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Victron Energy in Africa: March 2015 news roundup

March was a busy month in Africa for Victron Energy staff and distributors alike. Not only was there the 18th Annual Solar Show Africa, from 24 March to 25 March, but there was also a great opportunity for Victron Energy Distributors to meet up with Victron staff and their peers, as you can see in the group photo above.Continue reading


Batteries: Lithium-ion vs AGM

In light of my last post concerning the use of the DC or Hybrid concept for electrical power, it occurred to me that the system could also have used monobloc AGM/Gel batteries or indeed a bank of long life 2 volt gel cells. In that case why was Lithium chosen? Hopefully this post may go some way to highlighting that decision process.

Across all markets over recent years Lithium-ion batteries have been gaining in traction [sic]. To the uninitiated it is easy to dismiss Lithium-ion as an expensive alternative to VRLA (valve regulated lead acid) technologies such as AGM (absorbed glass mat), if simply looking at the amp-hour (Ah) rating. This was the initial mistake I made a few years back. Digging deeper it became clear to me that there is a lot more than Ah ratings to consider, when choosing the best batteries for your application.Continue reading