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

Innovation never stops: METSTRADE Show 2017

Last week in Amsterdam saw the 30th anniversary METSTRADE Show, billed as the world’s largest and most visited B2B leisure marine equipment show. As ever Victron Energy had a strong presence, with many new products on display – Innovation never stops.

It proved to be an exciting week with Victron staff from all around the world in attendance, who were able to discuss and demonstrate the plethora of products on display. Added to that was the well attended Victron Energy distributors’ meeting, lunches, dinners, dancing and fun. Here then is a photographic round up from the show last week.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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Back to school with Victron Energy

It’s that autumnal time of year in Europe, as many students return to ‘school’ – some to a higher education with a Victron Energy focus.

HTL1 Lastenstraße is a Higher Technical Institute in Klagenfurt, southern Austria . The school trains engineers in the fields of mechanical engineering , electrical engineering and mechatronics . It has around 34 workshops and laboratories as well as several competence centres.  The focus is on e-mobility and eco-energy.

In association with Austrian Victron Energy dealer E-BOX Off-Grid Power Systems, the school and headmaster Dr. Michael Archer have forged a partnership to utilise Victron Energy products for their varied educational program.

Furthermore and thanks to Bianca Hartner of E-BOX, Dr. Archer kindly agreed to be interviewed – detailing the how and why they chose Victron Energy products. Here’s what he had to say. The text is translated verbatim from German.Continue reading