We recently released a firmware update for our SmartSolar Chargers. This fix is especially important for all 150V and 250V SmartSolar Charger models. The BlueSolar Charger range is not affected.
The new v1.37 firmware fixes a problem that can, in certain cases, cause the device to fail.
If you notice that your Solar Charger is no longer charging the batteries; or, in the case of larger models, it is behaving erratically – then the hardware has already failed and the unit will need to be replaced, as by that stage it will be too late to apply the firmware fix.
This update will prevent the failure from occurring.
How should I update my firmware?For systems on the VRM Portal; you can use the new remote firmware update feature.
For details, see the VRM Remote Firmware Update manual.
Using VictronConnect to do the update
Standalone Solar Chargers can be updated with VictronConnect; the recently released version 5.1 will automatically update all solar chargers to v1.37. Here’s a video for that and documentation is available here.
Article courtesy of Matthijs Vader of Victron Energy
Recently announced at METS the Octo GX is a Venus-device and a member of the GX Product Family, which consists of the Color Control GX, Venus GX, Octo GX and the CANvu GX.
The new Octo GX is the best fit for installations that have many MPPT Solar Charge Controllers, as it has 10 VE.Direct ports.
The GX Product FamilyAt a glance details can be seen in the image below. For further information see the GX Product Family page.
Octo GXThe Octo GX is DIN-rail mountable, so it’s compatible with existing industry standard control boards. It has many interfaces, allowing control and monitoring of over a dozen Victron components simultaneously. Also and very handy for ESS systems – it has a built-in RS485 port.
Octo GX applications include large integrated commercial or industrial electrical systems where you may have a control room with many VE.Direct MPPT’, Multiplus Inverter/Chargers and CANBus devices.
Further information can be found on the Octo GX product page.
Article courtesy of John Rushworth from Victron Energy
Today we have released a new version of Venus OS – the software which controls the Color Control GX, Venus GX and Octo GX.
The highlights in v2.20 are the addition of Scheduled Charging for ESS systems, addition of the GX GSM, and a Start equalize button: no more toggling of the rocker switch back and forth on Multis and Quattros.
Scheduled chargingThe features allows up to five schedules, during which the system will take power from the grid to charge the battery. Typically used to charge the battery during off-peak tariff time windows. For each schedule, configure a start-time, duration, and optionally set the percentage up to which you want the battery to be charged:
Full change logGeneral:
ESS Auto-recharge (a feature introduced in v2.12 as a DVCC only feature):
These are all that is in version v2.20. You can find information about how to install this the new version of Venus OS here. For the full change log, visit Victron Professional.
Article courtesy of Matthjis Vader of Victron Energy
The ExSolar team recently completed this 4.6KW hybrid system in Somerset West. Complete with a custom made steel outdoor cabinet to shelter and protect the setup. The system included a Kaco inverter, 14 x 330W modules, a Grid Tie Limiter, Victron Multiplus 48/5000 inverter with Colour Control GX, PLUS the sleek and sexy FreedomWon LifePO4 battery bank. Have a look at the specs of this high tech battery bank below. Contact us for a free quote if you are interested in a similar system.
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Exsolar installed this unit in Stellenbosch. The 5.2kW Grid Tied System consisted of the following:
Victron Color Control GX
FreedownWon 15/11 Lite Lithium Battery
16 x 330W Panels
Schletter Mounting Structures
Cable, fuses, breakers ect.
The ExSolar Team recently completed a 25kW grid tied rooftop installation for the community of Franschoek and their newly built library. Our site foreman had fun with the drone taking these snaps!
Festival survival list must have!
Whether you're an AfrikaBurn, Rocking the Daisies, Vortex, Wolfkop or Alien Safari master, a little bit of home can make all the difference when you're hard at work stomping feet and summoning your inner child of wild. Having power at your disposal when the dark starts to fall, can be the most valuable asset in your festival survival arsenal.
We are running a mega festival special on our 100W and 160W portable solar kits just in time for a week long foray in Tankwa wilderness. You won't find these prices anywhere else, so get one quick before you're sitting in the dark trying to find your lighter!
The Exsolar Team recently completed a second installation on a farm in the Northern part of the Cape. The installation consisted of the following major components:
24 x 270W Canadian Solar Panels
1 x Fronius IG Plus 6.3kW 3 Phase Inverter
Schletter Mounting Structures
Fuses, cables, connectors, breakers and other smaller installation items
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