Amber Electric (Australia) Custom Component

Good work.

Never call anything final, release 3 is fine as there will be future iterations.

I have a price spike coming up this afternoon, which really distorts the graph.


Mark, the ~ in front of the 0.5 set the scale to 0.5max unless it goes above this figure. If you remove the ~ it will have a fixed scale and the peak will just be above the display area.
Some pretty wild price swings - the wholesale pricing max is particularly volatile

Thanks removing the ~ makes it more readable.

The spikes do seen very high, while the negative events are rare.

My automations switch most things off during price spike so not too bad, but looking forward to getting my battery so I can export during these times.

I’m starting to think seriously about a battery…possibly solar less. Or with a solar system that is sized very tightly to requirements. And an inverter I can turn off with HA automations in the case of a negative fit event.

In SA we are getting great runs of sub 0.1/kwh for many hours midday and a few negative price moments. Solar itself seems be becoming less advantageous. Either needs a battery to shift it to when it is used or cover price spike events. Or possibly just a battery that is charged off the grid at the periods of lowest rates each day. Cover our use evenings and price spikes. Maybe even discharge to grid if it made sense.

Major issue is that I’ve got 3 phase and a 3 phase Aircon :thinking:

But I’m not sure which hardware would accommodate this…especially with HA

@madpilot how does smart shift actually work? Beyond just pre selecting the best hours in advance from forecast…is it dynamic to adjust to weather? Adelaide today is a good example of that. I’m sure forecast from midnight was pretty different to what actually happened.

It uses price and solar forecasts, your past usage, and past solar generation and tries to optimise for minimising costs. But it reruns the optimisation every five minutes to deal with changing forecasts.

Re: three phase. In some configurations you can still supply all phases with one battery.

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Yes the economics are interesting.

The high price spike events seen to be a lot more severe than the low price episodes.

Fill a 10 kWh battery in the morning for a cost of $0-$2 and then discharge in the evening for a sale of $4-$10+ and your ROI for a $15k battery is between 5-10 years and you help stabilize the grid.

Price spike events become revenue opportunities rather stressing about excess consumption.

Solaredge seems to have pretty good battery control in HA:

People are doing it with Powewall2 but send a bit more complex:

I have just ordered a powerwall mainly to see what it can do and to see if I can drive down that ROI period with automation. Delivery expected in April. Showed my installer what HA could do and he got very excited as he thinks he has a lot of users that could benefit.

Modbus is the way to go - the cloud API’s rate limiting effectively limits you to 5 minute control at best.

I have a SolarEdge inverter - researching batteries at the moment (the LG Chem batteries seem to be the recommendation)

+1 for ModBus.

I have my Solaredge reporting every second, which is excellent for balancing excess solar charging into my EV under HA control.

Good summary here:

To cope with the billing being the price in the last 5min of a 30min block. Does smart shift try and cut out earlier?

I felt like I’ve gotten a text message and turned it all off…and the next day I was still on the hook for power during the spike. My guess is that I was happy paying $0.5c to be comfortable in that moment…but then it switched to a spike (of $14-17) in the last 5-10min, so was on the hook. Acting on the text message or app notification isn’t enough. Need to preemptively reduce incase high prices switch over within the block.

It tries to minimise damage by reacting to 5 minute prices, which is the best you can do with 30-minute billing.

We are all waiting with baited breath for 5-minute billing so that problem goes away (to be replaced with the “how do we get the current price, and then control the device in a timely manner” problem)

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Hi, I’m trying to create a basic script that I can “call on” via google around the home.
I want to be able to say “when’s the cheapest power”, and the script to output data, so google responds “The cheapest power will be XXcents at (time) YY:00/30”

The time frame I’m flexible on, best case it’s hours remaining between the time the question is asked, and say 9pm (“getting things done hours), but otherwise, in the next 6 hours would work.

I have tried adapting a solution from above for cheapest price in next 2 hours, but 1) I can’t work out how to extend it to 6hour period, and 2) also output the time at which the cheapest value occurs (if more than one time has an equal lowest value, then the closest one is fine).

value_template:   >-
            {{ (state_attr('sensor.amber_general_forecast', 'forecasts') | map(attribute='per_kwh')|list|sort).4}}

My current “hey google, what’s the power price” script looks like this (and works perfectly for me):

  alias: Speak power rates
  - delay:
      seconds: 2
  - service: tts.google_say
    - media_player.living_room_speaker
      message: The power currently costs {{(states('sensor.amber_general_price')
        | float * 100) | int }} cents

Is there a way on your solar edge to limit export to zero when FIT goes negative with HA?

I just got a 10kw 3 phase solar edge inverter with modbus. My only concern is when fit goes negative, I do want to export.

What happened to the forecasts in the attribute section? im on 2022.4.1 and cant see any forecasts anymore :frowning:

I haven’t upgraded yet - still on 2022.4.0. Though there hasn’t been any code changes.

Will check tomorrow.

Hey @Scott_87 were you checking the forecast sensor?

I just loaded up the tagged version in dev, and it’s showing up:

Yes I was checking the forecast sensor. I don’t have forecast attributes attached to it

So it might have come down to the fact I hadn’t fully removed the HACS version (thought I did :thinking:)

I deleted all the Amber integrations and removed from HACS and did a reboot. It didn’t initially come back but a few hours later I can now see forecasts again.

In theory, but it’s pretty hairy.

Assuming you can control the inverter output via modbus, you need to dynamically set the output of the inverter to exactly match the consumption of the house (You can’t just set the output from the inverter to zero, as your house will always draw from the grid in that case). So you’ll need to be hitting control signals pretty hard (ie as fast as you can - you’ll constantly need to be responding to changes in the house consumption).

Try at your own risk…

We are doing a bit of user research around automation visualisation - are wanting to talk to people who are automating their batteries and EVs (we don’t care what brand) based on price or renewable percentage - we are interested in what metrics you look at to see if you are winning or now.

If you can spare 15 minutes for a quick chat, hit up my DMs!

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