ACCESSORY: 2 WIRE AUTO START CONTROLLER FOR SOLAR SYSTEM BACKUP
Pramac 2 Wire Auto Start Controller required for back up to off-grid solar (click on image for video demonstration).
Pramac, Honda Powered 11.9kVA AVR Petrol Generator with auto start capability.
When it comes to backup domestic power for the home, the S12000 is top of it's class.
The S12000 is equipped with a reliable Honda engine, with first class components. It comes with a strong, modern design and a long-run 24L fuel tank.
The generator is powered by a reliable Honda GX630 air cooled engine with electric start to drive an AVR alternator with a continuous output of 9100 watts. The twelve month warranty is backed by a national service network that has your maintenance needs covered.
The S12000 is equipped with a control panel that allows you to integrate optional extras like: 2 wire auto start capability for solar backup or automatic transfer switch for hardwired mains backup applications. This provides additional comfort for optimal command.
|Fuel Tank Capacity||24L|
|Cont. Working Time||5.67h at 75% load|
|Noise @ 7m||68db|
|Product Dimensions (mm) LxWxH||960x641x667mm|
|Net Weight (kg)||162.0 Kg|
|Rated Power Factor||0.9|
|Outlets||2 x 15A 1ph & 1 x 32A CEE Form 1ph|
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Can I install one of these auto start generators myself? How difficult is it?
Hi Ron, installation of an auto-start generator to provide backup power for mains failure or backup to solar applications needs to be done by a qualified electrician. It is a failry straighforward job for an electrician.
Do I still need to maintain the generator even if it hasn't been required for back up?
Howdy - yes you do need to provide some simple maintenance. It is advised that you start up and run the generator periodically to run the engine and ensure that all is working for when it is required for backup.
Regular oil changes (inline with manufacturer guidelines) and inspections are also advised to ensure maximum performance. The owner’s manual comprises full routine maintenance procedures and schedules.
I can see that with an auto-start generator, an “AMF Panel” is required for mains power backup, and for solar back up a “2 wire auto start controller” is needed. But if I’m on solar and mains, do I need both to go with my auto-start generator?
Hi, firstly you are completely correct; to use your auto-start generator for automatic power backup, you need either:
- An AMF panel for automatic backup to mains power, or
- A Two-wire auto start controller for automatic backup to off-grid solar systems
For homes on solar and on mains power:
In this case, the solar charge is either used within the household consumption or fed back into the grid, meaning there are no storage batteries like there is for an off-grid solar system. So,if you require an auto-start generator to automatically start up to restore power to your home (which is on solar and mains power), you would need an accompanying AMF panel - an electrician would undertake the connection. When a blackout occurs, the AMF panel would signal for the generator to start and restore power to your home.
For homes with an off-grid solar system:
The Two-Wire auto start controller is only for off-grid solar systems, whereby the controller is connected to generator and the solar battery system. When the batteries run low on power, the controller signals to the generator to start up and restore power to the batteries.