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How to operate the Fronius Wattpilot System

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    Hi, this is Andrew from KDEC, and today,
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    we’re going to run you through the Fronius Wattpilot,
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    the car charger.
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    Initially, I’ll run you through what we can do at the unit,
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    and then we’ll move inside and look at the app
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    and the customisation and the settings
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    that we can activate from inside.
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    Firstly, there’s an RFID reader and a push button.
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    The push button enables us to do a couple of things.
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    It can change between the charge settings,
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    so we have Eco Mode and Next Trip.
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    We’ll talk about that inside.
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    But Eco Mode, for instance, is just using excess solar,
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    which it’s set to at the moment.
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    Just a short press will move between those.
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    The other thing we can do with the push button
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    is control the charge current,
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    the level of current that goes to the vehicle.
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    If we hold it down for more than two seconds,
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    we’ll see the available charge.
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    Each one of these blue LED lights represents one amp.
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    So if we hold it for longer,
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    we’ll gradually see it increase
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    all the way up to full 32 amp charge.
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    And then if we hold it again, it goes back to 10.
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    The next part is obviously the RFID chip reader.
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    You’ll get a chip
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    with your Wattpilot.
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    Up to 10 can be activated
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    To activate a new chip,
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    we hold it up against the RFID reader and go into the app.
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    I’ll show you how to assign another one inside.
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    Also the RFID chip,
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    if it’s set to authentication required,
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    will start the charging.
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    hold it up there
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    and we’re charging.
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    That’s all we have to show you out here.
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    Next, we’ll move into the app.
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    Here we are.
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    We’ll look through our Solar Wattpilot app,
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    and we’ll run through the customizations
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    and all the functionality.
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    First of all,
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    at the top is current level.
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    It can be set to between 10 amps and 32 amps of charge.
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    And it’s good to keep in mind
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    that 32 amps obviously will charge the car faster,
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    but the lower the amperage,
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    the better it is for the life of your battery.
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    The Next Trip Mode.
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    This is a very useful feature which will enable us
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    to ensure there’s a designated level of charge in your car.
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    So, for instance, it’s Sunday night,
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    you know you need to drive to work on Monday,
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    we can set a minimum charge, in this case 100 kilometres,
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    to be ready by 6:00 a.m.
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    It will draw from excess solar initially.
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    So rather than power being fed to the grid,
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    it’ll be diverted to the car to charge.
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    If it’s a bad day, for instance,
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    and we don’t get enough charge during the day
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    to reach that 100 kilometre minimum charge
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    that we are after, it’ll then draw from the grid
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    to ensure that it’s charged by, in this case 6:00 a.m.,
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    so yeah, 6:00 a.m.
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    It’s good to keep in mind this Eco Mode
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    after Next Trip Mode.
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    Eco Mode is effectively where the cartridge,
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    well, the Wattpilot is diverting that excess solar.
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    Rather than being fed to the grid, it goes to the car.
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    So Eco Mode, under Eco Mode,
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    there is a very small cost to charging the vehicle.
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    The Next Trip Mode will make use of that Eco Mode
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    primarily as I was saying.
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    But then if this is checked,
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    once we reach that 100 kilometre minimum charge
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    that we’ve set, it will then just charge under Eco Mode.
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    So rather than sending power back,
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    excess power to the grid, it’ll send it to the car.
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    The consumption per 100 kilometres,
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    by default, it’s set to 18 kilowatt hours.
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    But depending on your vehicle, you can check the manual
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    and adjust that as needed.
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    Cost optimization is a feature
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    that’s not available in Australia.
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    It is for European countries that have,
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    yeah, basically where the grid will talk to the unit
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    to let it know what the current power price is.
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    Anyway, we’ll move on to Scheduler.
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    Scheduler, there’s two options.
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    We can allow charging or block charging,
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    and we just set a start and end time.
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    The allow charging is very good if you have electricity
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    or an EV electricity plan
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    that has very cheap power overnight
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    or for certain blocks.
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    We can set the vehicle to charge during those times.
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    Likewise, block charging
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    is when we don’t want to charge the vehicle.
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    So, for instance, if we set the car
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    to be charged ready by 6:00 a.m. and we knew that
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    we didn’t want to charge it during peak period,
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    so we only want to be charging after 11:00,
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    we can block out that window of the peak rates
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    to avoid that.
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    Load Balancing.
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    Load Balancing is really only useful
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    when we have a small supply to your house.
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    So rather than your usual 63 amp feed,
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    you may have reduced overhead lines or whatever.
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    You’ll be aware if it applies to you,
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    or alternatively, if we have multiple Wattpilots.
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    It just enables the Wattpilot
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    to look at the house consumption“
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    and also look at what the overall capacity of the home is
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    and make sure the Wattpilot doesn’t exceed that
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    to trip any circuits.
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    We’ll now look at security, the security features.
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    The Access Control we can either set to open.
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    If it’s set to open, the car will begin charging
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    as soon as we plug in our cable.
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    Under Authentication Required,
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    you can plug the car in, it won’t begin charging however
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    until we either initialise it with the app
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    or with our RFID chip at the Wattpilot.
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    Cable Unlock.
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    If it’s set to standard,
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    the cable is locked in the Wattpilot
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    until it’s released from the car.
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    Under Auto-Unlock,
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    the cable is only locked during charging.
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    Once the car is charged,
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    the cable can be disconnected, which is useful if you have,
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    for instance, two EVs, someone else can.
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    When the car is charged, someone else can pull the cable out
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    and begin using it in another vehicle.