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Monitoring alternator temperature with CERBO GX to regulate a Buck/Boost charger

Hello,

Here is the main idea, not sure if it's possible.

I have a 180A alternator on my sprinter 2020 and I want to install two DC-DC Sterling 12->48V of 70A each to charge 6Kw of Lithium batteries.

I want the Cerbo GX to monitor the alternator temperature and disconnect one of the two sterling when there is too much heat.

Is that feasible ?

Thanks !

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richardp answered ·

Just as an idea, Maybe it would be possible to install a temperature switch to control the second B2B, you could bond this onto the alternator's frame with JB weld.


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They are cheap enough that you could use two in series so that you have peace of mind and some redundancy built in / cover different areas of the alternator.

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Clever peoples here !

That's indeed a good idea also !

Thanks

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Paul B answered ·

As far as I know its not posiable, for the cerbo to do that. haveyou looked at the wakespeed WS500 alternator regulator as that has a really good temperature control thats adjustable, plus a full can bus connection for monitoring

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Thanks for your answer Paul !

Yes, I looked at those solution, and also the Balmar and Safiery solutions.

They are quite expensive ! but my principal concerns are to not "mess" with the electrical installation of the sprinter, possibly interfere with the euro-6 stuffs and most importantly the warranty.

To simplify my needs, do the Cerbo GX allow to act on his output relays depending on a temperature threshold of one of his temp sensor ?


edit: found the response here: https://community.victronenergy.com/questions/66045/measuring-and-switching-on-extraction-fan.html


more info here: https://www.victronenergy.com/live/venus-os:large

so... not yet pre-installed, I will maybe test the node red stuff.

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sebcbien answered ·

Hello,

Some feedback here for those interested:

I just bought a STC-1000 temperature controller. https://www.amazon.com/Elitech-STC-1000-Temperature-Controller-Centigrade/dp/B00Y8T9YZG

I will control the second DC-DC charger like a boiler: stop when reaching 100°C , restart at 85°C

I will have a direct view of the alternator temperature on my dashboard to better understand how the temperature behaves.

Later I will probably do it with my Cerbo GX and Node Red.

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Smart solution! I'd be interested to know what sort of temperatures you get with the various operating conditions.


I have a 2011 Sprinter with the 180amp alternator. Using a Votronic B2B 1212 90amp charger for 300ah of Lithiums.


Good luck with your setup.