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

 

 

Updated software: VE Power Setup v1.1 released

The new VE Power Setup tool has been updated. If you already have VE Power Setup installed it will update automatically. If installing for the first time, you can download the latest version (v1.1) from our software downloads page.

In this new version: When your system is scanned but a product is not detected, you can click a ‘Need help connecting?’ button in the home screen. A ‘How to connect your product’ screen, just like the headline picture above, of all Victron products that can be updated using various methods and protocols will be shown. More of that in a moment, but first let’s re-cap what VE Power Setup can do and which products can be updated with it.

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Skylla-i charger and control panel firmware v2.01

First a short introduction to these chargers. The Skylla-i chargers are our high power and can-bus enabled 24V chargers. There are four models:

  • 24V 80A – 1 output
  • 24V 80A – 3 outputs
  • 24V 100A – 1 output
  • 24V 100A – 3 outputs

And there is a remote control panel, the Skylla-i Control GX:

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Read the datasheet for more details about all the different features.

Firmware version v2.01 brings one big improvement, suggested to us by Alan Peng, owner of Shenzhen Royal Technology Co, Ltd, our main distributor in China. Besides seven pre-defined battery modes such as gel, agm and lithium, it has two modes where you can set the absorption voltage, float voltage and maximum charger current with three potentiometers. While adjusting one of these, the voltage will now be indicated by the LED bars on the Skylla-i, and on the numeric display (blinking) on the Skylla-i control panel.

You really have to try it yourself to see how simple and fast it is to set up. This is a huge improvement over the old way,  thank you again Alan!

 

The other changes include:

  • Lithium float voltage changed from 13.35v to 13.5v
  • Improved stability of parallel charging algorithm when disconnecting and reconnecting chargers to the network.

 

Contact your Victron representative for the necessary files. Updating both the charger and the control panel can be done with VE Power Setup, available for download on our software and downloads page. More information on VE Power Setup is available in the VE Power Setup blog post.

Have a good weekend, Matthijs Vader