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Orion product development for GX integration

Hi All,


Let me start by saying that I work for an official Victron installer, and I love everything Victron related, and will use nothing else. This question is not a rant by any means, and more a question as to future development.


My question is regarding the Orion series of DC-DC chargers and the integration to GX devices, in the scenario of Motorhome using an Orion as a charging source from the truck alternator.


In a fully integrated system we are able to show on the Touch50 screen all the functions of the battery, MultiPlus, MPPT, and all AC input/output. However, the Orion chargers do not connect to the GX device, and thus show nothing on the Touch50. There is a "DC power" option on the display, which works to see if the Orion is working in terms of Watts, however, we aren't able to see the charger status etc.


We also have requirements to disable the Orion based off Low-Temperature cut outs, which is currently not possible (without a complicated workaround). An integration to the GX device and the existing temperature sensors connected to the GX device could possibly disable the Orion in future.


Thank you.

Matthew asked

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FeatureRequest: EasySolar2 GX & MP2 GX 2x16 Display Customisation - Show Tanks & Temperature Sensors On Built-In 2x16 Screen (For Offline Use)

Hey Everyone,

I dont think what we need can be done, so asking on here to double check and maybe get some upvotes in the hope Victron add to their dev list.

Open to suggestions for possible DIY modifications, if that is possible, but would prefer to avoid modifications to Victron GX products under warranty.


Snip below is from ES2GX manual - GX Device Display - lists no possible options for customisation

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I have 2 client systems, both are mobile systems in RV's utilising a EasySolar2 GX 48/3000 at their heart. Both Systems have a USB Hub with BT dongle for Ruuvi's and a GX Tank 140, which is used to connect 24v 4-20ma Tank senders.


The problem comes from them being mobile installations, as the 4G signal can be patchy and is occassionally unavailable for their chosen location.

When they are offline, they have no way to access the Tank information without resorting to remote console on LAN, which is not really suitable for all types of User.


Connecting to a wifi network that doesnt have internet, to get to the remote console on LAN, to then be able to look at the tanks seems a bit crazy, as the GX device has an inbuilt display to provide the essential information at a glance.

Primary use of this display, IMO, would be for when there is no internet, so would be handy to be able to see all of the relevant information to the system on it, not just a set of defaults.

Whilst the Tank's not being displayed is the primary complaint, it would be nice to be able to display the Ruuvi tag information on this screen also, but tank information is most important.


As the GX device is integrated and internally connected to the multi & MPPT I cannot even swap it out for a Cerbo & GX Touch, so am a bit stumped on how to proceed.

At present the only option I have to resolve both customers complaints is to purchase a tablet/ipad, mount locally in Kiosk mode, then use this to display the remote console.

This is only marginally better than using remote console on a phone, if this is how it has to be done then I would have to use GuiMods to customise the remote console to show the info on the home screen.


Any suggestions on how else this could be done would be very much appreciated, cheap tablets are almost always trouble!

If these features can be added to Venus OS then they would be useful to all systems containting a ES2GX, MP2GX or MaxiGX.

Cheers,

Rob

alternativepowerprojects asked

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Fallback Settings on MPPT and Inverter for ESS

There are a few scenarios that I believe that systems should continue to work when they don't when a component disconnects.

Examples:

1. BMS comms is connected and then stops working for some reason (comms loss etc) - solar production completely stops. Surely the fallback settings on the MPPT should ensure that solar production continues and an alarm should be triggered?

2. Energy meter is connected and stops working for some reason (comms loss etc) the system then goes into passthru and solar production continues. The ideal scenario is that system continues to produce solar, metering is reverted to the inverter and alarm is triggered.


There are some more scenarios that are similar to the above where there should be some fallback logic to ensure systems keep working (ESS) but alarms are rather triggered than stopping certain functions.


mauromartini asked
Alexandra answered ·

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Projet de développement d'une interface

Bonjour à tous,

J'explore Venus OS avec l'intention de développer une interface spécifique pour un voilier électrique.


1/ Peut-on développer sur Linux Debian ?

Venus OS peut être installé sous debian https://github.com/victronenergy/venus/wiki/install-venus-packages-on-Debian Est-ce recommandé pour développer plus confortablement ? Venus fonctionne-t-il correctement sous Debian ?


2/ Existe-t-il un module de simulation des équipements Victron, i.e. modifiant les données sur dBus ? Cela me semble indispensable pour intégrer. Le mieux serait un service avec des scenarii de données qui évoluent automatiquement.


3/ Apparemment, Venus OS utilise Grafana qui me semble parfait pour une belle interface, et même beaucoup trop riche pour ce que je veux faire...

Mais Grafana permet-il de développer des boutons de choix ou autres curseurs ?

Quel est la librairie GUI recommandée ?


Merci d'avance






jpierre asked
Thierry Cortassa (Victron Energy Staff) answered ·

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Smart MPPT & Phoenix control via VE - direct

Hello all,

I am using VE direct for monitoring values of eaxch of the devices - battery monitor goes over RS485. Is it also possible to set parameters of the devices via VE - direct ?

Any help is welcome, thanks,

Alexander

alexander-kolb asked

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DE: 0 Einspeisung

Hallo,

ich möchte eine Solaranlage bauen, gerne auch mit Victron Geräten. Leider bin ich Freiberufler und darf "keine" Einkünfte aus Gewerbe haben(also keinen Strom verkaufen). Daher meine Frage ob es die Möglichkeit gibt eine 0 Einspeisung mit Victron-Geräten sicher zu stellen?

Danke für eure Hilfe.

hotzenplotz asked
Matthias Lange - DE commented ·

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Conjoncteur de Neutre

Bonjour, je souhaiterais savoir si l'un d'entre vous a déjà utilisé un conjoncteur de NEUTRE pour connecter la terre au système ?

En fait j'ai fabriquer une box énergie mobile qui est équipé d'un Multiplus 5kva et de batterie pylontech. Le but est d'avoir la terre et cela même si je n'ai aucune solution comme l'absence de bornier de terre ou l'impossibilité de planter un piquet de terre. Merci pour vos réponses

mobilvolts asked
Thierry Cortassa (Victron Energy Staff) answered ·

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Victron Smart Shunt connection distance problem

Hi!

My smartshunt is mounted close to the batteries and these are of course located not very central in my sailboat. When I am in the cabin in the front I really cant get any connection. I guess it will be difficult to do something about it, as this is limitation in the bluetooth stack. But it should might be a function which keep the latest view in the memory or buffer? Of cource with a timestamp so I can see it is not alive. Together with a background update in the app, then this would really be great. This thong should not be very hard to develop as many apps are doing background updating.

kurtinge asked
kurtinge answered ·

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Request: Blue Smart - Add tail current to expert mode

Can the devs please add the ability to set end of absorption tail current in the Blue Smart charger lineup when in expert mode? This would be extremely helpful to prevent premature switch to float without relying on fixed absorption and the risk overcharging when doing that.

It appears that this was at least thought of at some point given in the Absorption duration settings it directs a user to disable the tail current setting when using fixed absorption.

If this is done PLEASE allow tail current setting to be dropped below the .50% level that is in the smart shunt (and maybe other products). Odyssey batteries want to see .02% of tail current to end absorption.


captain-mike asked

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logging multiple BMVs on a laptop

Hi, we have a lithium battery pack that we would like to fit to a vehicle and log, we want to record the charge to the battery, the current drawn from the battery and the vehicle alternator, and we need at least 1 second logging intervals.

The question is, is it possible to have all 3 BMV battery monitors logging to one laptop, and will the data be synchronized, so that we can compare values easily?


thanks

mike

mikebott asked
Allan Yates answered ·

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Access to real time data.

Dear Sir,

How can I access data such as battery condition, solar power generated etc, as simple text strings in real time, preferably using my local network connection. I.e. access the data from the venus via the my local network. I would then use the data in a program to decide to decrease the load minimising the power consumed from the grid.

Looking forward to hearing from you soonest.

Best regards Jack Davie

wjackdavie asked
Guy Stewart (Victron Community Manager) edited ·

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