Looking for Busbars for a LiFePO4 battery bank
Dusty Solar Expert Posts: 271 ✭✭✭
edited August 2018 in Grid Tie and Grid Interactive Systems #1
I've been looking at BMS-controlled LiFePO4 batteries to replace my AGM battery bank when the time comes, and the battery mfrs stress the importance of every parallel battery cable being the exact same length as the others. So, I plan to use a positive and negative busbar that will allow me to combine the outputs of the batteries and ensure that each battery's pos. and neg. cables are identical length.
The mfr recommends at least #4 wire from each battery, and I intend to use #2 with or without lugs on the busbar side. But the input to the XW4048 is 4/0 lugged wire, so the busbar has to be able to incorporate that. The busbars I've seen on NAWS don't appear to support a wide enough range of cable gauges.
The problem I'm having is finding code compliant, covered, 8-stud busbars with 3/8" studs (the maximum # of batteries that will fit in my enclosure is 6).
My battery enclosure is 42"L x 18"D x 26"H, so the busbars need to be small enough to fit in that enclosure. The XW 6048 is mounted to the side of this enclosure, so the busbars cannot be outside of it. The batteries will be in two rows of 3 at the bottom of the enclosure, and there is room above the batteries for the busbars.
If anyone has set up a similar LiFePO4 battery bank, would you please provide where you got the busbars? Thanks!
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