Venus OS v2.17 & v2.18 – just released!

The new version of Venus OS – the software which controls the Color Control GX, Venus GX, and Octo GX – has just been released. It includes some great new features, and also various bug fixes.

v2.18 was released one day after v2.17; and contains one more fix; relating to ModbusTCP alarm registers 34, 35 and 36; see below.

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Solar Power in Industrial Quantities

Electronics company Bosco Printed Circuits, who are located in Johannesburg, were used to seeing production come to a halt on their shop floor as often as twice a week – caused by power cuts. Sometimes the outages were scheduled, sometimes they just happened. Every time there was an unexpected power outage the electroplating machines would freeze half way through a job, and all materials would have to be scrapped. It was time to act…

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Solar powered Sea Scouts

Scouting, including the Sea Scouts is a wonderful way to develop and mature as a young person. It certainly helped me and it seems Victron Energy Sales Manager Margreet Leeftink in her youth too – to the extent she still stays in touch with her old group.

One of Margreet’s old Sea Scout group (Jesse Berends) takes up the story of how maintaining contact has been of benefit to all. Never a bad thing!

Thanks must go to Jesse for his hard work in putting this guest blog together and Roos van Belle for her photographs, without which this blog would be incomplete.

John Rushworth

Scouting connections

In the past few years we have fantasised many times about installing solar panels on our boat (we like to call it a ship). In those same years, it always ended with ‘it has no priority at the moment’ and at the end of 2017, the same thing was going to happen.

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Victron Energy people: Who is Lucian Popescu?


This insight is part of the ‘Victron Energy people: Who is who?’ series of blogs.

For a complete list of Victron Energy people in this series please see:

Lucian Popescu

My name is Lucian Popescu, Sales Manager for the Eastern Europe countries (Romania, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, Slovakia and Slovenia) which was previously the responsibility of Ruurd ten Brink and Leo Yntema. I live in Romania, near Bucharest with my wife Iulia and our son and daughter. Continue reading