Building an unattended battery based energy system

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Lately, I have been involved in several unattended Victron systems. Some of these being large scale containerised systems, such as the one shown above. And now that I think of it; as a system designer or installer you could consider almost all systems as unattended, as there will rarely be a trained Victron technician/installer onsite all of the time.

In that case and in this post I’ll highlight several ideas that I have either seen or that have come to mind whilst helping to make such systems robust and foolproof.

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CCGX v1.74: Automatic pump starting and MQTT

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Color Control GX firmware version v1.74 has been released. It contains two principal changes:

Pump auto start/stop

  • Fixes the auto start/stop functionality. For more information about this feature, see the manual.

MQTT

  • Reduce load on authentication server for mqtt.victronenergy.com
  • Add keep-alive mechanism: only send data when someone is listening. Reduces traffic as well as server load.

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METS 2016: MultiPlus anniversary and NMEA 2000

METS is billed as the world’s largest Marine Equipment Trade Show and is one of the most eagerly anticipated shows on Victron Energy’s events calendar. This year proved no exception with the show being held last week in Amsterdam from Tuesday through to Thursday.

According to the METS website: “The 2016 edition of the METSTRADE Show has once again broken all previous records for exhibitor and visitor attendance while setting a new benchmark for how a B2B exhibition becomes a memorable event for all involved”.

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BlueSky Energy: Energy Storage systems & compatibility

In recent blogs you will have noticed an ever increasing range of battery makes and technologies that are catered for and which integrate well with Victron Energy products. Examples of such products are Victron Quattros, Multis and MPPT solar charge controllers.

An interesting compatible battery technology is Aquion Energy’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI™) chemistry:Continue reading