2 About This Guide 2 About This Guide This user guide is intended for Photovoltaic (PV) system owners, installers, technicians, maintainers, administrators, and integrators who are authorized to configure the SolarEdge power harvesting system. This guide describes how to use the SolarEdge Configuration Tool that runs in a standard Windows GUI, to configure SolarEdge site-specific parameters, and to display and troubleshoot site-specific issues. This guide assumes that you have read the SolarEdge Installation Guide. The guide includes the following chapters: Chapter 1, Introduction, on page 8, introduces the SolarEdge Configuration Tool and describes the workflow for installing and using this software application. This chapter also provides an overview of the user interface. Chapter 2, Configuring an Inverter, on page 18, describes each of the configuration tabs provided in the Configuration Tool. Chapter 3, Setting Up Multiple Inverters, on page 38, describes how to set up multiple Inverters in a Master/Slave configuration.
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4 4 Table of Contents Table of Contents About This Guide... 2 Important Notice... 3 Exclusion of Liability... 3 Table of Contents... 4 List of Figures... 5 Support and Contact Information... 6 Chapter Introduction... 8 What is the Configuration Tool?... 8 Installing the SolarEdge Configuration Tool... 9 Setting Up the Connection to the Inverter... 9 Starting the Configuration Tool Defining COM Port to Inverter Redefining the COM Port Connecting to the Inverter Main Window Inverter List Configuration Tool Tabs System Specifications Section Settings Section Chapter Configuring an Inverter Communication Settings Communication Dataflow Communications Settings Tab RS232 Status RS485 Status ZigBee Status LAN Status Server Connection Status Inter-Inverter Comm Status Regional Settings Optimizers Data... 31
5 List of Figures 5 Adding an Optimizer Firmware Upgrade Miscellaneous Setting the Real-Time Clock Chapter Setting Up Multiple Inverters Master/Slave Configuration Appendix A Verifying the RS-232 COM Port Verifying the RS-232 Port List of Figures Figure 1: Inverter Connectors Figure 2: Selecting the COM Port Figure 3: The Configuration Tool Main Window Figure 4: Communication Settings Sub-Tab Figure 5: RS232 Regular Communication Figure 6: RS232 GSM Communication Figure 7: RS485 Settings Figure 8: ZigBee Enabled Figure 9: LAN Settings when DHCP Disabled Figure 10: Ping Test Figure 11: Server Connection Settings Figure 12: Inter-Inverter Communication Settings Figure 13: Regional Settings Sub-Tab Figure 14: Optimizers Data Tab Figure 15: Adding an optimizer Figure 16: Firmware Upgrade Sub-Tab Figure 17: Miscellaneous Sub-Tab Figure 18: Setting Real-Time Clock Figure 19: Example of RS485 Bus Connection... 38
6 6 Support and Contact Information Support and Contact Information If you have technical problems concerning our products, contact us at: US & Canada Germany France Belgium (Free Local Number) (Free Local Number) Italy United Kingdom (Free Local Number) (Free Local Number) Israel Australia (Free Local Number) Alternatively, you can click the Support option on the toolbar of the Configuration Tool s main window, and click the Contact Us button to automatically create a support report for the SolarEdge support team. In this case, your client is opened with SolarEdge Support as the recipient. From the window that opens, you can either click Send to save the relevant site information in a textual.dat file, and send it to SolarEdge, or you can click Save to save it to the.dat file, for sending at a later time. This file includes various details about your installation, including all the serial numbers of the Inverters and Optimizers at the site, how the Inverters are configured, and a snapshot of the module level monitoring data. This information is in text format, enabling you to review it before sending it. These details help the SolarEdge support team diagnose the installation and provide site-specific troubleshooting information.
7 Support and Contact Information 7 If you do not use the Support option described above, before contacting SolarEdge, collect the following information: Inverter and Optimizer types, serial number(s) of the relevant Inverter(s) and Optimizer(es) in question, the error indicated on the Inverter screen or on the SolarEdge Monitoring Portal, System configuration information (including the type and number of modules connected, and the number and length of strings), and the communication method to the SolarEdge server.
8 8 Introduction Chapter 1 Introduction What is the Configuration Tool? The SolarEdge Configuration Tool is a software application that enables you to configure SolarEdge site-specific parameters and to display and troubleshoot site-specific issues. The Configuration Tool provides a standard Windows GUI that can be accessed by connecting a computer or laptop to the Inverter through its RS-232 connector. The Configuration Tool enables you to define various kinds of installation site-specific parameters, such as: The country s grid power specifications of the installation site The Inverter communication option used to interact with the SolarEdge Monitoring server The Inverter s status and Master/Slave configuration The firmware versions installed on the Inverter The Configuration Tool also enables you to easily display and verify various site parameters, such as the Inverters and Optimizers serial numbers and power outputs. The SolarEdge Configuration Tool provides several additional options that are not accessible using the LCD panel, such as enabling a firmware upgrade of the Inverter and retrieval of a list of the serial numbers of the Optimizers connected to the Inverter.
9 Introduction 9 Installing the SolarEdge Configuration Tool To install the SolarEdge Configuration Tool: 1 Download the application from the SolarEdge website (see the following procedure) or drag the InConfTool folder from the supplied CD on to your computer. 2 Double-click the setup.exe installation file and follow the steps in the Setup Wizard. To download the application from the SolarEdge website: 1 On your browser, navigate to and click the Downloads link. 2 In the Downloads tab, in Categories, select Software Tools. 3 In the drop-down list on the bottom of the page, select SolarEdge Inverter Configuration Tool Software Download. 4 From the File Download dialog box that opens, download the file. Setting Up the Connection to the Inverter Any standard laptop or PC can be used to run the SolarEdge Configuration Tool. To do so, it must be connected to the Inverter. If you are connecting multiple Inverters (refer to Chapter 3, Setting Up Multiple Inverters on page 38), you can connect the PC either to a Slave Inverter or to the Master Inverter.
10 10 Introduction NOTE: At any time, you can connect a standard PC or computer to the Inverter without turning it off, in order to display general information about the Inverter(s) and the Optimizers to which it is connected at the site. However, be aware that changing parameters or firmware, results in the Configuration Tool shutting off and restarting the Inverter. To connect to the Inverter: 1 Connect the Inverter s RS-232 connector to a laptop or personal computer (PC). If the computer does not have an RS-232 connector, you can use an RS-232/USB adapter. ON/OFF Switch RS232 Figure 1: Inverter Connectors Starting the Configuration Tool To launch the Configuration Tool: Double-click the SolarEdge Configuration Tool icon.
11 Introduction 11 Defining COM Port to Inverter The first time that you launch the Configuration Tool, the Connect to Device window opens. Figure 2: Selecting the COM Port In this window, you must specify the COM port through which the computer is to communicate with the Inverter. To do so, you must verify the RS-232 COM port on your computer. Instructions are provided in Appendix A, Verifying the RS-232 COM Port, on page 41. Selecting the Show on Startup checkbox causes subsequent launches of the Configuration Tool to view this window upon startup, without having to select the Connect button. Redefining the COM Port At any time, you can change the COM port through which the computer connects to the Inverter. To redefine the COM port through which the computer connects: On the toolbar, select the Options to Device window (see Figure 2). button to redisplay the Connect
12 12 Introduction Connecting to the Inverter When the computer is not connected to the Inverter, the CONNECTION STATUS displayed in the toolbar becomes OFFLINE. In this case, you can connect the computer to the Inverter through the predefined COM port. To connect to the Inverter: In the Configuration Tool main window, in the toolbar, click the Connect button. The Connect button changes to Disconnect and the CONNECTION STATUS displayed in the toolbar becomes ONLINE. Main Window After the Configuration Tool is launched and connected, the Main Window displays the Inverter Information. Toolbar Configuration Tool Tabs Selected Inverter Configuration Workspace Inverter List Figure 3: The Configuration Tool Main Window
13 Introduction 13 The Main Window is comprised of the following areas: Inverter List (see page 13) Configuration Tool Tabs (see page 13) Toolbar (see page 14) Configuration Workspace, which contains the following three sections: System Specifications (see page 15) Settings (see page 15) Inverter LCD display bottom pane (see page 16) Inverter List The Inverter List displays a list of the Inverters to which the Configuration Tool is connected, as well as each one's serial number. Selecting an Inverter in this list displays its information in the Configuration Workspace and enables you to configure it. If the installation site has more than one Inverter, the Slave Inverters are connected to the Master Inverter in a bus through their RS485 connectors.. The Inverter List indicates which Inverter is the Master by displaying an (M) next to its serial number. The laptop or PC on which the Configuration Tool is installed must be connected to one of the Inverters. Configuration Tool Tabs There are four Configuration Tool tabs, which enable viewing the status of the Inverter and configuring its parameters. Two of the tabs each contain two sub-tabs. The information in these tabs/sub-tabs is described in Table 1. Table 1: Configuration Tabs Tab Sub-Tab Status Displays general information about the selected Inverter; its parameters are not editable. For more information, refer to page Error! Bookmark not
14 14 Introduction Tab Sub-Tab Settings Optimizers Data Tools Communication Settings Regional Settings Firmware Upgrade Miscellaneous Toolbar defined.. Displays information about the communication method used to transfer SolarEdge site information to the SolarEdge Monitoring Portal. For more information, refer to page 18. Displays various aspects (such as power and language) of the Inverter that relate to the country in which it is installed. For more information, refer to page 29. Displays information about the Optimizers connected to the selected Inverter. For more information, refer to page 31. Enables you to upgrade the firmware of the CPU, DSP1, and/or DSP2 versions. For more information, refer to page Error! Bookmark not defined.. Enables you to set the RTC and to enable/disable power balancing. For more information, refer to page 36. Table 2 describes the Configuration Tool toolbar buttons. Table 2: Toolbar Buttons Button Function Connects the computer to the Inverter through the defined COM port. Refer to the Connecting to the Inverter section on page 12 for more information. Refreshes the currently displayed information on the Configuration Tool screen, by reading the current data from the Inverter. Displays a window which describes how to contact SolarEdge support. Refer to the Error! Reference source not found. section on page Error! Bookmark not defined. for more information.
15 Introduction 15 Button Function Enables you to redefine the COM port through which the computer connects. Refer to the Defining the COM Port to the Inverter section on page 11 for more information. Exits the Configuration Tool application. Make sure to save all changes before exiting. Before disconnecting the Inverter, make sure that you have saved all changes and exited the Configuration Tool application. System Specifications Section Error! Reference source not found. describes the parameters in the ystem Specifications section. Table 3: System Specifications Parameters Parameter Inverter Model Inverter ID CPU Version DSP1 Version DSP2 Version Specifies the model number of the Inverter; for example, SE3300, SE4000, and SE5000. Specifies the serial number of the Inverter. This serial number appears on the sticker on the side of the Inverter. The Inverter serial number is also indicated on the warranty card that is provided with the Inverter. Specifies the firmware version of the Inverter s CPU. Specifies the firmware version of the Inverter s DSP1. Specifies the firmware version of the Inverter s DSP2. Settings Section The following are the fields in the Settings section. Table 4: Settings Section Parameters Parameter Language Specifies the language of the Inverter interface. This is the language of the Inverter LCD panel display. The language can be changed in the Regional Settings tab, as described in the Regional Settings section on page 29.
16 16 Introduction Parameter Country Server Config Inter-Inverter Config Specifies the country for which the Inverter is configured. This determines the electrical specifications of the Inverter. The Country configuration can be changed in the Regional Settings tab, as described in the Regional Settings section on page 29. Specifies the communication method used to transfer the monitored information from the Inverter to the SolarEdge Monitoring Server. Available communication methods are: None Specifies that the Inverter is not configured to communicate with the SolarEdge Monitoring Server. TCP (Ethernet) Specifies that the Inverter is connected directly to a LAN. RS485 Specifies that the Inverter is connected directly to a LAN. RS232 (UART) Specifies that the Inverter is connected to an external modem through the RS-232 port. ZigBee Specifies that this Inverter is wirelessly connected to an external ZigBee modem or Master modem for outputting monitoring data. For more information, refer to the Communication Tab section on page 19. When more than one Inverter is connected at a site, you can connect the Inverters with a bus connection. This parameter specifies the bus connection, such as RS485, and whether this Inverter is a Slave or a Master. Refer to Chapter 4, Setting Up Multiple Inverters on page 38 for more information. Inverter LCD Display The bottom pane of the Main Window displays the LCD button, LCD display, and LEDS that are displayed on the Inverter front panel. It enables you to remotely view the Inverter panel display. Table 5: Inverter LCD Display Features Feature LCD green button The Inverter displays a number of different screens. Pressing this button scrolls through the screens of the Inverter.
17 Introduction 17 Feature LCD display LEDS: Power Production, Module Communication, and Fault Update Panel Displays the screen that is currently on the Inverter LCD display. These are the LEDS on the Inverter front panel; they show the current status of the Inverter. As the parameters of the Inverter are constantly changing, the LCD displays are also constantly changing. Selecting this checkbox displays on the Main Window, the most updated LCD display. Clearing this checkbox freezes the LCD display.
18 18 Configuring an Inverter Chapter 2 Configuring an Inverter Communication Settings Communication Dataflow The SolarEdge site information can be accessed remotely using the SolarEdge Monitoring Portal, as described in the SolarEdge Monitoring Portal User Guide. In order to transfer monitoring data from a SolarEdge site to the SolarEdge Monitoring Portal, a communication connection must be set up, as described below. Communication setup is not required for power harvesting. Optimizers send information to the SolarEdge Inverter via DC lines. No added wires or configuration are required for this purpose. The Inverter sends this information to the SolarEdge Monitoring Server through the Internet. For more information about installation and connection, refer to the SolarEdge Installation Guide.
19 Configuring an Inverter 19 Communications Settings Tab The Communication Settings tab is opened from the Settings tab in the Main Window. It enables you to view the communication method used to transfer SolarEdge site information to the SolarEdge Monitoring Portal, and to change it, as required. Figure 4: Communication Settings Sub-Tab The Communications Settings screen displays the current communication settings of the Inverter. Each of the following communication connection settings is displayed on the screen in an individual sub-window: RS232, RS485, ZigBee, LAN, Server Connection, and Inter-Inverter Comm. The Communications Settings screen displays color-coded lines between the sub-windows and system components, which show the status of each communication connection, as follows: Green The interface is on and working well Grey The interface is not being used Red There is an error with the interface
20 20 Configuring an Inverter You can change the settings of any communication connection, by clicking anywhere in its sub-window. This opens up a window for configuring new parameter values for that communication connection. After configuring the settings, you can click the Apply button on the window to upload the new parameters. After the Configuration Tool finishes uploading the parameters to the Inverter, the Inverter automatically shuts down and restarts. The following sections describe the sub-windows in the Communication Settings window, along with their corresponding windows for configuring new parameter settings. RS232 Status Table 6 describes the parameter displayed in the RS232 Status sub-window in the Communication Settings window. Table 6: RS232 Status Parameter Parameter Comm Type Specifies the type of serial communication between the laptop or external modem, and the Inverter. Possible values are: Regular Serial cable connection GSM External serially connected GSM modem Setting the RS232 Parameters Clicking inside the RS232 Status sub-window displays the relevant RS232 Settings screen (regular or GSM). Figure 5: RS232 Regular Communication
21 Configuring an Inverter 21 Figure 6: RS232 GSM Communication Changing the Comm Type value (from Regular to GSM, or vice versa), changes the RS232 Settings screen that appears. The parameters on the window that appear for Comm Type = GSM (see Figure 6) are attainable through your mobile operator. Table 7: RS232 GSM Parameters Parameter Modem Type APN Username, Password Select the make and model of the GSM modem. Type the Access Point Name, which is a GPRS network identifier. Type the username and password for accessing GPRS; these fields must be filled in, only if your carrier policy requires them. RS485 Status Inverters can be connected to each other at a single site through an RS485 bus connection. In this case, one Inverter is the Master, and the remaining Inverters are the Slaves. In this sub-window, you can display the RS485 status of the selected Inverter: Slave the default Master
22 22 Configuring an Inverter Setting the RS485 Parameters Clicking inside the RS485 Status sub-window displays the RS485 Settings window, in which you can change the status of the Inverter from Master to Slave or vice versa, as required. Figure 7: RS485 Settings Refer to Chapter 4, Setting Up Multiple Inverters, on page 38 for more information about defining an Inverter as a Master or Slave. This field has no relationship to the definition of the communication method used to transfer the monitored information from the Inverter to the SolarEdge Monitoring Server, as defined in the Inter-Inverter Comm Status Comm Type field, in the Inter-Inverter Comm Status section. ZigBee Status The ZigBee sub-window displays the ZigBee status of the selected Inverter: Disabled if the ZigBee modem is not installed in the Inverter Master if a ZigBee Coordinator is installed in the Inverter Slave if a ZigBee Slave is installed in the Inverter
23 Configuring an Inverter 23 Setting the ZigBee Parameters Clicking inside the ZigBee Status sub-window displays the relevant ZigBee Settings window. Figure 8: ZigBee Enabled Table 8 describes the parameters of the ZigBee Settings window. Table 8: ZigBee Parameters Parameter Configuration Pan ID Scan Channel Type one of the following: Master if the ZigBee Coordinator is installed in the Inverter Slave if the ZigBee Slave is installed in the Inverter Disabled if the ZigBee modem is not installed in the Inverter For ZigBee enabled, type the external ZigBee modem Personal Area Network ID in hex. This ID differentiates this group from other groups of Inverters that may be installed in the vicinity. For ZigBee disabled, type 0. For ZigBee enabled, select the external modem network channel, in hex. This enables manually checking which of 16 frequencies the ZigBee supports. You can force a specific channel, if required. For ZigBee disabled, type 0. After changing the ZigBee settings, you must click the Apply button, in order to configure the internal parameters to the ZigBee card.
24 24 Configuring an Inverter LAN Status The LAN Status sub-window displays the settings of the communication parameters of the router interface, used to connect the Inverter to the Internet. Table 9 describes these parameters. Table 9: LAN Status Parameters Parameter DHCP IP Subnet Gateway When DHCP is Enabled, the Inverter s IP address has automatically been set by the Internet Gateway, and is displayed in the IP field (the following parameter). When DHCP is Disabled, you have to manually enter a fixed IP address for this Inverter. Displays the current IP address of the Inverter. A router parameter used for connecting to the Internet. A router parameter used for connecting to the Internet. Setting the LAN Parameters Clicking inside the LAN Status sub-window opens the LAN Settings window. Figure 9: LAN Settings when DHCP Disabled If DHCP is Enabled in the Communication Settings window, the Use DHCP checkbox is selected, and the Settings column is disabled.
25 Configuring an Inverter 25 Table 9 describes the parameters of the LAN Settings window Settings column. Table 10: LAN Settings Parameters Parameter Use DHCP Current IP Subnet Mask Default Gateway DNS IP Clear the Use DHCP checkbox to disable DHCP. This opens the LAN Settings window in Figure 9. In this case, you must enter values for the Setting parameters, so that the fixed IP address of the Inverter can be calculated. Select the Use DHCP checkbox to enable DHCP. This disables the Settings column parameters, as the settings are set automatically by the Internet Gateway. This parameter is enabled when DHCP is disabled. Type the value of this router parameter, which is used for connecting to the Internet. This parameter is enabled when DHCP is disabled. Type the subnet mask. This parameter is enabled when DHCP is disabled. Type the IP address of the default gateway This parameter is enabled when DHCP is disabled. Type the IP address of the Domain Name Server Server Connection Status The Server Connection Status sub-window includes: Parameters, which are used to configure the address of the SolarEdge Server. These parameters generally should not be changed. Ping Test button links you to a Ping Test for testing the communication between the Monitoring Server and the Inverter(see following section) Table 11: Server Connection Status Parameters Parameter Address Port Via The address of the Monitoring Server. The port of the Monitoring Server. Specifies the communication method used to transfer the monitored information from the Inverter to the SolarEdge Monitoring Server.
26 26 Configuring an Inverter Performing the Ping Test Clicking the Ping Test button in the Monitor Server Status sub-window, opens the Ping Test window. Figure 10: Ping Test In the Ping Test window, you can set the parameters for the Ping Test, and then perform the test. Table 12: Ping Test Parameters/Buttons Parameter/Button Address [Ping] [Clear] [Cancel] Ping results pane Type the address of the Monitoring Server that is displayed in the Address field in the Monitor Server Status sub-window. Click this button to check the communication between the Server and Inverter. Clears the Ping results pane. Click this button to cancel the Ping Test. Displays a Success message, if the Ping Test results indicate a successful connection between the Monitoring Server and the Inverter; otherwise, it displays a Failure message. NOTE: If your Inverter does not indicate a proper connection to the SolarEdge Server (indicated by S_OK on the Inverter s LCD screen), you can use the Ping option to ping any Internet site in order to verify whether the problem is an Internet connection or configuration problem. If you cannot ping any sites, you should check the IP configuration and your local firewall settings.
27 Configuring an Inverter 27 Setting the Server Connection Parameters Clicking inside the Server Connection Status sub-window opens the Server Connection Settings window. NOTE: Generally, the Server Connection settings should not be changed. Figure 11: Server Connection Settings The Server Connection Settings parameters are defined in Table 13. Table 13: Server Connection Settings Parameters Parameter Address Port Via Type the address of the Monitoring Server. Type the port of the Monitoring Server. Select the communication method used to transfer the monitored information from the Inverter to the SolarEdge Monitoring Server. Available options are: None Specifies that the Inverter is not configured to communicate with the SolarEdge Monitoring Server. Ethernet (TCP) Enables the connection of the Inverter directly to a LAN. RS485 If multiple Inverters are connected through an RS485 bus in a Master/Slave relationship, selecting this option specifies that the Slaves on this bus will output the monitoring data via this RS485.
28 28 Configuring an Inverter Parameter RS232 (UART) Enables the connection of the Inverter to an external modem through the RS-232 port. ZigBee Enables you to specify that this Inverter is wirelessly connected to an external ZigBee modem or a Master modem for outputting monitoring data. Inter-Inverter Comm Status The Configuration Tool is connected either to a Slave Inverter or a Master Inverter. This sub-window displays the logical communication mode between the Master Inverter and Slave Invertors. Also, if the selected Inverter is a Master, you can detect and display all its Slaves in the Inverter List. The parameter and button of this sub-window are described in Table 14. Table 14: Inter-Inverter Comm Status Parameters/Button Parameter/Button Comm Type [Detect Slaves] The logical communication mode between the Master Inverter and Slave Inverters. Click this button to detect all the Slave Inverters connected to the Master Inverter, and to display them and their serial numbers in the Inverter list on the left of the Main Window. The Inverter List indicates the Master Inverter by displaying an (M) next to its serial number. Setting the Inter-Inverter Communication Parameters Clicking inside the Inter-Inverter Comm Status sub-window displays the Inter-Inverter Communication Settings window.
29 Configuring an Inverter 29 Figure 12: Inter-Inverter Communication Settings Table 15 describes the parameters of this window. Table 15: Inter-Inverter Communication Settings Parameters Parameter Comm Type Comm Mode Select the logical communication between the Slave Inverters and the Master Inverter. Possible options are: RS485 ZigBee When Comm Type is ZigBee, enables defining the ZigBee communication mode, as either: Peer to Peer Full Mesh M/S Point-to-point communication (M/S) Regional Settings The Regional Settings sub-tab can be opened from the Settings tab on the Main Window. The Inverter arrives preconfigured in the local language. This window displays the current Inverter values, and enables you to configure various aspects of the Inverter that relate to the country in which the SolarEdge site is installed. Several parameters can be viewed or changed only by certified technicians or SolarEdge personnel.
30 30 Configuring an Inverter Figure 13: Regional Settings Sub-Tab Table 16: Regional Settings Parameters Parameter Language Country DSP1 Parameters [Apply] Select the interface language of the Inverter; this is the language in which the LCD panel of the Inverter is displayed. Select the country for which the Inverter s power parameters are configured. The DSP1 parameters (see following field) are automatically set according to the country that is selected in this field. Specifies the Inverter s power parameters. (Refer to Table 17 for the meanings of these parameters.) These values are set automatically according to the country that is selected in the Country field, as described above. The parameters for each country are specified according to each country s local certification requirements. However, if you get proper authorization from your local grid and code bodies, these parameters can be changed to accommodate different grid parameters. After getting this authorization, contact SolarEdge for instructions on how to change these parameters. Click this button to upload the new Regional parameters to the Inverter. After the Configuration Tool finishes uploading the parameters to the Inverter, the Inverter automatically shuts down and restarts.
31 Configuring an Inverter 31 Table 17 shows the DSP1 parameters and their meanings. Note that these parameters have a viewing access level and change access level. Monitoring is the lowest level access. Table 17: DSP1 Parameter Definitions Parameter Meaning Write Access INVGRID_VOUT_MAX Maximum Grid Voltage transient (V) Technician Viewing Monitoring INVGRID_VOUT_MIN Minimum Grid Voltage (V) Technician Monitoring INVGRID_VOUT_MAX2 Maximum Grid Voltage steady state (V) Technician Monitoring INVGRID_F_GRID_MAX Maximum Grid Frequency (Hz) Technician Monitoring INVGRID_ F_GRID_MIN Minimum Grid Frequency (Hz) Technician Monitoring Optimizers Data The Optimizers Data tab comprises two sections: Connected Optimizers Live Parameters a table which displays information about the Optimizers that are connected to the selected Inverter Data Control buttons for performing operations on Optimizer Records, Optimizer Data, and Telemetry Control
32 32 Configuring an Inverter Figure 14: Optimizers Data Tab The Inverter automatically identifies the serial numbers of the Optimizers connected to it, and lists them and the other Optimizer information, in the Connected Optimizers Live Parameters table. The table is refreshed periodically, thus displaying the latest statuses of the Optimizers connected to the Inverter(s). Table 18 describes the parameters of the Optimizers. Table 18: Connected Optimizers Live Parameters Parameter # Specifies a sequential number of the rows in this window ID VIn [v] VOut [v] IIn [A] Version Time Specifies the unique identifier of the Optimizer Specifies the DC input voltage to the Optimizer, in Volts Specifies the DC output voltage from the Optimizer, in Volts Specifies the input current to the Optimizer, in Amperes Specifies the software version of the Optimizer. Specifies the last time that the telemetry of the data was received; this indicates the time of the data
33 Configuring an Inverter 33 Table 19 describes the functions of the Data Control buttons. Table 19: Data Control Buttons Button Export Data Load List Add Optimizer Remove Optimizer Update Versions Normal Fast Force Telemetry Function Clicking this button saves the Optimizers' parameters information on this screen to an Excel file. A standard file selection window is displayed, enabling you to specify a file with an.xls file extension to which to save the information. Clicking this button loads the Optimizers' parameters information from an Excel file onto this screen. A standard file selection window is displayed, enabling you to specify the file with an.xls file extension, which you want to load. Clicking this button manually enables you to add a specific Optimizer to the list (see Adding an Optimizer section). This is used in the event that you replace a defective optimizer. Clicking this button removes an optimizer from the list. This is used if for some reason you removed an optimizer from installation. Clicking this button updates the software version of the Optimizer firmware. This changes the software of all the Optimizers. Clicking this button returns communication to Normal speed. By default, each Optimizer communicates when it wants to (about every five minutes), and there is no synchronization between the Optimizers. Clicking this button causes Optimizers to communicate constantly. A disclaimer appears. This feature is convenient for speeding up installation. Clicking this button after highlighting an optimizer on the list, displays the telemetry of that Optimizer.
34 34 Configuring an Inverter Adding an Optimizer You can manually add an optimizer to an Inverter. This may be necessary if an optimizer has to be replaced. Clicking the Add Optimizer Data Control button opens the following window. Figure 15: Adding an optimizer Table 20: Enter Optimizer Serial ID Parameter Serial ID Checksum Use Barcode [Accept] Type the Optimizer serial ID. Type the Optimizer Checksum. Select this checkbox to use the information on the Optimizer barcode. This feature can be used provided that a barcode scanner is connected to your computer. Add the Optimizer to the list of Optimizers. Firmware Upgrade The Firmware Upgrade sub-tab can be opened from the Tools tab on the Main Window. It enables you to update the firmware version of the CPU, DSP1, and/or DSP2.
35 Configuring an Inverter 35 Figure 16: Firmware Upgrade Sub-Tab You can upgrade the Inverter s firmware in case an upgrade is necessary as per a directive from SolarEdge. As upgrading the Inverter firmware requires restarting the Inverter, it is recommended to do so at a time when the restart least interferes with performance, such as after sundown. Table 21 describes the parameters and button in this window. Table 21: Firmware Upgrade Parameters Parameter/Button Upgrade File [Begin Update] CPU Version DSP1 Version DSP2 Version Upgrade Status The new firmware file (.dat file extension). Selected by clicking Browse and from the window that appears, selecting the file. Click this button to update the firmware versions of the Inverter's CPU, DSP1, and DSP2. The firmware version of the Inverter's CPU. The firmware version of the Inverter's DSP1. The firmware version of the Inverter's DSP2. Displays the progress of the firmware upgrade.
36 36 Configuring an Inverter Miscellaneous The Miscellaneous tab sub-tab is opened from the Tools tab on the Main Window. It enables you to set the following: Real-Time Clock (RTC) Generating accurate reports such as daily energy statistical reports, requires the Inverter real-time clock to be set accurately. The Inverter real-time clock arrives set, and is automatically updated by the server. However, if you do not have a server connection, you may have to set the clock. Power Balancing status After installing a power balancer in the Inverter according to its installation manual, you are required to enable it. Figure 17: Miscellaneous Sub-Tab Table 22 describes the parameters and buttons in this window: Table 22: Miscellaneous Parameters Parameter/Button GMT Offset [Set RTC] Displays the current GMT offset in hours. Click this button to set the real-time clock. Opens a window for setting the real-time clock of the Inverter.
37 Configuring an Inverter 37 Parameter/Button Status [Set Status] Select one of the following options: Enable to enable Power Balancing. Disable to disable Power Balancing Click this button to set the Power Balancing status. Setting the Real-Time Clock Clicking the Set RTC button in the Miscellaneous sub-tab of the Tools tab displays the lblrtcmessageheader window. Figure 18: Setting Real-Time Clock Table 23: lblrtcmessageheader Parameters/Button Parameter/Button Local Time to set [Get Local Time] Current GMT Offset to set [Accept] Displays the Windows time (see next button). Click this button to set the Inverter time to the Windows time and to display the time in the Local Time to set field. Select the GMT offset in hours and minutes. Click this button to set the real-time clock of the Inverter.
38 38 Setting Up Multiple Inverters Chapter 3 Setting Up Multiple Inverters Master/Slave Configuration You can set up multiple Inverters at a single site in a Master/Slave configuration, by connecting the Inverters to each other in an RS485 bus. An RS485 bus of Inverters can consist of up to 30 Slave Inverters and one Master Inverter. Inverters are connected to each other in a chain, meaning that the first Inverter in the chain is connected to the next Inverter in the chain via its RS485 connector. The first Inverter in the chain and the last Inverter in the chain must be terminated, as shown below Figure 19: Example of RS485 Bus Connection
39 Setting Up Multiple Inverters 39 Setting the Communication Configuration of the Master By default, all Inverters are provided as a Slave. You can connect the standard laptop or PC (on which the Configuration Tool is installed) to a Slave Inverter or to the Master Inverter. This enables you to configure the Master Inverter and all the Slave Inverters through a single interface (the Configuration Tool). To set up the Master Inverter: 1 In the Communication Settings tab, in the RS 485 Status field, change the value to Master. 2 In the Server Communication Status section, in the Via field, define the communication method used to transfer SolarEdge site information from the Master (and collected Slave site information) to the SolarEdge Monitoring Portal, as described in the Communication Dataflow section on page 18. To set up the Slave Inverters on the RS485 Bus: 1 In the Inter-Inverter Comm Status section, in the Comm Type field, select the communication status used between the slave Inverters. 2 Click the Detect Slaves button to detect all the Slave Inverters connected to this Master Inverter and to display them in the Inverter List on the left. A progress message is displayed during the detection process. Wait until the following message is displayed:
40 40 Setting Up Multiple Inverters Each Inverter shows its serial number. The Inverter List indicates the Master Inverter by displaying an (M) next to its serial number. To set up each Slave s configuration: 1 Select a Slave Inverter in the Inverter List to display its configuration. 2 Set the configuration parameters as necessary. For example, set the Country configuration in the Regional Settings tab, as described in the the Regional Settings section on page Perform steps 1 and 2 above for each Slave Inverter. Reviewing Installation Information The Inverter List lists all the Inverters to which the Configuration Tool is connected, as well as their serial numbers. Selecting an Inverter in this list displays its information. You can review each Inverter s information in the Status tab, as described on page Error! Bookmark not defined., and in the Optimizers Data tab, as described on page 31.
41 Verifying the RS-232 COM Port 41 Appendix A Verifying the RS-232 COM Port Verifying the RS-232 Port You can check which COM port on your computer is RS-232, so that you connect it to the Inverter. To verify the RS-232 COM port on your computer: 1 Right-click the My Computer icon on your desktop and select the Properties option. The System Properties window is displayed. 2 Select the Hardware tab. 3 Click the Device Manager button. The Device Manager window is displayed.
42 42 Verifying the RS-232 COM Port 4 Expand the Ports (COM & LPT) branch, as shown below: Take note of the COM port that is displayed in the RS-232 Port branch. For example, the screen above shows the COM25 port. The number of this COM port must be specified by you later when you use the Configuration Tool to connect to the Inverter, as described in the Defining COM Port to Inverter section on page 11. The example above shows the RS-232 Isolated Port branch, as an RS- 232/USB adapter is being used to connect the Inverter to the computer. The RS-232/USB adaptor must be installed according to its manufacturer s specifications.
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