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Color Control GX v1.30 firmware released

Great news! Version v1.30 is out! And to be honest I don’t know where to start explaining all the new features, nor how to put them in order of priority. Therefore, to learn all, please bear with me to the end of this post.

New: Grid-parallel storage system: Hub-4

Our Multis and Quattros can now be used as a Grid-parallel Storage System, called Hub-4. Wiring the storage system parallel to the loads and the PV power, instead of in series, has several advantages. For example that there is no maximum to the PV Array size. It is often the better choice in countries with a reliable grid.

How does it work? An Energy Meter is installed at the distribution box of the house or office. This meter connects to the CCGX, either with a wired or wireless connection. The CCGX will then control the storage system: whenever there is excess solar power available, it is used to charge the batteries. And shortages of solar power are supplemented with power from the battery.

In the test phase, dozens of these systems have already been successfully installed in the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy. We are working hard on certification, to include the anti-islanding functionality into the Multis and Quattros. This will reduce the cost and complexity meaning it will then no longer be required to install an external Anti-islanding device. Most of our Multis and Quattros have already been certified for the relevant UK standards, and other countries are following as soon as possible. All available certificates are here for Multis and here for Quattros.

More information about Hub-4 is in its manual.

New: Automatic generator start/stop

Genset start-stop

A super powerful automatic start/stop feature. It can start and stop based on Battery State of Charge, Voltage and Load, as well as AC Load and even more. Also a periodic test run can be configured and it keeps track of running hours. And it has the long awaited clock function: a special set of rules can be configured to enable quiet times. More information is in its manual.

New: Synchronize BMV and VE.Bus SOC

ccgx-synchronize-ve.bus-soc

When enabled, the CCGX will continuously copy the State of Charge from the selected Battery monitor to the VE.Bus system (Multi / Quattro). So, now the Multi always knows the SOC from the BMV. This can be quite useful with Assistants, for example:

Also it prevents the eternal question: why is the SOC as calculated by a BMV different from the VE.Bus SOC?

Important: do not use this feature in combination with Hub-2. Hub-2 uses the VE.Bus SOC for its operation, and enabling this new Synchronize SOC feature will affect and confuse Hub-2 operation.

New: Remote Console

Yet another cool new feature! And not only cool, there is more: it has already been an enormous time-saver for me, and I can imagine that it will be for many of you as well: Remotely control a CCGX from anywhere in your home from your phone/tablet or laptop. And also control it remotely, straight from the VRM Portal! No special software is necessary as a modern browser and a good internet connection is sufficient. For configuration, there is a new menu called Remote Console, which besides setting a password will give access to the two main on/off functions:

  1. Enable on VRM: remote control is possible via the VRM Portal. Look for the new green icon, on the top right of the page.
  2. Enable on LAN: navigate to the Local IP of your CCGX in a web browser: you’ll be able to remote control it!

When saving the Remote Console password on VRM, note that it is saved for all users that are set to Full Control for that site. Also only those users can access the Remote Control feature. Other users, set to ‘Monitoring only’ can’t.

When enabling this for the first time, make sure to either set or disable the password. And then reboot the Color Control after all is set as you want it to be.

Very useful to help customers and installers remotely.

Note that manually adding VNC support to the GUI run script, as was previously explained on Victron Live, is no longer necessary. Also it will no longer work.

New: LG Chem Resu 6.4 lithium battery

lg-battery

A very interesting battery, mainly for (home) energy storage applications because it is low cost, has a wall mounted enclosure and long cycle life. For more information on the LG Resu 6.4, look on the internet. Features:

New: Redflow ZBM battery

Another interesting new battery technology: a zinc-bromide flow battery, the Redflow ZBM. Not as much affected by heat as Lithium and Lead, and also it can be discharged to 0%, and then left at this discharged state, without damaging it! More information on the Redflow website: http://www.redflow.com.au/. Features:

 More fixes and improvements

Known issues

How to get v1.30

https://www.victronenergy.com/live/ccgx:firmware_updating

Conclusion

So, I wish you lots of fun and pleasure while installing v1.30 and using its features. In the coming days we’ll be updating the manual and other documentation.

After that there are still many ideas and improvements planned. Of which adding support for three phase VE.Bus systems to the Hub-4 functionality is the most urgent one. Note that it is already possible to use Hub-4 in a three phase installation, just not with a three-phase Victron system. A single Multi or Quattro can be installed, combined with the three-phase energy meter and then enable Phase Compensation in the Hub-4 menu.

Matthijs Vader

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