VE Power Setup v1.3

Last week we released version 1.3 of VE Power Setup. The most important change is a fix to an issue when connecting to VE.Direct products on non-English versions of Windows. Furthermore there are some small GUI and connection assistant improvements.

Right before v1.3 we also released v1.2. The changes in v1.2 were:

  • Improved VE.Can communications
  • Improved the connection assistant

Drivers for both the CANUSB interface and the VE.Direct USB interface are available on our software downloads page

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Robots - Team Rembrandts

The Robots are coming…

Don’t worry, Victron aren’t about to replace their distribution & dealer network with robots. What they are doing though is sponsoring the next generation of thinkers and engineers.

Team Rembrandts are a group of Dutch high school students who, along with support from their University peers, are building on their success in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) of 2013. In their inaugural year they won the 2013 North Carolina Regional – Rookie All-Star Award.Continue reading

BlueSolar

EasySolar: The new all-in-one solar power solution

The new products just keep on coming.

Welcome to EasySolar, the recently announced all-in-one solar power solution; combining an ultra-fast MPPT solar charge controller, an inverter/charger and AC distribution, all in one enclosure – with the minimum of wiring. What’s not to like!

Inside the enclosure

BlueSolar MPPT 75/50: up to three strings of PV panels can be connected with three sets of MC4 (PV-ST01) PV connectors.

In case you missed it, don’t forget Bob Hopman’s blog featuring a really handy spreadsheet. It makes the correct matching of solar modules to MPPT charge controllers easy!

EasyPlus inverter/charger: EasyPlus 12/1600/70 or 24/1600/40

Note: EasySolar using the EasyPlus 24/1600/40 is available now and the EasyPlus 12/1600/70 version in June.

The MPPT charge controller and the EasyPlus inverter/charger share the DC battery cables (included). The batteries can be charged with solar power (BlueSolar MPPT) and/or with AC power (inverter/charger) from the utility grid or a genset.

AC distribution: consists of an RCD and four AC outputs protected by circuit breakers. One output is controlled by the AC input and will switch on only when AC is available. An additional fuse box is no longer needed.

EasySolar also combines the familiar Victron PowerAssist technology; protecting the utility or generator supply from being overloaded, by adding extra inverter power when needed.

We hope you like EasySolar. I certainly do and would have chosen this over separate units, when updating my boat systems recently. If I could have read minds at Victron R&D, I’d have waited for EasySolar. The good news is – you don’t have to!

Interactive grid or stand-alone solar power applications: as easy as 1-2-3, with EasySolar.

John Rushworth