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Victron power improves student learning time

It’s always good to start a new year with a positive story.

In developing nations education is often key to improving the society. Recently Alp Tilev, Managing Director of Great Lakes Energy in Rwanda, got in touch with me about an educational project for which they were fortunate enough to win the bid – to install a 4kWp off-grid system for the Kepler university’s program in Kiziba Refugee Camp in Rwanda.

The project was funded in part by a grant from the Humanitarian Education Accelerator, a project of DFID, UNICEF, and UNHCR to promote successful scaling of promising education initiatives for refugees.

Based on the above that sounds a particularly worthwhile project I’d say to kick us off into 2018 – and one that Alp and his business have clearly enjoyed doing.Continue reading

DIY ingenuity: Hydro Power in the Austrian Alps

You could be forgiven for thinking Markus Pauritsch is a fireman in his day job. In fact he’s been an IT professional for the last fourteen years, working in their ten employee family business. In my experience IT types like to tinker in their spare time and Markus is no different. His DIY tinkering has led to an off-grid project which has inspired him to get more involved in renewable energy themes and hopefully expand their business into that area.

If ingenuity is anything to go by he’s certainly moving toward that goal – and to my mind takes first prize when it comes to using Victron products in unusual ways.

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The trouble with generators…

We are greatly indebted to Guy Stewart – a Victron user and installer – for his contributions to our online documentation. It’s always interesting to get to know the extended Victron family a bit better …so we’re especially pleased that he has written a guest blog:

My name is Guy Stewart and this is my first time writing for the Victron Blog.

I have lived with a stand-alone power system for over 10 years, and now also design and sell off-grid systems for the Rainbow Power Company, a Victron Distributor in Australia and the South Pacific.

For many years, when I first had my own power system, I resisted getting a backup generator. However eventually, during an extended wet season, I needed to get one to avoid damaging the batteries by leaving them flat.Continue reading

Victron Energy Pay As You Go solar power

In this guest blog Pierre-Paul Bermingham explains how Victron Energy’s Pay As You Go (PAYG) solar power systems are allowing lower income customers to take advantage of high quality products, whilst at the same time improving energy provision and local employment.

Here are 3 examples of the kind of systems offered for the PAYG market – and importantly this guest blog below – showing how such systems have worked out in the field for the customers and the companies installing them.

My thanks to Yoann Le Fol (Victron Energy Sales Manager for West and Central Africa, Madagascar, Comoros) for making me aware of these installed systems in Benin.

John Rushworth

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