Victron Energy people: Who is Gerrit Tromp?


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:

Gerrit Tromp

I’m 33 years old and live in Centurion Gauteng, the busiest province in South Africa, together with my wife (Michelle), daughter (Keara) and sons (Tjaden and Dejan).Continue reading

Energy Storage System (ESS) upgrade

System upgrades are a fact of life and it’s always encouraging to see clients choosing Victron Energy components in preference to others. And so it was with an EnerWit and SERVICE TEAM Döbeln project in the Südschwarzwald (Southern Black Forest) in Germany.

Much of Victron Energy’s high volume market in Germany is residential, but in this case the system upgrade to a Victron based ESS was more on an industrial scale, consisting of 6 x 48/8000/110-100/100 Quattros (to replace the original components), combined with 100 kWh of Lithium-ion battery storage and 180kWp of solar.

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Impossible Robotics go all the way to the White House. Nearly.

Impossible Robotics – the young scientists from the Netherlands – have been in action again. Enjoying a spot of intercontinental travel to Washington D.C. they represented their country in the FIRST Global Challenge – a kind of a Olympic Robotic Games.

160 countries took part in the competition held in DAR Constitution Hall – not far from the White House – over a four day period last weekend (14th – 17th July). Impossible Robotics flew their robot across the Atlantic in a crate to compete against the robots built by other young engineers from all over the world!

The challenge sounds simple enough – robots must be capable of picking up and sorting blue and orange balls and also have the ability to climb. It’s only when anyone of us considers how we might go about designing and building a robot with such capabilities that the enormity of the task becomes apparent!Continue reading