Marek Klonowski

December Solstice 2015: What are you doing?

Victron people using Victron Energy products do extraordinary things, be that traversing deserts, rowing or sailing oceans – and on this solstice day that remains the case, but this time it is the start of climbing a mountain. This is no ordinary mountain.

Today, December 22 at 04:48 UT (that’s Universal Time not Coordinated Universal Time) is the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere. In the southern hemisphere you may well be on a beach celebrating the beginning of summer, but today in our half of the world it is the beginning of the astronomical winter – and for Victron installer Marek Klonowski (pictured above) that means the start of his fourth attempt at climbing Nanga Parbat.

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New mpptprefs software: v1.14 now available

Apart from wishing everyone all the best for the festive period, here’s a quick blog to let you know that a new version of the mpptprefs software (v1.14) has been released. This software, which now allows fixed absorption times, does not require new firmware to configure BlueSolar MPPT Charge Controller settings.

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Lackan Cottage Farm

Living off-grid in the UK: Lackan Cottage Farm

It seems only fitting that as the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference takes place in Paris, that we look at how a typical family, using Victron Energy equipment, is making a difference to this world.

Recently I was in touch with Victron Energy customer Steve Golemboski-Byrne. Steve and his family live at Lackan Cottage Farm, which is a smallholding in the beautiful patchwork quilt countryside of County Down, near the east coast of Northern Ireland. It is three years since the family moved there with the expressed aim of demonstrating low impact and off-grid technologies, to visitors from all over the world.Continue reading


Color Control GX v1.31 firmware released

A few small issues surfaced after last week’s release of v1.30. They have been solved, in v1.31, which was released last Friday:

Fixed bug:

  • Phoenix Inverters were no longer detected.
  • Fixed a very rare bug: VE.Bus devices were not shown, caused by old MK2 executable not being properly removed.

See here to update a Color Control GX that is not connected to the Internet.

That’s it. Wishing you a good evening, night, afternoon or morning!

Matthijs Vader