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ABB / Power One Aurora Solar Inverter Faults and Repairs

Power One, at one point were the second ranked solar PV inverter manufacturer in the world and there are many Power One Aurora solar Inverters installed in the UK. The most popular models being the Uno PVI-3.0-TL-OUTD and the Uno PVI-3.6-TL-OUTD. Power One was purchased by electrical equipment giants ABB in 2013. As part of their purchase ABB took over the guarantee responsibilities from Power One.

As a result of their popularity we have become very familiar with diagnosing faults with Power One solar Inverters. Power One Aurora inverters, both single phase (Uno) and three phase (Trio) have an LCD display on the front of the chassis. Identifying error codes shown on the display (assuming the display is working) is usually the best place to start in diagnosing the fault and getting systems using Power One solar inverters up and running again.

NB: "E031 - Error Read V" or "Int.Error E031" This is a common error found with Power One Aurora Inverters. This is an error inside the inverter relating to damaged external relays. This error is often accompanied by a humming noise when the inverter tries to start up and presents itself just before you would typically expect the inverter to connect to the grid and start generating. Damaged relays can be replaced, however, given the age of the units that usually demonstrate this fault and the comparitively low cost of a replacement, when Power One Aurora units are out of warranty and have E031 relay failures, we recommend that the inverter is replaced.

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ABB / Power One Aurora Solar Inverter LED Indicators:

  • Green Light - The green 'Power' LED indicates that the inverter is operating correctly. The green light flashes upon start-up, during the grid check routine. If a correct grid voltage is detected and solar radiation is strong enough to start-up the unit, the green light stays on steady. If not, the freen light keeps flashing until solar radiation becomes strong enough to start-up the inverter.

  • Yellow Light - The yellow 'Fault' LED indicates that the inverter has detected a fault condition. A fault description will appear on the display.

  • Red Light - The red 'GFI' LED indicates that the inverter is detecting a ground fault on the DC side of the photovoltaic system. When this kind of fault is detected, the inverter disconnects from the grid and the corresponding fault indication appears on the LCD display
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ABB / Power One Aurora Solar Inverter Faults and Warnings:

Some of the advice we give related to identifying, confirming and or resolving some of the faults detailed below, starts with safely shutting down and restarting the inverter and the solar PV system. This is something that nearly all solar PV systems installed in the UK would have been designed to be carried out safely by the solar PV system owner. However, paperwork, schematics and manuals are not always clear or available, so if you have any concerns about how to do this, we will always be more than happy to talk you through the process over the telephone at no charge.

How to Restart an ABB / Power One Aurora Solar Inverter:

Leave everything near the supply meters turned on. At the inverter there will be an AC isolator, this is used to isolate the mains/grid supply from the inverter and to prevent the inverter from feeding solar power into the electrical system. Switch the AC isolator 'off', if the inverter is running correctly you will hear a clunk inside the machine and after a while a 'no-grid', 'missing grid' warning or similar on the LCD display.

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Near to and or built into the solar inverter will be a method of isolating the solar (DC) supply from the inverter. Often these are black and grey and will be labelled 'DC isolator' or similar. There might be two or more of these if the system is fed by multiple strings. If there isn't a seperate DC isolation device, there will be a way to isolate the DC supply built-in to the inverter itself (often a rotary style switch underneath), turn this 'off'.

When all of the lights on the solar inverter have gone out, reintroduce the AC/mains supply by turning the AC isolator 'on'. Introduce the DC supply by turning all DC isolators 'on'.

This will restart the solar inverter, on the display it might show you progress during it's startup procedure. During startup is when the solar inverter carries out all of the tests needed before being able to connect the solar supply to the electrical system. If errors are found during testing they will be displayed on the screen or an indication light might come on. Make a note of any warning messages, warning lights and fault codes.

If the restart is succesful a green light will come on, sometimes flashing at first but once connected to the mains/AC supply remaining permenantly on. The LCD display will show how much power the solar PV system is generating. The solar PV system can be verified as working at the solar generation / Feed in Tariff (FIT) meter which will count on the display, the red light will pulse as it counts.

ABB / PowerOne Solar Inverter: No lights, No Display

ABB / PowerOne solar inverters are powered by the solar panels (the DC supply) and will startup at sunrise each day and shutdown at night. If you find the inverter with no lights or display working during the day, there is either a problem with the solar panels or with the inverter. Follow the shutdown and restart procedure outlined above and if the problem persists Contact us to discuss the next steps.

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Solar Inverter Recycling: - Recycling ABB/PowerOne Inverters

ABB/PowerOne inverters contain valuable materials such as copper and aluminium, these materials are in high demand and recycling them is significantly less energy intensive than extracting them from ore.

If you find yourself with a damaged or faulty ABB/PowerOne inverter, we will be pleased to help you recycle it.

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Solar Power System Testing, Servicing & Maintenance

Regular solar PV system testing, servicing and maintenance will extend the life of a solar PV system and ensure that solar panels are always operating safely and at their best, whilst maximising yields.

We offer complete safety and performance testing for solar PV power systems of any size. Includes solar panels, cables, inverters, isolators and mains connections.

We provide solar power system testing and maintenance services for residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural clients across Southern, South West England and the West Midlands, with specialist experience working with farmers, developers and commercial and industrial buildings owners.

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If you have a faulty inverter, we offer an efficient, value for money, hassle free inverter replacement service. We offer good advice and install quality equipment with comprehensive warranty and support options. We will test the rest of the system as part of the service, take care of all hardware deliveries, record the new unit's serial number and confirm the warranty details with the manufacturer.

Our engineers work cleanly and will dispose of any unwanted boxes, faulty equipment and packaging.

Many modern inverters can now use wireless home networks to transmit solar generation data to PCs, tablets and smartphones, so if you would like something like this, let us know and we will be happy to set it up as part of the installation.

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Mains/Grid Isolation and Surge Protection

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A whole house surge protector is installed to provide protection from transient overvoltages originating from the mains/grid. A whole house surge protector is installed directly inline and as close as possible to the incoming mains/grid supply meter, this allows for surge protection for all circuits and equipment including solar inverters, routers, stereos and other sensitive electrical equipment within the network. The addition of a 100Amp lockable isolator also allows for safe and convenient isolation of all electrical equipment within the network including consumer units, solar inverters, battery storage units and EV chargers from the mains/grid in one place.

Surge protectors are in compliance with the recently updated 18th edition amendment 2 of BS7671.

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