Saving lives in Sierra Leone

You may recall that Matthijs wrote a blog, late last year, about building an unattended battery based energy system – in essence a containerised energy system.

The idea of that blog was to serve as a primer as to what makes for the best practices when building an unattended battery based energy system. Subsequently we also asked for your own examples and ideas for such systems, in order that we could add to this knowledge base. One such example we received was about a solar powered containerised system by ERM Energies.

Now I’m pleased to say that Independent Energy B.V., from Haarlem in the Netherlands, have been kind enough to respond to our request too for examples of other containerised energy systems. Here is what Symon Miedema from Independent Energy had to say about their potentially life saving system, shown in the headline image above.Continue reading

Most Innovative Company award for Victron Energy

Last week the 22nd China International Boat Show (CIBS 2017) was held in Shanghai, from the 26th to 29th April. This year it was at a new venue – the Shanghai New International Expo Centre.

It was at this impressive venue that Victron Energy received the Most Innovative Company award. The category was open to any company in the marine industry. With an industry first, such as the 15kVA Quattro inverter/charger for example and multiple new product releases in recent months – the voting by the judges was unanimous.Continue reading

Off-map – Off-grid

If you own a 100 Hectare property (let’s just pretend) – so large that mains power is available only in one corner of it – you face a choice between putting up ‘telegraph poles’ which spoil the view and cost a fortune, or installing some serious off-grid power kit just where it’s needed.

Alan Noble knows a bit about technology – he’s Google’s chief engineer for Australia and New Zealand. He’s also the lucky owner of a 100 hectare plot in Willunga, near Adelaide, South Australia on which he will be building a ranch over the next two years. If you live out in the sticks in an area prone to bush-fires you need to be self reliant, prepared to fight a fire yourself. It’s the policy of the grid-power provider in that region to cut power on days when the risk of a bush fire is high – yet if you rely on grid electricity, and it gets cut, how will you pump fire-fighting water, or operate the sprinkler system? For that Reason alone Alan Noble would have chosen to go off-grid.Continue reading

Africa: Distributor meeting, solar show, training and dancing!

Cram it all in. At least that’s what Victron Energy staff, distributors and customers seemed to do recently. I’m not so sure about some of the dance moves though…

On 27th March it was the Victron Energy African distributor meeting in Sandton at The Venue Green Park, the 28th-29th saw the Power & Electricity World Africa Exhibition (The Solar Show) at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, with an impressive Victron stand demonstrating many new products. Last but not least on the 30th it was a Victron Energy Training day at the Protea Hotel by Marriott® Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton.

And then there were meals, socialising, awards and dancing too – all in all a very packed four days.

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