 1280 AH [email protected], 11.1 KW STC PV, 4X MidNite Classic 150 w/ WBjrs, Beta KID on S-530s, MX-60s, MN Bkrs/Boxes.  25 KVA Polyphase Kubota diesel,  Honda Eu6500isa,  Eu3000is-es, Eu2000,  Eu1000 gensets.  Thanks Wind-Sun for this great Forum.
  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 9,363 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Agree, it's often the generator is just a hair out of spec, and inverter won't qualify it.  A load 100- 500w will usually let it sync, and once the inverter qualifies it, you remove the bootstrap load
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  • RCinFLARCinFLA Solar Expert Posts: 1,399 ✭✭✭✭
    edited September 3 #4
    Beside already mentioned, generator rpm govenor control must be stable. Sometimes just a dirty air filter is enough to cause some fluxuation (listen for wah-wah sound variation) in rpm control.  Inverter will not lock onto a generator that has too much rpm fluxuation due to unstable govenor speed control.  Phase lock bandwidth is much tighter then absolute frequency range tolerance.
  • VicVic Solar Expert Posts: 3,113 ✭✭✭✭
    RCinFLA said:
    Beside already mentioned, generator rpm govenor control must be stable. Sometimes just a dirty air filter is enough to cause some fluxuation (listen for wah-wah sound variation) in rpm control.  Inverter will not lock onto a generator that has too much rpm fluxuation due to unstable govenor speed control.  Phase lock bandwidth is much tighter then absolute frequency range tolerance.
    Thank you,  RC,  for your refinement.   Not just the genset AC output frequency,  but also the variation in its frequency.

    Thanks again,  Vic
    Off Grid - Two systems -- 4 SW+ 5548 Inverters, Surrette 4KS25 1280 AH [email protected], 11.1 KW STC PV, 4X MidNite Classic 150 w/ WBjrs, Beta KID on S-530s, MX-60s, MN Bkrs/Boxes.  25 KVA Polyphase Kubota diesel,  Honda Eu6500isa,  Eu3000is-es, Eu2000,  Eu1000 gensets.  Thanks Wind-Sun for this great Forum.
  • m151m151 Registered Users Posts: 30 ✭✭
    20 years on a Trace, not that uncommon. Note to China: Copy this one!
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