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Ysebaert NV sends around ten e-mails a year with product information about new products, price lists, interesting facts (FAQs) and general company news.

 

Off-grid music container creates tranquillity

Electrical engineering firm Elektrotechniek Hoogewys contacted us for an energy system in an off-grid music container. This container will be set up in various woodland areas. The container is made of glass, which enables passers-by to enjoy the view, with a classical concert by Sohnarr in the background. This should enable them to really chill out.

For this project, we supplied 2 x 360W solar panels with MPPT solar charger 150/35, a Phoenix DC/AC inverter 24/250 and 2 lithium superpacks of 250Ah each. The batteries can also be charged with a separate 24/16 battery charger when there is not enough sun. This can be monitored with a battery monitor. Elektrotechniek Hoogewys took care of the professional installation.

De Sjel will start operating in the Grote Netewoud in Geel, and will move to various natural beauty spots over the next few months.

Read more 24-03-2020

New E-marking for Multiplus 800-1600 VA

The Victron Energy Multiplus from the 800VA-1600VA series is now certified according to Automotive R10-5. The certificates can be downloaded via the Victron Energy website:

Read more 23-03-2020

Monitor your batteries easily with the new SmartShunt!

Victron Energy has launched a smart version of the Shunt. It is available in three models: 500, 1000 and 2000 Amp.

The SmartShunt is a powerful battery monitor with Bluetooth. It can be installed out of sight, while the live data of the device can be sent to your mobile phone or laptop via the VictronConnect App. This way you can easily check the battery status, voltage, current load and time-to-go. You also have comprehensive historic information that enables you to analyse your system.

Connection to a 'GX' device

The SmartShunt can also be connected to any device from the GX family, including the Color Control GX and the new Cerbo GX, using an optional VE.Direct cable. This supplies the GX device with battery data for system control - and so it is not necessary to install a BMV display.

The SmartShunt can monitor your main battery, but you can also opt to:

  • monitor the voltage of a second battery - for example the starter battery;

  • or connect a temperature sensor (optional) for charging with temperature compensation;

  • or check the mid-point voltage of your battery bank (cable included) to keep track of battery health.

What's different from a BMV712?

The SmartShunt doesn't have a visual or audible alarm like the BMV. And it doesn't have a programmable relay. All other comparisons with the BMV hold true: the SmartShunt operates in the 6.5 VDC to 70 VDC range; draws less than a milliamp and monitors battery capacity up to 9999 Ah.

The SmartShunt is a good alternative for a BMV, especially for systems where battery monitoring is required but less wiring is desirable.

Read more 22-03-2020

Total control over your system, wherever you are, with the new Cerbo GX from Victron Energy

Immediately check the charge status of a battery, the power consumption of the PV, the generator and the grid, or check the tank levels and temperature measurements. It's simple to set the input current limit for the shore-side power supply, start/stop the generator or change another setting to optimise the system. Follow up warnings, carry out checks and resolve challenges remotely. The Cerbo GX makes every power challenge a trouble-free experience!

Alongside the Color Control GX and Venus GX, the Cerbo is the newcomer to the GX family. The Cerbo combines the best in connectivity and network capabilities of the Venus GX with the display and fast, simple monitoring options of the Color Control.

The added Bluetooth function makes it simple to connect using the Victron Connect app. But you can also obtain direct access via the optional GX Touch 50. This is the display that gives you an immediate overview of your system and enables you to change settings. It is a thin, waterproof display that is easy to fit. This display is connected by a single cable to the Cerbo. The Cerbo itself can be mounted easily on a DIN rail.

Want to know more? View the video and compare the Cerbo with the other GX products in the simple comparison table.

Comparison table
Introduction video
Instruction video

Read more 25-02-2020

Semi off-grid system: no Synergrid approval needed

Grid-connected inverters always have to be type-approved by Synergrid. Only a limited number of Victron Energy inverters meet all the requirements, which means that we come up against a number of limitations in grid-connected installations. The many constraints imposed by Synergrid also restrict creative solutions.

Our semi off-grid system is a solution for this. With this system, we work off-grid as much as possible; completely off-grid is unrealistic in Belgium. So a generator often has to be provided, but these are expensive, noisy and polluting. On the other hand, the grid is still the cheapest power supply.

With a balanced semi off-grid energy system, we operate off-grid for 8-9 months per year, and only use the grid during the dark winter months. When the switch-over occurs, the off-grid system is first completely disconnected before consumers are connected to the grid; this is the 'break before make' principle. The interruption is so short that it does not adversely affect electrical appliances, and everything can just keep on working without a hitch. With our automatic transfer switch, we are no longer covered by the Synergrid rules, and are free to choose the devices.

You can contact us at any time for more information about this system.

Read more 24-02-2020

Discover the new price changes from Victron Energy

You can download our new hybrid energy price list for Quarter 1 via the link below. No increases, just price cuts!

The main price drops are:

  • Several Inverters and Multi's
  • MultiGrid 24/3000/70-50 230V
  • Battery chargers IP22, IP67 and IP43
  • Several isolation transformers
  • Several ORION DC/DC inverters IP67
  • Octo GX
  • CANvu
  • Several VE.NET products
  • Several Lithium batteries

For the new prices, please refer to the price list in annex or go to our E-shop.

Read more 21-02-2020

Launch of Iris Energy storage system at InterSolution

There was a lot of interest at InterSolution in our new Iris Energy storage system. Besides our S³ system suitable for homes and small businesses, we also have this system for industrial and commercial applications from 50 kW to several MWs. Each system consists of at least one inverter/charger and a battery module. In addition, the modular design enables extra functions to be added that can be applied at the same time:

  • UPS: uninterrupted power supply for critical users to protect them from power failures or grid surges;
  • to cut your energy costs. The Iris Energy storage system allows you to store energy that you have generated yourself (solar, wind) for later use. It can also be used for peak shaving, if the grid is restricted, the system cuts in to smooth peak energy demand;
  • as a charging station for electric vehicles, using AC or DC;
  • to expand the available capacity;
  • as an off-grid energy system;
  • as an energy market participant (grid support, grid transition, ...)

Solar energy can be stored directly in the battery via a DC/DC converter. In comparison with standard PV inverters, there are no losses due to the conversion from DC to AC and back to DC again.
A DC/DC converter can also be used to power a DC network.
These converters are available in 50kW, 100kW and 200kW. 

To find out more about Iris Energy, surf to our website (link). Do you have questions or are you interested? Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Read more 30-01-2020

New MPPT VE.CAN solar chargers make installation simple

MPPT VE.Can solar charge controllers from Victron Energy can simply be connected to each other. Up to 25 solar charge controllers can be interconnected using RJ45 cables. Previously they needed to be connected individually to the Color Control or Venus GX. Following on from the SmartSolar MPPT 150/70 VE.CAN & SmartSolar MPPT 150/100 VE.CAN, the following models are also now available:

Once multiple Ve.Can solar charge controllers are interconnected, their charging phases will be coordinated. If they are connected to the Color Control GX, each MPPT can be monitored individually or as a single entity; in the previous generation of MPPTs, they could only be monitored as a single entity. These models also have a VE.Direct port and Bluetooth.

Read more 29-01-2020

Visit us at InterSolution!

In January, you will find us at InterSolution with our S³ home battery and new storage system from Iris Energy. The S³ is suitable for making a home or small business self-sufficient, and increases the private energy supply from 30% to 70%. The modular system is connected in parallel to an electrical system, and has a storage capacity from 2.4kWh to ±18kWh.
The Iris Energy storage system is suitable for industrial and commercial applications with a power range from 50kW to several MW. The modular design enables extra functions to be added such as a UPS, peak shaving or a DC/AC charging system for electric vehicles. 
InterSolution, the networking and trade show for solar energy in the Benelux, takes place on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 January 2020 at Flanders Expo in Ghent. Interested in our storage systems? Then we would be delighted to meet you on our stand 8200!  You can register for your free ticket, quoting our code: SE10063748.

Read more 17-12-2019

This end of year Ysebaert supports Doctors Without Borders

As a festive gift, we will be making a donation to charity. This year we will be donating to Médecins sans Frontières. In this way we help them save lives of countless people in need.

And isn't life the most beautiful gift in the world?

Happy New Year!

Read more 16-12-2019

End-of-year period

We will be open for business throughout the holiday season with the exception of 25th December and New Year’s Day. All other days a skeleton team will handle urgent deliveries or collections. 

The Ysebaert team would like to thank you for the pleasant cooperation in 2019 and wishes you and your family a successful 2020.

Read more 03-12-2019

Metstrade 2019 - news from Victron Energy

This year too, Victron Energy was at METSTRADE in Amsterdam from 19 to 21 November.

Besides the MultiPlus-II 24/3000/70-35 and the Orion-Tr Smart DC-DC charger which we referred to earlier, 2 very interesting products attracted a lot of attention:

  • the Cerbo GX, the latest addition to the GX range with built-in Bluetooth, WiFi and the possibility of connecting a touch panel;
  • the Smartshunt with Bluetooth and VE.Direct port, available in 500A, 1000A and 2000A.

More information will follow about the Cerbo GX and Smartshunt. Both products will be available in Q1/2020

Read more 29-11-2019

Multiplus-II 24V 3000VA inverter/charger

Following on from the MultiPlus-II 48/3000, the 24V input voltage version is now available. However, this 24V version is not suitable for ESS systems, but rather is an alternative for the existing MultiPlus 24/3000.  
The MultiPlus-II has all the functionality of the MultiPlus such as PowerAssist, UPS, monitoring, … 

PowerAssist

The MultiPlus-II will prevent overload of a limited AC source, such as a generator or shore power connection. First, battery charging will automatically be reduced when otherwise an overload would occur. The second level will boost the output of a generator or shore side supply with power taken from the battery.

Uninterrupted power supply (UPS)

In the event of a grid failure, or when shore or generator power is disconnected, the inverter within the Multi is automatically activated and takes over the supply to the connected devices. This happens so fast (within 20 milliseconds) that computers and other electronic equipment will continue to operate without disruption.

Remote monitoring and control

Monitor and control your Multi and system or systems' locally (LAN) or remotely via the internet from anywhere in the world, using the free VRM app and VRM portal website. Access can be from a phone, tablet, laptop or PC for multiple operating systems. There is no end to the level of control, via the required Color Control GX or Venus GX, from adjusting your Multi to auto starting a back-up generator and more...
For automotive applications, E-marking in accordance with ECE R10-4 has been applied for.

More info on smartenergyshop.be.

Read more 28-11-2019

Phoenix Inverter Smart 3000VA by Victron Energy

We announced the launch of the Phoenix Inverter Smart 1600VA and 2000VA back in March. Today, we can also introduce the 3000VA version.

The Phoenix Inverter Smart is an efficient and reliable inverter. It is built on our proven field-tested platform and now comes in an even slimmer design and a completely metal housing. Models are available in 1600VA, 2000VA and 3000VA for 12, 24 or 48V systems.
The inverter is powerful enough to supply most plug-in devices in your car, boat, caravan or house. A toroidal transformer supplies high peak power surge capacity, stable voltage and frequency and a high-quality sine wave.
The system is simpler than ever, with terminals that are more easily accessible for the installer, thus enabling a more professional finish.
Bluetooth is built in, and makes setting up your high-power inverter easier than ever before. Configure alarms, alarm relay, voltage cut-off, eco-mode and a lot more besides. All from within Victron Connect.

More info in this datasheet and on smartenergyshop.be.

Read more 27-11-2019

How to charge lithium batteries with an alternator

Charging lithium batteries from an alternator, be that in a boat or vehicle, presents some challenges when compared to the straightforward nature of charging lead based batteries.

The video highlights these lithium challenges and shows you what can happen when things go wrong – namely alternator overheating, smoke and an expensive alternator replacement, not to mention the risk of a battery thermal event.

Challenges when charging lithium with an alternator

The two key issues demonstrated in the video are:

1. Alternator overheating
2. Alternator rectifier diodes failing because of over voltage after disconnect by a BMS

Conclusion

It’s only by using the correct lithium battery charging solution/s in a given situation, that you can be sure of system safety.

Victron have a range of solutions, like the Orion-Tr Smart DC-DC Charger Isolated, as well as the BMS 12/200 plus more on the way.

To watch this interesting video click here https://youtu.be/jgoIocPgOug.

Read more 28-10-2019

New DC/DC 3-stage battery charger from Victron Energy

The Orion-Tr Smart DC-DC charger is a professional DC to DC adaptive 3-stage charger with built-in Bluetooth. 

For use in dual battery systems in vehicles or on boats where the (smart) alternator and the start battery are used to charge the service battery.
The unit can be monitored and programmed via Bluetooth and can be remotely controlled via a remote on/off switch and has an engine running detection mechanism. Since, when the engine is running, these dynamos (powered by the on-board electronics of Euro 5 and 6 engines) do not always emit the correct charging current, a DC-DC converter is essential for charging the service battery properly.

The Orion Tr-Smart charger can be used in 12V or 24V systems and is suitable for both lead acid and lithium batteries. Models are available up to 400W and unlimited multiple units can be connected in parallel to increase output power. 

Suitable for high temperatures up to 55°C with a full rated output up to 40°C.

More info in this datasheet and on smartenergyshop.be.

Read more 25-10-2019

Wiring Unlimited - instructive book from Victron Energy

Victron Energy has published a free book full of useful information about electrical wiring of batteries, inverters, battery chargers and inverter/chargers. 
The book puts the emphasis on 'correct' wiring of systems to prevent problems at a later stage. Wiring faults often cause an energy system to underperform or even not work at all. 
This book is intended for anyone involved in the development, installation, commissioning or troubleshooting of a DC/AC energy system.
You can download the book here.

Read more 24-10-2019

Dragon Josephine, powered by Ysebaert

Theatre company Cie des 4 Saisons has developed a fully-automated dragon for their latest production, measuring 7 metres tall and 12 metres long. They have been working on their dragon, called 'Josephine', for the last 2 years. The dragon was designed to move, talk and puff out smoke! The entire structure is built around the forklift truck used as its skeleton. 

They asked us to advise on their energy system. We supplied 3 Lithium Smart 24V/200Ah batteries, a Skylla-TG 24/100 battery charger and BMS. This enabled them to control a hydraulic pump, allowing the dragon's neck and head to move, as well as giving it the ability to puff smoke. 

The new show tells the story of a dragon that fell asleep during the Middle Ages and woke up in our era, when everything has changed a lot. The show deals with themes such as the environmental transition and transgenders. The dragon identifies more as a woman than a man, and asks whether her name can be changed to Josephine.

We think that the result has been a great success!

Read more 04-10-2019

New type approvals by Synergrid

Inverters used in battery storage systems need to obtain type approval from Synergrid. The following new Victron Energy devices have been added to the C10/26 list:

Read more 26-09-2019

Introduction MPPT VE. Can

Victron Energy has launched the new MPPT with VE.Can connector. At present, 2 models are available: SmartSolar MPPT 150/70 VE.CAN & SmartSolar MPPT 150/100 VE.CAN, and the 150V, 85A plus 250V, 70A & 100A will follow later this year.

Up to 25 solar regulators can be connected via this VE.Can interface. It is simply connected with a single RJ45 cable. All the individual VE.Can SmartSolar battery chargers will coordinate their charge phases with each other once they are connected together.Once we connect it to the Color control GX , each MPPT can be monitored individually;with the previous generation, MPPTs could only be monitored as one unit. These models also have a VE.Direct port and Bluetooth.

Read more 25-09-2019

Award Victron Energy

We have been an experienced Victron Energy dealer for the last 45 years, during which time we have established an excellent reputation for giving advice. Victron Energy has rewarded our loyalty with the Victron Energy Award!

Victron Energy products are trendsetters in everything relating to power supply, energy storage and alternative energy. In places where there is no mains electricity or the current is inadequate, Victron equipment ensures that you can still benefit from every modern amenity.

We are looking forward to continuing our positive collaboration, and hope to be able to bring you Victron Energy for a long time to come.

You can view all Victron Energy products on our webshop

Read more 24-09-2019

Bollé Bollé installs off-grid energy systems in Tanzania

Bollé Bollé (a non-profit organisation operating in Tanzania) recently completed the installation of 3 off-grid energy systems in Tanzania. For the 2 schools and 1 hospital, Ysebaert supplied the Victron Energy charger/inverters, MPPT chargers, solar batteries and the necessary installation equipment and materials. The local installation was carried out entirely by volunteers from Bollé Bollé with the assistance of local workers. The result is worth looking at (in the photos).

Bollé Bollé has set up a separate page devoted to the Solar for Igunga project on its website: https://www.bollebolle.be/solar/

The aim of these projects is to guarantee the safety of children at school and patients in hospital. In addition, it is intended to familiarise the local population with the benefits of sustainable solar energy so that this can be implemented elsewhere in the district at a later stage.

We wrote this article to focus attention on the work by Bollé Bollé, and congratulate them on doing a great job.

Read more 27-06-2019

New Smart Lithium battery 12.8V - 200Ah by Victron Energy

Victron Energy has introduced a new ultralight Smart Lithium battery of 2560Wh.

This version is no less than 20 kg lighter than the heavier version (22 kg instead of 42 kg) and it is 2/3 smaller in volume.

Notwithstanding the 10% higher purchase price, this type of LiFePO4 Battery 12.8V/200Ah-a - Smart (BAT512120610) can be a suitable solution where weight and space are important.

Make sure when ordering that you choose the 'a' version.

You can find more information here.

 

Read more 26-06-2019

Multiplus II - 5kVa

Following on from the Multiplus II 3kVA, the new Multiplus II - 5kVA has been available for a few weeks now. This inverter/charger is mainly used in ESS systems and needs to be registered with Synergrid for this purpose. After approval, it will then be shown on the C10/26 list, and can be used in grid-connected systems.

At present, the approval procedure according to VDE-AR-N 4105 is ongoing, and the procedure can only be started by Synergrid after all those tests have been completed. We will keep you informed in one of our future newsletters.

Of course, the Multiplus II 5kVA can already be used in off-grid applications.

More information in this datasheet or in our Eshop.

Read more 28-05-2019

Phoenix Smart IP43 Charger

This adaptive five-step charger is intended for boat owners, and offers them charge current of 30A or 50A for each of three batteries. The Phoenix 1+1 model can also provide 3A to the starter battery and the rest to the 'house battery'. 24V models are available with 16A/25A charging. Since it works with Bluetooth, you can manage the charger and set alarms directly from your mobile phone. Adaptive, intelligent and dynamic charging functions - see the data sheet below. For charging with compensation for voltage and temperature, you need to order a wireless Smart Battery Sense.

Reminder: you need to order the AC power cable separately.

Bluetooth Smart enabled
Any Bluetooth enabled smart phone, tablet or other device can be used to monitor, to change settings and to update the charger when new software features become available.

Phoenix Smart (1+1): two outputs to charge 2 battery banks
The second output, limited to approximately 3A and with a slightly lower output voltage, is intended to top up a starter battery.

Phoenix Smart (3): three full current outputs to charge 3 battery banks
All outputs can supply the full rated output current.

Automatic voltage compensation
The charger compensates for voltage drop over the DC cabling by slightly increasing output voltage when the DC current increases. Please see the manual for details.

Adaptive 5-stage charge algorithm: bulk – absorption – recondition – float – storage
The Phoenix Smart Charger features our well-known ‘adaptive’ battery management system that can be preset to suit different types of batteries. The ‘adaptive’ feature will automatically optimise the charge process relative to the way the battery is being used.

The right amount of charge: variable absorption time
When only shallow discharges occur (a yacht connected to shore power for example) the absorption time is kept short in order to prevent overcharging of the battery. After a deep discharge the absorption time is automatically increased to make sure that the battery will be fully charged.

Preventing damage due to excessive gassing: the BatterySafe mode
If, in order to quickly charge a battery, a high charge current in combination with a high absorption voltage has been chosen, the charger will prevent damage due to excessive gassing by automatically limiting the rate of voltage increase once the gassing voltage has been reached (see the charge curve between 14,4 V and 15,0 V in fig. 2).

Less maintenance and aging when the battery is not in use: the Storage Mode 
The Storage Mode kicks in whenever the battery has not been subjected to discharge during 24 hours. In the Storage Mode float voltage is reduced to 2,2 V/cell (13,2 V for a 12 V battery) to minimise gassing and corrosion of the positive plates. Once a week the voltage is raised back to the absorption level to ‘equalize’ the battery. This feature prevents stratification of the electrolyte and sulphation, a major cause of early battery failure.

Also charges Li-ion (LiFePO?) batteries
Charger on-off control can be implemented by connecting a relay or open collector optocoupler output from a Li-ion BMS to the remote on-off port. Alternatively full control of voltage and current can be achieved with Bluetooth.

Fully programmable charge algorithm
The charge algorithm can be programmed with help of Bluetooth or the VE.Direct interface. Three preprogrammed algorithms can be selected with the mode button (see specifications).

Remote on-off
The remote on/off consists of two terminals: Remote H and Remote L. A remote on/off switch or relay contact can be connected between H and L. Alternatively, terminal H can be pulled high, or terminal L can be pulled low. See manual for details.

VE.Direct interface
For a wired data connection to a Color Control panel, PC or other devices. Please see the VictronConnect app under Downloads / Software on our website.

Programmable relay
Can be programmed using the VE.Direct interface or a Bluetooth enabled device to trip on an alarm or other events.

More information in this datasheet or in our Eshop.

Read more 27-05-2019

Bluesolar PWM charge controller with USB output and LCD screen

Victron Energy has launched a new series of solar charge controllers with an LCD screen and 2 USB outputs. The models for 12 and 24 V battery voltage have automatic voltage detection and range from 5A to 30A. The 48V models have a charge current of 10, 20 or 30A. 

Liquid crystal display
For status monitoring and set-up

Load output
Over-discharge of the battery can be prevented by connecting all loads to the load output. The load output will disconnect the load when the battery has been discharged to a pre-set voltage. Some loads (especially inverters) can best be connected directly to the battery, and the inverter remote control connected to the load output. A special interface cable may be needed, please see the manual. The connect and disconnect voltages are adjustable.

Day/night timing of the load output
This option allows for a pre-set ON-time after dusk.

Programmable battery charge algorithm
Preprogrammed algorithms for AGM, GEL, Flooded or LiFePO4 batteries (with internal BMS only)

Two 5 Volt USB outputs
Maximum current (both outputs combined): 2A

More information in this datasheet or in our Eshop.

Read more 24-05-2019

Using the Victron Connect App for firmware updates

We have noticed that users of the Victron Connect App assume that they need an Internet connection to upgrade compatible products. That is not the case: all the firmware files are bundled in the App itself, provided you are using the latest version of the Victron Connect App.

It is advisable always to install the latest firmware so as to install bug fixes and new functionality. When connecting to the equipment, the Victron Connect App will tell you if there is a new firmware version.

You can find more information about Victron Connect here: https://www.victronenergy.com/live/victronconnect:start

Read more 26-04-2019

NEW - Phoenix Inverter Smart 1600 and 2000VA

Victron Energy launches a new series of inverters with Smart technology of 1600VA and 2000VA. The Phoenix Inverter Smart is characterized by:

Bluetooth built-in: fully configurable with a tablet or smartphone

- Low battery voltage alarm
- Low battery voltage cut-off and restart levels
- Dynamic cut-off: load dependent cut-off level
- Output voltage: 210 - 245V
- Frequency: 50 Hz or 60 Hz
- ECO mode on/off and ECO mode sense level
- Alarm relay

Monitoring:
In- and output voltage, load and alarms

VE.Direct communication port
The VE.Direct port can be connected to a computer (VE.Direct to USB interface cable needed) to configure and monitor the same parameters.

Proven reliability
The full bridge plus toroidal transformer topology has proven its reliability over many years.
The inverters are short circuit proof and protected against overheating, whether due to overload or high ambient temperature.

High start-up power
Needed to start loads such as power converters for LED lamps, halogen lamps or electric tools.

ECO mode
When in ECO mode, the inverter will switch to standby when the load decreases below a preset value. Once in standby the inverter will switch on for a short period every 2,5 seconds (adjustable).
If the load exceeds the preset level, the inverter will remain on.

Remote on/off
A remote on/off switch or relay contact can be connected to a two pole connector.
Alternatively, the H terminal (left) of the two pole connector can be switched to battery plus, or the L terminal (right) of the two pole connector can be switched to battery minus (or the chassis of a vehicle, for example).

More info in this datasheet and on smartenergyshop.be.

Read more 22-03-2019

NEW - Lithium SuperPack batteries from Victron Energy

The SuperPack batteries are extremely easy to install, needing no additional components. The internal switch will disconnect the battery in case of over discharge, over charge or high temperature.

Abuse proof
A lead-acid battery will fail prematurely due to sulfation:
• If it operates in deficit mode during long periods of time (i.e. if the battery is rarely, or never at all, fully charged).
• If it is left partially charged or worse, fully discharged.

A Lithium-Ion battery does not need to be fully charged. Service life even slightly improves in case of partial charge instead of a full charge. This is a major advantage of Li-ion compared to lead-acid.

The SuperPack batteries will cut-off the charge or discharge current when the maximum ratings are exceeded.

Efficient
In several applications (especially off-grid solar), energy efficiency can be of crucial importance.
The round-trip energy efficiency (discharge from 100% to 0% and back to 100% charged) of the average lead-acid battery is 80%. The round-trip energy efficiency of a Li-ion battery is 92%.
The charge process of lead-acid batteries becomes particularly inefficient when the 80% state of charge has been reached, resulting in efficiencies of 50% or even less in solar systems where several days of reserve energy are required (battery operating in 70% to 100% charged state).
In contrast, a Li-ion battery will still achieve 90% efficiency even under shallow discharge conditions.

Can be connected in parallel
The batteries can be connected in parallel. Series connection is not allowed. Use in upright position only.

More info in this datasheet and on smartenergyshop.be.

Read more 21-03-2019

miniBMS - a simple and low cost alternative to the VE.Bus BMS

The miniBMS can replace the VE.Bus BMS in several applications. The miniBMS is intended for use with Victron Smart LiFePo4 batteries with M8 circular connectors.
It is however not suitable for use with VE.Bus MultiPlus and Quattro inverter/chargers: it has no VE.Bus interface. 

The miniBMS has two outputs, similar to the VE.Bus BMS. 

More info in this datasheet and on smartenergyshop.be.

Read more 20-03-2019

New at Victron Energy - Smart Battery Protect

The Smart Battery Protect disconnects the battery from non-essential consumption before it becomes completely discharged (which can damage the battery) or before it has insufficient power left for the motor to cut in. The in/output can be used as an on/off switch system.

By using Bluetooth to program this Smart Battery Protect, all the required levels for switching on/off can be set. As an alternative, one of the nine predefined levels for switching on/off can be set with the programming pin (see manual).

Smart Battery Protect is available in 65A, 100A and 220A for 12V/24V systems and 100A for 48V systems. 

Feel free to contact us for more information or take a look at the datasheets:

Read more 27-02-2019

SmartSolarStorage battery storage updated

With the arrival of the new MultiPlus-II (see news report of 18/5/2018), we have completely overhauled our S³ battery storage system. The new version is compact, plug & play and cheaper than its predecessor. A system is easy to install in combination with the modular PylonTech Lithium ion batteries. The S³ comes completely pre-programmed and is connected in parallel to the electrical installation. More info on our website or in this document.

Read more 27-09-2018

New forum: Victron Community

For technical questions and discussions about Victron Energy products, you could always consult the Victron blog by using the Discus Comments. To make the forum more manageable, Victron Energy has set up a new forum, Victron Community.

https://community.victronenergy.com

This forum is a useful supplement to the support policy of Victron Energy and definitely worth a visit.

If you need support, we recommend in the first instance consulting the Victron Energy Support Policy

Of course, customers can always call on the know-how that Ysebaert has acquired over the years.

Read more 26-02-2019

Info session for Victron Energy products

On March 22 (Dutch) and April 23 (French) we organize information sessions about Victron Energy products.

Program:

  • Overview of the products and their application
  • Overview of the available software (VRM, VEConfigure, app's, ...)
  • Sample calculation of small systems

We start at 9 am and end at 3 pm; a sandwich meal is provided.
This sessions will take place at our offices in Wommelgem, and participation is free after registration.

Read more 15-02-2019

Training course for battery storage and off-grid

On March 7 (Dutch) and March 15 (French) we organize information sessions on battery storage (SmartSolarStorage) and off-grid solutions.

  • Choice of battery technology
  • Battery storage with S³ 1F
  • Battery storage with S³ 3F + N
  • Special applications
  • Off-grid solutions
  • Off-grid, how to dimension?

We start at 9 am and end at 3 pm; a sandwich meal is provided.
This sessions will take place at our offices in Wommelgem, and participation is free after registration.

Read more 14-02-2019

Victron GX monitoring comparison table

On the Victron Live page, you will find a convenient comparison table of the GX product family for the monitoring of energy systems:

The table shows in a manageable presentation:

  • a link to the product page and the manual;
  • the Victron communication ports;
  • integration with other makes of batteries and solar inverters;
  • available communication ports;
  • I/O ports
  • dimensions and references to standards and approvals.

This page is definitely worth a visit.

Read more 17-12-2018

Venus OS 2.20 'scheduled charging'

Victron Energy recently launched version 2.20 of its Venus OS software, which is the software in the Color Control GX, the Venus GX and the Octo GX. New features in this version are 'Scheduled Charging' for ESS systems, addition of the GX GSM and a ‘Start Equalize’ button.

In 'Scheduled Charging', 5 time settings can be programmed when the ESS system can use the mains supply to charge the battery. This can be useful for charging at times when mains tariffs are low. It is also possible to define a percentage up to which the batteries must be charged.

You can find the whole change log here.

Read more 29-11-2018

Greenrock salt water battery

Storage of solar energy is an environment-friendly power supply technique. Greenrock ecological salt water batteries are a great addition to our range.

As an alternative to lithium batteries, we are now able to incorporate these in the S³ SmartSolarStorage system. The stacks have a nominal capacity of 2.7kWh at a charge and discharge current of 4A. The stacks can be connected in parallel almost without any limit.

More info in this datasheet.

Read more 28-11-2018

GX GSM

Victron Energy is introducing the GX GSM as an addition to the GX series. It is a mobile modem and provides mobile Internet for the energy system and a connection with Victron Remote Management (VRM). It requires a SIM card (full-size) and connects to the Venus device via the USB cable supplied (1m).

A small indoor GSM antenna is included. An outdoor GSM antenna is available as an option. 

Besides the Internet, the GX GSM also has a GPS receiver. To use it, the optional active GSM antenna must be connected.

More information in our Eshop.

Read more 27-11-2018

Info session for new Victron Energy products

Only in Dutch.

Read more 25-10-2018

Training course for battery storage and off-grid

Only in Dutch.

Read more 30-10-2018

New "automotive" certificates from Victron Energy

Electronic equipment in vehicles must have an E-mark. Victron Energy has once again approved a series of devices:

Click the link to view the certificates.
Read more 23-10-2018

Power shortage in Belgium

Will the power be disabled in your municipality?

Be prepared and purchase a backup system. Ysebaert delivers silent systems that you or your electrician can install in just a few hours. The system essentially consists of an integrated inverter/charger and a battery.

In the below document we present this system.

Read more 28-09-2018

Video tutorial for VEconfigure

Victron Energy is introducing more and more 'Smart' products, which makes them easy to configure. For larger systems with VEBus products (Multis, Quattros, …), the programming has to be done with the VEConfigure software app. The video tutorial 'VEConfigure3 Basic' is a must for any installer of Victron Energy products. After viewing the video, you can download the software app here.

If existing installations are changed, it may be necessary to upgrade the firmware of VEBus products. A convenient video tutorial has also been developed for this.

Read more 26-09-2018

Instruction film on the SmartSolar MPPT250/100

The SmartSolar MPPT 250/100 is the most powerful MPPT solar charge controller in the Victron Energy MPPT range – ideal for larger installations.

Why not take a look at this high end product in the latest video from the Victron Energy instructional video series.

SmartSolar MPPT 250/100 :

  • Bluetooth Smart built-in
  • Ultra-fast Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT)
  • Advanced Maximum Power Point Detection in case of partial shading conditions
  • Outstanding conversion efficiency
  • Automatic battery voltage recognition
  • Flexible charge algorithm
  • Extensive electronic protection
  • Internal temperature sensor
  • VE.Direct for wired data to a Color Control GX or Venus GX
  • Remote on-off
  • Programmable relay
  • Optional: pluggable LCD display

More information in this datasheet or on our SmartEnergyShop.

Read more 21-06-2018

New Victron Energy charger/converter MultiPlus-II 48V

The MultiPlus-II combines the functions of the MultiPlus and the MultiGrid. It has all the features of the MultiPlus, plus an external current transformer option which extends the PowerControl and PowerAssist function to 100A. It also has all the features of the MultiGrid with built-in anti-islanding and an increasingly long list of country approvals.

PowerAssist

The MultiPlus-II will prevent overload of a limited AC source, such as a generator or shore power connection. First, battery charging will automatically be reduced when otherwise an overload would occur. The second level will boost the output of a generator or shore side supply with power taken from the battery.

ESS: Energy Storage Systems

The MultiPlus-II is the key component in a Victron ESS system, providing the flexibility to combine with MPPT Solar Chargers or Grid-tie PV Inverters. For examples and more detailed information see the ESS Design & installation manual.

Uninterrupted AC power (UPS function)

In the event of a grid failure, or when shore or generator power is disconnected, the inverter within the Multi is automatically activated and takes over the supply to the connected loads. This happens so fast (less than 20 milliseconds) that computers and other electronic equipment will continue to operate without disruption.

Remote Monitoring and Control

Monitor and control your Multi and system or systems' locally (LAN) or remotely via the internet from anywhere in the world, using the free VRM app and free VRM portal website. Access can be from a phone, tablet, laptop or PC for multiple operating systems. There is no end to the level of control, via the required Color Control GX or Venus GX, from adjusting your Multi to auto starting a back generator and more...

More information:

Read more 18-05-2018

New models of Lithium Smart batteries

Several Lithium Smart batteries will be replaced by new models. This datasheet gives you a review of the end-of-life models and the new models. We still have stock of current models and these will remain available until sold out:

  • 12,8V/90Ah, PN: BAT512090410 (last sale expected 2019 Q1)
  • 12,8V/100Ah, PN: BAT512110510 (last sale expected in 2018 Q2, this model was only recently introduced)
  • 12,8V/160Ah, PN: BAT512116410 (last sale expected in 2019 Q4)

Please notice that the new models include a 24V (25,6V) version with a capacity of 200Ah (5120Wh).

For further details and additional information, see this datasheet, which shows both the old and the new models or on www.smartenergyshop.be

Read more 17-05-2018

Phoenix Inverter Control VE.Direct

Victron Energy is introducing a beautiful remote control with on-off switch and LED indicator specially designed for Phoenix VE.Direct inverters.
This panel is intended for all Phoenix VE.Direct inverters. 
More info in the SmartEnergyShop.

Read more 26-04-2018

Lithium battery with built-in BMS and E-label

In addition to our range of lithium batteries, we introduce the AMPS LiFePO4 series on 12V with a capacity of 100Ah or 120Ah. The batteries can be connected in series/parallel to 48V and they are approved for automotive applications (E-label). We recommend using a "Battery-to-Battery" charger to charge the batteries correctly and safely through the alternator (EURO6).

The advantages of lithium batteries are well known over conventional batteries.
They are superior on every level - everyone wants them, however, installing them on vehicles/boats, up to now, was not that simple and required a lot of knowledge because of fears of expensive damage as lithium has a very  specific envelope for their charging and discharging curves.
For many years people have wanted a simple / easy solution to installing lithium batteries in the automotive industry. This includes: commercial vehicles, campervans, caravans, military, police and ambulances.
However, due to the specific incompatibility with charging voltages and currents on board the vehicles (exacerbated by the new Euro 6+ vehicle’s engines with smart alternator technology) and the requirements of the battery. The two things simply could not safely be brought together without a very elaborate intermediary system linked into a BMS for the lithium battery. All these fears are now overcome; today we have lithium batteries with built in BMS and automatic shutdown systems that take care of the cell safety and extreme faults that may be presented to a lithium battery. With the simple addition of a Battery to Battery charger the correct voltage and current profile is provided to the battery from the vehicle's alternator with no integration fuss. This means, when your alternator voltage is low, the battery to battery charger increases the voltage and when your alternator's voltage is too high the battery to battery charger decreases it.
Also, when you have too much current, the battery to battery charger reduces the current, thus, presenting the lithium battery with its ideal safe voltage and current requirements. This has never been so important than with the modern Euro 5/6 vehicle applications.

More info in this datasheet and on smartenergyshop.be.

Read more 23-10-2017

Smart Battery Sense - Voltage and Temperature sense

Smart Battery Sense is a wireless battery voltage and temperature sensor for Victron MPPT Solar Chargers.

With voltage and temperature sense in place, batteries will be better charged; improving charging-efficiency and prolonging battery life.

By measuring voltage at the battery bank terminals, errors arising from voltage-loss due to cable resistance are avoided - guaranteeing the correct charge-voltage.

For lead batteries, battery temperature data is used to adjust the charge-voltages: cold batteries require an increased charge-voltage, whereas hot batteries require a decreased charge-voltage. For lithium batteries temperature data is used to disable charging when they are too cold: charging lithium batteries near or below freezing causes permanent damage to the cells.

The connection between Smart Battery Sense and one or more Solar Charger(s) is wireless: It uses VE.Smart Network - a wireless technology based on Bluetooth Smart.

Information transmitted can be used simultaneously by one, two or more Solar Chargers connected to the same 12V, 24V and 48V battery bank. The Smart Network is set up using the VictronConnect app.

Installation is simple, quick and tidy. Just connect the unit's two eyelets to your battery terminals and attach the Smart Battery Sense unit directly onto the battery-body using its self-adhesive strip.

More info on smartenergyshop.be.

Read more 24-04-2018

Lithium batteries from Victron with E-certification

The 12.8V Smart Lithium batteries from Victron Energy and the corresponding VE.Bus BMS are now E-certified. With the "automotive" certification, they are now also suitable for use in all kinds of mobile applications (buses, service vans, medical cars, etc.).

The E-mark guarantees that the devices are safe for installation in mobile applications with regard to their electromagnetic emission and isolation. In other words, they cannot disturb other safety devices, and are not themselves subject to external sources of interference.

You can view the certificates here.

Read more 27-02-2018

Victron Connect App revamped

Use the Victron Connect App to monitor, configure and update the Victron products below:

  • Products with a built-in VE.Direct port (via a VE.Direct Bluetooth Dongle)
  • Products with Smart technology (built-in Bluetooth)

Use the updated Victron Connect App on your smartphone (iOS or Android) to connect wirelessly to these products.

New features in this version are:

  • Several languages available
  • Faster
  • More intuitive
  • Tablet layout
  • On-screen help
  • Simplified for end users

Download this app in App Store (iOS) or Play Store (Android).

Read more 26-02-2018

Instruction films on Venus GX from Victron Energy

Venus GX is the communication centre of your installation. Use Venus GX to address all components in your system and ensure that they work in harmony with each other. Use your smartphone (or another device) to monitor live data and change settings via our free Victron Remote Management Portal.

To quickly familiarise yourself with the many possibilities of this device, you can view an introduction video (Introduction to the Venus GX). If you would like to know how to connect to the Venus GX, the following video is very instructive: How to connect to the Venus GX.

 

Read more 23-02-2018

Hybrid drives from Fischer Panda at the Belgian Boat Show

At the Belgian Boat Show 2018, we will feature the electric drives from Fischer Panda at the stand of our partner Carron Marine. The 10kW parallel hybrid drive and the super-quiet Neo5000 PMS generator will be in the spotlight.

Carron Marine has years of experience with the installation, overhaul and maintenance of ship engines and propellers. Together with the expertise of Ysebaert in the field of generators, this guarantees a perfect installation of electric and hybrid drives on board ships.

Be sure to visit Booth 8303 from Carron Marine during the BBS from 10 to 12 February and from 16 to 18 February.

Read more 26-01-2018

Info sessions "SmartSolarStorage"

The theme of “battery storage” is particularly relevant today and is featured in the news almost daily. 

For interested professionals (installers, dealers, architects...) we organize information sessions where we explain our different systems in detail.

  • Session in Dutch on February 6 from 1PM to 5PM
  • Session in Dutch on February 14 from 9.30AM to 1.30PM
  • Session in English/French on February 20 from 9.30AM to 1.30PM

This sessions will take place at our offices in Wommelgem, and participation is free after registration.

Read more 17-01-2018

Battery storage in the Energy Pact - Ysebaert is ready and waiting

Part of the recent Energy Pact of the various authorities in Belgium is energy storage in batteries. Battery storage is regarded as one of the solutions to guarantee our energy supply, even after the closure of the nuclear power plants.

In 2017 Ysebaert delivered some 50 systems to companies and private individuals. The motivations for purchasing an energy storage system are very diverse:

  • Ecological: maximum use of self-generated energy (sun, wind, hydropower, CHP)
  • Functional: backup system (no-break) with maximum utilisation of the battery capacity
  • Economical: absorbing peaks in consumption, which can avoid having to increase the power connection

Notwithstanding the fact that a cost-benefit analysis does not always favour energy storage, we see that the benefits are persuasive for these "early adopters".

An exploratory conversation with us or one of our installers might convince you to install an energy storage system.

More info with Luc Baeyens

Read more 18-12-2017

New 250V MPPT Solar Charge Controllers from Victron Energy

Four new models were added to Victron Energy’s MPPT charge controllers. The ultra-fast MPPT Solar Charge Controllers with optional plug-in LCD display are available with MC-4 or Tr cable connection:

The SmartSolar series has a built-in Bluetooth module that allows set-up and monitoring via smartphone or another Bluetooth device.

More information in this datasheet or via the shortcuts above to our SmartEnergyShop.

Read more 28-11-2017

Energy Storage System with PylonTech Lithium batteries

This month we made our first installation with PylonTech Lithium batteries (see previous news). At the request of our customer, the system was built into an industrial housing so that on-site installation could be kept to a minimum. With 6 modules of 2.4kWh, the system has a usable battery capacity of 13.2kWh and with 3 MultiGrid inverters of 3000VA, 9000VA power directly available in a 3-phase configuration.

The ESS system is controlled through a Venus GX from Victron Energy, enabling remote control and reading.

If you are interested in battery storage, please contact Luc Baeyens at +32 3 3280673 or luc.baeyens@ysebaert.be.

Read more 27-11-2017

PylonTech Lithium batteries, new in our range

The Lithium battery from Pylontech has been specially developed for battery storage in residential and SME environments. Due to its modular design, up to 12 modules with a rated power of 2.4kWh can be connected in parallel in order to achieve a total battery capacity of 28.8kWh. The 19" modules can be built into a rack, or up to 4 modules can be stacked using optional brackets.

Each module, with a nominal voltage of 48VDC, has a built-in BMS (Battery Management System) to protect cells against extreme temperatures, voltages, currents, SoC and SoH. The battery is designed for a lifespan of 4500 cycles at a DoD of 80% at 25°C.

Two versions are available:

  • US2000B Plus with control and front cable connection
  • Phantom-S with cable connection at the rear and elegant glass front panel

The modules are supplied with cables as standard to connect multiple modules (up to 4) in parallel. The connection cable with the inverter must be ordered separately as well as the data cable (CAN).

Pylontech Lithium batteries can be perfectly integrated into an ESS system from Victron Energy. On request, we can compose a "self-assembly package" or offer you a ready-made system.

Read more 24-11-2017

New generator Fischer Panda 4000s.Neo

In the course of continuous development, the very successful marine generator Panda 4000s is now equipped with the FPE 320 diesel engine developed by Fischer Panda. 

From now on, the Panda 4000s.Neo replaces the former Panda 4000s FC. 
The constant-speed synchronous generator Panda 4000s.Neo is the entry-level model; it is perfect for skippers with low power requirements on board (output: 3.4 kW). With 92 kg it is very light in weight. Thanks to its compact dimensions L: 558 x W: 460 x H 518 mm, it is easy to install even when the space on board is limited. 

The Panda 4000s.Neo is characterized by its stable voltage and frequency. 
Compared to the previous model, the new sound insulation capsule is even more efficient and noise and vibrations during operation have been reduced even further. 

The new 1-cylinder engine has been successfully installed in the Panda 5000i.Neo inverter generator with variable speed for more than 12 months. The engine is 100% water cooled and has been especially designed for the demands of smaller yachts.

More info in this datasheet and on smartenergyshop.be.

Read more 24-10-2017

Expansion AGM SuperCycle range

In June we announced the introduction of Victron Energy’s first 3 AGM SuperCycle batteries. This series has now been complemented with 25Ah, 38Ah, 60Ah and 125Ah. The batteries offer 100% DoD (Depth of Discharge) performance thanks to new insights into the electrochemical processes of AGM batteries.

We recommend these batteries for applications where 100% discharges do occasionally occur or where a 60-80% DoD is regularly expected.

More info in this datasheet and on smartenergyshop.be.

Read more 25-09-2017

Battery monitor with Bluetooth built-in

With Bluetooth built-in, the BMV712 Smart is ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) era. With Bluetooth being implemented in most other Victron Energy products, wireless communication between products will simplify system installation and enhance performance.
An additional advantage is the fact that the VE-direct port is not used for a Bluetooth dongle so it allows you to connect the BMV712 with the CCGX, for instance, and still get a readout on your smartphone.

Download the Victron Bluetooth app
Use a smartphone or other Bluetooth enabled device to

  • customize settings,
  • monitor all important data on single screen,
  • view historical data, and to
  • update the software when new features become available.

Easy to install
All electrical connections are to the quick connect PCB on the current shunt. The shunt connects to the monitor with a standard RJ12 telephone cable. Included: RJ 12 cable (10 m) and battery cable with fuse (2 m); no other components needed.
Also included are a separate front bezel for a square or round display appearance, a securing ring for rear mounting and screws for front mounting.

Midpoint voltage monitoring
One bad cell or one bad battery can destroy a large, expensive battery bank. When batteries are connected in series, a timely warning can be generated by measuring the midpoint voltage. Please see the BMV manual, section 5.2, for more information.
We recommend our Battery Balancer (BMS012201000) to maximize service life of series-connected lead-acid batteries.

Very low current draw from the battery
Current consumption: 0,7Ah per month (1mA) @12V and 0,6Ah per month (0,8mA) @ 24V
Especially Li-ion batteries have virtually no capacity left when discharged until low voltage shutdown.
After shutdown due to low cell voltage, the capacity reserve of a Li-ion battery is approximately 1Ah per 100Ah battery capacity. The battery will be damaged if the remaining capacity reserve is drawn from the battery. A residual current of 10mA for example may damage a 200Ah battery if the system is left in discharged state during more than 8 days.

Bi-stable alarm relay
Prevents increased current draw in case of an alarm

Other features

  • Battery voltage, current, power, ampere-hours consumed and state of charge
  • Remaining time at the current rate of discharge
  • Programmable visual and audible alarm
  • Programmable relay, to turn off non critical loads or to run a generator when needed
  • 500 Amp quick connect shunt and connection kit
  • Shunt selection capability up to 10.000 Amps
  • VE.Direct communication port
  • Stores a wide range of historical events, which can be used to evaluate usage patterns and battery health
  • Wide input voltage range: 9,5 – 95V
  • High current measurement resolution: 10 mA (0,01A)
  • Additional input to measure voltage (of a second battery), temperature or midpoint voltage, and corresponding alarm and relay settings.

More info in this datasheet and on smartenergyshop.be.

Read more 22-09-2017

Venus GX - The ColorControl GX without display

The Venus GX provides intuitive control and monitoring for all Victron power systems. The list of Victron products that can be connected is endless: Inverters, Multis, Quattros, MPPT solar chargers, BMV battery monitors, Lynx Ion + Shunt and more.

VRM Online Portal
All readings are forwarded to our free remote monitoring website: the VRM Online Portal. To get an impression, try the demo on https://vrm.victronenergy.com.

Remote Console on VRM
The way to access the device for setting up, as well as monitoring, is via Remote Console. Either via VRM, via the built-in WiFi Access Point, or on the local LAN/WiFi network.

Automatic genset start/stop
A highly customizable start/stop system. Use state of charge, voltage, load and other parameters. Define a special set of rules for quiet times, and optionally a monthly test run.

The heart of ESS – Energy Storage System
The Venus GX is the Energy Manager in an ESS system. More information in the ESS manual.

Data logging
When connected to the internet, all data is sent to the VRM Portal. When there is no internet connection available, the Venus GX will store the data internally, up to 48 hours. By inserting a micro SD-card or USB stick, more data can be stored. These files can then be uploaded to the VRM Portal, or offline converted with the VictronConnect app, for analysis.

Inputs
The Venus GX also has 3 tank level inputs (0-180 ohm) and 2 temperature inputs.

Supported products
Take a look at the datasheet to learn more about the supported products.

More info in this datasheet and on smartenergyshop.be.

Read more 19-09-2017

High Energy Lithium Ion batteries and BMS from Victron Energy

Victron Energy introduces 2 new High Energy (HE) Lithium Ion batteries with associated BMS, 24V-100Ah and 24V-200Ah. The batteries can be connected in series (up to 48V) and parallel (up to 64 units). The batteries have a lifespan of 2000 cycles at 80% DoD. The compact size and low weight (28.6 kg for 5kWh) are strong assets.

The compact "all-in-one" Lynx-Ion BMS significantly reduces installation time and features 4 secured battery connections, 4 secured DC outputs, a security relay, a shunt and a BMS. That considerably simplifies installation.

The entire installation can be operated and monitored, also remotely, through the Color Control GX or Venus GX.

More info in this datasheet and on smartenergyshop.be.

Read more 20-06-2017

Ysebaert SmartSolarStorage at Batibouw 2017

Ysebaert is presenting its various solutions for battery storage at Batibouw.

With the S³ Smart Solar Storage you make your home or SME self-sufficient. Store up your extra solar energy during the day, then use it in the evening. The concept in a nutshell:

  • Energy storage in an innovative lithium battery
  • Intelligent and automatic
  • Easy installation and integration (plug & play)
  • Increases your independence in case of power failure (back-up)
  • 230V AC-coupled
  • Modular

In addition to our S³ concept, we are also presenting the EasySolar, which can be used in both off-grid and mains-coupled systems.

The MultiGrid with integrated net uncoupling is also being given the necessary attention.

More information during your visit to Batibouw! (stand 12 306).

Read more 24-01-2017

New AGM Super Cycle battery

Victron Energy brings new products to market at an amazing pace; now 3 new AGM Super Cycle 100Ah, 170Ah and 230Ah batteries at C20. The batteries offer 100% DoD (Depth of Discharge) performance thanks to new insights into the electrochemical processes of AGM batteries.

We recommend these batteries for applications where 100% discharges do occasionally occur or where a 60-80% DoD is regularly expected.

More info in this datasheet and on smartenergyshop.be.

Read more 19-06-2017

New Multi 800VA from Victron Energy

In addition to the small Multi 500VA, Victron Energy is now also introducing the Multiplus 800VA. This charger/inverter has a similar compact plastic housing. Compared to its little brother, the 800VA offers both PowerAssist and PowerControl and can also be connected in parallel or in 3-phase. The Multi 800VA is available with 12-24-48 VDC input voltage and has a 16A bypass current.

More info in this datasheet and on smartenergyshop.be

Read more 16-06-2017

New instruction videos for Victron Energy's BMV battery monitor

Victron Energy has made 2 new videos for the BMV battery monitor.

The first video clearly indicates the correct method to connect the BMV monitor.

The second video explains in more detail how to check the state of charge of the battery, and the parameters to determine when the battery can be considered as full (Sync).

Both are recommended, please follow this link.

Read more 26-04-2017

New 12.8V Lithium battery with Bluetooth feature from Victron Energy

Victron Energy has launched 5 new Lithium-iron-phosphate batteries with a nominal voltage of 12.8V on the market, the LiFePO4 Battery Smart.

The main characteristics are:

  • Integrated active cell balancing and cell monitoring
  • Can be connected in series / parallel (4 in series and up to 10 in parallel)
  • Cell voltage, temperature and alarm status are checked through Bluetooth
  • 70% of weight and space savings.
  • 2500 cycles with DoD of 80% and 5000 cycles with DoD of 50%

More information in this datasheet or in our Eshop.

Read more 27-04-2017

Instruction video Upgrade ColorControl CCGX firmware to v2.00

Victron Energy has released a new tutorial video for the update of a Color Control (CCGX). Actually, this upgrade cannot be installed automatically via the Internet and so requires a one-time manual installation. After this initial upgrade, future updates can be installed automatically.
This new version is packed with new features and improvements, and after watching this tutorial, the upgrade is easy to perform.

Read more 28-03-2017

Peak Power Pack - the ideal solution for brief high currents

The Peak Power Pack Victron Energy is a Li-ion battery with intrinsically safe LiFePO4 cells and an internal charger. The Peak Power Pack is a lightweight battery pack that can deliver very large currents at a nominal voltage of 12V, allowing it to be used for example for caravan maneuvering systems that would otherwise require a large and heavy lead-acid battery. The Peak Power Pack also has many other applications where brief high current and / or low weight are of great importance. The Peak Power Pack can be charged with the included AC adapter, with a solar panel or through the alternator of a vehicle or boat.

There are four types from 8Ah to 40Ah; for more info or to order go to our SmartEnergyShop.

Read more 27-03-2017

Partnership between Fischer Panda and Victron Energy

Victron Energy and Fischer Panda have announced a "Marine Alliance" at a press conference at Boot Düsseldorf. Through intensive cooperation in the field of R&D, sales and service, “marine” customers will get an integrated solution and full service for their energy system.

For many years, Ysebaert has been a dealer for both companies. This cooperation gives us more options to offer you customized solutions.

Especially for this occasion, a brochure was created with five basic systems; it can be downloaded here.

You can read the announcement of their partnership on the Fischer Panda or Victron Energy website.

Read more 24-03-2017

Info sessions "SmartSolarStorage"

The theme of “battery storage” is particularly relevant today and is featured in the news almost daily. At Batibouw 2017, we again presented our different solutions to the general public.

For interested professionals (installers, dealers, architects...) we organize information sessions where we explain our different systems in detail.

  • Session in Dutch on May 3 from 9AM to 1PM

This sessions will take place at our offices in Wommelgem, and participation is free after registration.

Read more 21-04-2017

New programming interface MK3-USB

Victron Energy is introducing a new interface MK3-USB. The interface was developed in order to support future applications and will ultimately replace the MK2-USB.

The MK3-USB is used for configuring (see our previous newsitem) the following products:

  • MultiGrid
  • MultiPlus
  • Quattro
  • Inverter (only models with a VE.Bus communication port)
  • ECOmulti
  • EasySolar
  • EasyPlus

More information in our Eshop.

Read more 22-02-2017

Instructional video for VEConfigure 3

Victron Energy has released another instructional video for VEConfigure 3.

This video shows the basics of using the software which allows you to program and update setting in VE.Bus products such as Phoenix Inverters, Multis and Quattros.

Take a look at the video.

Read more 21-02-2017

Victron Energy´s new VRM website

The Victron Remote Management website has been given a makeover.

The portal is now faster, has better graphics and a more intuitive navigation. Above all the main graphic now shows more information; the consumption, the solar output and the SOC of the battery are now displayed per hour and no longer per 2 hours (which sometimes caused confusion). By moving with the mouse over the graphic, one also gets to see all the details per hour.

With each installation, notes and photos can now also be added which can certainly signify an added value for public installations.

The mobile version of the portal for smartphones and tablets is also improved and the portal loads faster for all platforms.  

If you are not yet familiar with the VRM portal, be sure to check out the portal of our Smart Hybrid Energy System.

Read more 23-01-2017

Multigrid on Synergrid´s list of approved devices

Victron Energy’s Multigrid is a special version of the MultiPlus charger/converter and specially-developed for mains-linked battery storage systems. Various hardware and firmware adaptations have been implemented in order to satisfy the standard VDE-AR-N 4105.

On the basis of this standard the Multigrid is approved by Synergrid (list C10/26) for use in mains-linked systems without an extra ENS (mains circuit breaker).

This makes installation simpler (fewer components) and thus less expensive.

The Multigrid can be delivered for 12V-24V-48V and supplies a power of 3000VA.

More information in the datasheet.

Read more 21-12-2016

Victron Energy launches new software ESS

Energy Storage Systems - ESS for short - is the new software for energy systems in combination with our Color Control.

For new installations, the various HUB versions (Hub1, Hub2 and Hub4) are replaced by a single all-embracing software. This substantially simplifies the setup and configuration.

Several new functions have also been integrated, and the functioning is easier to understand.

From now on, various solar energy systems (PV grid inverter, MPPT solar controller) can be combined and, in certain configurations, an AC metre and ENS (mains circuit breaker) even become superfluous.

For more information you can contact Luc Baeyens, or already take a look here.

Read more 20-12-2016

Blue Smart IP67 Victron battery charger with Bluetooth

The Blue Smart IP67 Battery Charger is the wireless solution to monitor voltage and current, to change settings and to update the charger when new features become available.
With Bluetooth, the functionality of the IP67 charger is enhanced and is similar to that of our IP22 and IP65 chargers.

Starting in December, the following models can be delivered:

The other models will follow in 2017.

In addition to Bluetooth, these battery chargers share the following unique characteristics of the Blue Power IP67 Charger:

Completely encapsulated: waterproof, shockproof and ignition protected
Water, oil or dirt will not damage the Blue Smart IP67 Battery Charger. The casing is made of cast aluminium and the electronics are moulded in resin.

The highest efficiency ever!
Setting a new industry standard: with 92% efficiency or better, these chargers waste three to four times less heat.
And once the battery is fully charged, power consumption reduces to less than a Watt, some five to ten times better than the industry standard.

Adaptive 5-stage charge algorithm: bulk – absorption – recondition – float – storage
The Blue Smart Charger features a microprocessor controlled ‘adaptive’ battery management. The ‘adaptive’ feature will automatically optimise the charging process relative to the way the battery is being used.

Storage Mode: Less maintenance and aging when the battery is not in use
The storage mode kicks in whenever the battery has not been subjected to discharge during 24 hours. In the storage mode float voltage is reduced to 2,2 V/cell (13,2 V for a 12 V battery) to minimise gassing and corrosion of the positive plates. Once a week the voltage is raised back to the absorption level to ‘equalize’ the battery. This feature prevents stratification of the electrolyte and sulphation, a major cause of early battery failure.

Also charges Li-ion (LiFePO?) batteries
LiFePO? batteries are charged with a simple bulk – absorption – float algorithm.

Protected against overheating
Can be used in a hot environment such as a machine room. Output current will reduce as temperature increases up to 60°C, but the charger will not fail.

Two LEDs for status indication
Yellow LED: bulk charge (blinking fast), absorption (blinking slow), float (solid), storage (off)
Green LED: power on

Read more 28-11-2016

Victron Energy´s new powerhouse, Quattro 48/15000/210-100/100

The Quattro converter/charger series is getting a big brother. The Quattro 48/15000/210-100/100 has a converter capacity of no less than 15,000VA and a charging current of 210A at 48VDC. Like every Quattro, this model can also work in parallel (up to 4 devices) and be configured in a 3-phase configuration. Up to 225kVA can be achieved in extreme situations!

More information in the datasheet or in our Eshop.

Read more 25-11-2016

Solutions for increased self-consumption and self-sufficiency at SMEs

In October, a new research project was initiated by the University of Ghent Kortrijk Campus (Lemcko) in collaboration with the VLAIO (Vlaams Agentschap voor Innovatie en Ondernemen - Flemish Agency for Innovation and Enterprise). Ysebaert NV has committed itself to working on solutions for increased self-consumption and self-sufficiency at SMEs. This new project follows in the footsteps of an earlier project on “Decongestion of the distribution grid through decentralised storage”. We actively participated in that project as well, and in doing so gathered a great deal of necessary expertise.

With our participation we now also wish to both make use of and further expand our knowledge in the field of energy storage for the configuration and implementation of our Smart Hybrid Energy System.  

The project will extend over a period of 2 years and will be concluded with a workshop, about which more information will be provided in later news reports.

Read more 24-11-2016

Energy Center Wase Zon installs its first S³ Smart Solar Storage

Energy Center Wase Zon has resolutely chosen in favour of battery storage. This month they installed their first S³ Smart Solar Storage. The installation forms part of a renovation project with which the owner is opting for a future-oriented green energy system. Along with 5kWp solar energy, the energy system has an S³ with 3kVA capacity and an energy storage of 6.4kWh.
Wase Zon also has a 2nd project in implementation with a capacity of 10KVA and a battery storage of 13kWh.
Business Manager Christophe Janssens is convinced that battery storage can also give an “energy boost” to his company. Its expertise in the field of renewable energy, supplemented by the technical support of Ysebaert with regard to battery storage, guarantees a high-performance energy system for the end customer.  
You can find more information about the S³ system here.

Read more 28-10-2016

EasySolar, the all-in-one solar power solution

The EasySolar combines an MPPT solar charge controller, an inverter/charger and AC distribution in a single housing. The product is easy to install, with a minimum of wiring.

The built-in Color Control panel ensures that the battery is preferably charged with solar energy (via the built-in MPPT charge controller). Connected to the internet, the entire system can be monitored and operated via the Color Control. 
The AC distribution consists of an RCD (30mA / 63A) and 4 AC outlets protected with two 10A and two 16A automatic fuses. An extra 16A outlet is controlled by the AC input and is only available if AC is available. 
The unique PowerAssist technology protects the device or the generator supply from overloading by adding extra inverter power when needed.
Several software programs (assistants) are available to configure the system for both systems that are interactive with the electricity grid and stand-alone applications.
In this series 3 models can be delivered:
EasySolar 24/3000/70-50 MPPT150/70
EasySolar 48/3000/35-50 MPPT150/70
EasySolar 48/5000/70-100 MPPT150/100

You can also find more information in this datasheet.

Read more 27-10-2016

New battery charger Skylla-IP44 from Victron Energy

Victron Energy launches a new series of watertight IP44 chargers, namely 12V-60A and 24V-30A.
Both models can be delivered in 2 versions, the Skylla-IP44 (1+1) with 2 insulated outlets of which 1 3A outlet for trickle charging. The Skylla-IP44(3) has 3 insulated outlets, each of which can supply the full charging current.

Several striking characteristics:

  • LCD display for monitoring and programming
  • CAN-bus interface (NMEA2000)
  • Synchronised parallel operation
  • Adaptive charging
  • BatterySafe mode and Storage mode
  • Temperature compensation and voltage sense
  • Can also be used as DC power supply
  • Suitable for charging Li-ion batteries

The 12V version is already deliverable to a limited extent, the 24V version is expected in February 2017.

More information in the datasheet.
 

Read more 26-10-2016

Live data Smart Solar Storage at Ysebaert

Use the link below to follow our 3-phase system S³ in real time. In May 2016, at Ysebaert, we started operating the Smart Solar Storage hybrid energy system (more details in the newsletter dated 27/05/2016). After the necessary fine-tuning, we got pretty accurate measurement data as of July and the results have been encouraging. Our "Self Consumption", the extent to which we are independent of the grid, for both months was 75%, with 62% energy from the sun and 13% energy from the battery. In other words, only 25% of our consumption comes from the grid.

The share of the battery represents a real energy saving, since the battery is charged using excess solar energy that would otherwise have been injected back into the grid. For this, we only receive a minimal fee, since in solar power systems exceeding 10kWp the energy meter doesn’t spin backwards, instead the injection is measured separately.

Click here for live data

You can find more info on the S³ system in single phase version here.

Read more 28-09-2016

New inverters 250VA, 375VA and 500VA with VE.Direct communication port

Victron Energy renews its range of small inverters with three new models, namely the 250VA, 375VA and 500VA. All models are available for 12V, 24V and 48V input voltage. Special features include:

VE.Direct communication port
The VE.Direct port can be connected to:
• A computer (VE.Direct-to-USB interface cable needed)
• Apple and Android smartphones, tablets, MacBooks and other devices (VE.Direct Bluetooth Smart dongle needed)

Fully configurable:
• Low voltage alarm trip and reset levels
• Low voltage cut-off and restart levels
• Output voltage 210 - 245V
• Frequency 50Hz or 60Hz
• ECO mode on/off and ECO mode sense level

Monitoring:
• In- and output voltage and current alarms

Proven reliability
The full bridge plus toroid inverter topology have proven their reliability for many years.
The inverters are resistant against short circuits and protected against overheating, whether caused by overload or high ambient temperatures.

High start-up power
Required to start up loads such as power converters for LED lamps, halogen lamps or power tools.

ECO mode
In ECO mode, the inverter switches over to standby if the load falls beneath a pre-set value. Once in this standby mode, the inverter switches on for a short time (adjustable, by default every 2.5 seconds). If the load exceeds a pre-set level, the inverter stays on.

Remote on/off switch
An on/off switch can be remotely connected to a bipolar plug or between the positive terminal of the battery and the left contact of the two-pin plug.

More info in the SmartEnergyShop:
PHOENIX 12/250 VE.Direct
PHOENIX 12/375 VE.Direct
PHOENIX 12/500 VE.Direct
PHOENIX 24/250 VE.Direct
PHOENIX 24/375 VE.Direct
PHOENIX 24/500 VE.Direct
PHOENIX 48/250 VE.Direct
PHOENIX 48/375 VE.Direct
PHOENIX 48/500 VE.Direct

Read more 26-09-2016

New Multi 500VA from Victron Energy

There’s a new little brother in the Multi inverter/charger series: the Multi500. With its compact body and forced cooling, this Multi model can be integrated everywhere. The new Multi is available for 12V, 24V and 48V input voltages. The inverter provides a stable sinusoidal output voltage with a capacity of 500VA at 25°C and a peak power of 900W. The battery charger with adaptive charging technology provides a charging current of 20A, 10A and 6A respectively. The super fast transfer relay switches 16A at 230VAC.

Moreover, the Multi500 has a connection for an external on/off switch and is equipped with a programmable relay.

More info in the SmartEnergyShop:
MULTI C12/500/20-16
MULTI C24/500/10-16
MULTI C48/500/6-16

Read more 27-09-2016

Afterthoughts on Batibouw

At Batibouw 2016, we presented the Smart Solar Storage S³ to the general public. Interest in our concept was particularly high both during the professional days and during the public days. We also got significant attention from the press, which proves that battery storage and "self-consumption" are very contemporary themes.

Many visitors were already informed and aware of the fact that battery storage should be a conscious choice to use more of one’s "own production". In this context, the economic efficiency is of secondary importance. The uninterruptable NO-BREAK feature could also appeal to many potential users.

We have also listened carefully to the comments and a recurrent suggestion that a smaller casing for the inverter/charger and control would be appreciated. We have taken this to heart, and a prototype of a smaller S³ is currently being built.

We’ll keep you up to date and for more info you can always visit http://www.ysebaert.be/nl/16076/home/hybride-energie/

Read more 29-03-2016

Panda 5000i.Neo - Generator with Variable Speed Technology

The new 5000i.Neo iSeries generator features the Fischer Panda water-cooled FPE320 single cylinder engine.
Panda iSeries generators are the first of the next generation of compact, super silent and powerful generators.
Using modern diesel engines which meet the latest emission standards and variable speed technology, the operating speed can be adjusted to match the load to ensure an efficiency while supplying extremely stable voltage and frequency.
Fischer Panda iSeries generators are fitted with the highly regarded sound insulation and water-cooling. The Panda iSeries generators have been especially designed to be light and compact - up to 30% weight and space savings!

  • Variable speed - load-dependent
  • Small size and low weight - compact installation
  • Highly efficient - maximum energy
  • 230V AC output - reliable power supply
  • Pure sinus wave is ideal for sensitive electronics
  • High starting capacity for air conditioners / diving compressors
  • Easy to install - reduces costs
  • Environmentally friendly - low fuel consumption
  • Optional SAE J1939 interface

More information in our webshop.

Read more 22-06-2016

sSeries Marine Generator for Yachts

The 3.8 kW Panda 4000s EcoPower generator is an ideal entry level genset and very popular among its owners because it is easy to install.
The new 4000s features the Fischer Panda water-cooled FPE320 single cylinder engine.
The Panda 4000s is part of Fischer Panda’s wide range of compact units up to 4kW. It is design for skippers who only have limited space available on board for a generator and require 230 V / 50 Hz electrical power for domestic appliances.
This powerful generator is suited for anyone who wants to cook electrically, use a vacuum cleaner, hairdryer or coffee machine on board. This generator runs quietly and has a very compact design.

  • High starting capacity... perfect for running a diving compressor or an air conditioner
  • 230 V / 50 Hz... for your complete on-board power system
  • Extremely compact and light... more room for you
  • Super-silent sound insulation capsule... you can relax while the generator runs
  • Innovative Design... easy to install and maintain with all connections on one side
  • Integrated fuel pump... ready to use

More information in our webshop.

Read more 21-06-2016

3-phase Smart Solar Storage in use at Ysebaert (hub4)

In April, Victron Energy released the HUB4 software for 3-phase systems. We immediately began converting our Smart Hybrid Energy System to a Hub4 system. During the day we store our surplus solar energy in a Lithium Power Pack of 40kWh, and then we use this stored energy at night.  When the battery is fully charged, this Lithium Power Pack can also be tapped during daytime in order to meet the consumption by supplementing the solar energy being generated in real time.   

Thus, in combination with our 47kWp solar panels, we are more than 90% self-sufficient on sunny days.

Even in the event of a power failure we can continue our activities for a number of hours (UPS functionality).

Our Smart Solar Storage S³ system in a nutshell:

  • Input:  3x400 VAC + N – 3 x 100A
  • Output: 3x400 VAC + N – 3 x 143A
  • Battery storage: 40kW Lithium Power Pack
  • UPS capacity: 30KVA
  • Maximum capacity: 100KVA
  • PV capacity 47kWp

You can find more information about the S³ system in single-phase version here.

Read more 27-05-2016

New: Blue Smart IP65 Charger from Victron Energy

The Blue Smart IP65 Charger is our new professional battery charger with built-in Bluetooth! This makes it possible to check the information of your battery charger on your smartphone, tablet or computer, with the VictronConnect app.

Other characteristics of the Blue Smart IP65 Charger:

  • Seven-step intelligent charging algorithm
  • Recovery of deeply discharged ´dead´ batteries
  • Automatic power provision function
  • Automatic compensation in case of high or low temperatures
  • Several other features that extend the service life of the battery
  • Low power mode in order to charge smaller batteries
  • Li-ion battery mode
  • Resistant to water, dust and chemicals

Including

  • Connection clamps
  • M8 eyes

Optional accessories

  • 12V autoplug with fuse
  • 2-metre extension cable
  • Connection clamps with fuse
  • M6 eye with fuse

The Blue Smart IP65 Chargers can all currently be delivered in 3 versions:
12V – 10A  article no.  BPC121031064R
12V – 15A  article no.  BPC121531064R
24V – 8A    article no.  BPC240831064R

More information in our webshop.

Read more 30-05-2016

Training course for new Victron Energy products

Victron Energy has introduced many new products in recent months. A lot has changed, particularly in the areas of communication, programming and data reading. We provide a technical sales training course to present these innovations.

Agenda:

New products

  • Blue Power chargers IP67 – IP65 – IP22
  • Blue Power Smart chargers IP65
  • Inverter, battery monitor and MPPT charge controller with VE.Direct
  • VE.Direct Bluetooth Smart dongle
  • VE Connect App

System integration

  • Color Control CCGX applications
  • EasySolar
  • S³ Smart Solar Storage
  • Calculation of PV systems with MPPT charge controllers

Batteries

  • Lead-acid batteries versus lithium batteries

The training course will be held at our Wommelgem office on Wednesday 1 June (in Dutch) and on Thursday 2 June (in French) from 9am to 12.30pm.

Registration is required for this free training course. All you need to do is send an email to ira.vancampenhoudt@ysebaert.be. Places are limited, so register as soon as possible.

Read more 28-04-2016

Victron Energy Bluetooth functionality

Bluetooth wireless technology allows communication with an ever increasing number of Victron Energy devices. The free VictronConnect App is available for iOS and Android and can connect to a device in 2 ways:

  • Devices with built-in Bluetooth can be connected directly. Currently these are only the new Blue Smart IP65 chargers, but more devices will be equipped with Bluetooth in the future.
  • Devices with a VE.Direct port can be connected via the VE.Direct Bluetooth Smart dongle, which can be purchased separately. Devices with a VE.Direct port include:
    • BMV battery monitor
    • MPPT charge controllers (newest models)
    • Phoenix Inverter VE.Direct
Read more 27-04-2016

New Victron Energy instruction videos

Victron Energy is presenting two new, very informative instructional videos on YouTube.

The first video tells you more about the Blue Smart IP65 charger with built-in Bluetooth functionality. The VictronConnect app shows you all the information for this charger on your smartphone. Click here for the video.

The second video is also about the new Bluetooth functionality, but more specifically about the optional VE Direct Bluetooth Smart dongle. This video shows you how you can read the details for an MPPT charge controller. Click here for the video.

Read more 26-04-2016

New MPPT 85A and 100A controllers

Victron Energy has again added 2 new models (85A and 100A) to its MPPT solar charge controller range.
Especially in case of clouds and changing light intensity, the ultra-fast MPPT charge controller is able to increase the energy yield by 30% compared to PWM controllers and up to 10% compared to slow MPPT charge controllers.
These two new models are available with screw terminals (Tr) or MC4 connectors and are suitable for 12V-24V-36V-48V systems.

The 4 new products are:

  • MPPT150/85-MC4 - code SCC010085300
  • MPPT150/85-Tr - code SCC010085200
  • MPPT150/100-MC4 - code SCC010100300
  • MPPT150/85-Tr - code SCC010100200

More info in the datasheet or in our web shop.

Read more 31-03-2016

"Victron live" website

Victron software and hardware products are developed at a rapid pace. The options and configurations have increased considerably with the arrival of "Assistants". The challenge is to continue to document all this correctly. The Victron Live website has been designed with this objective in mind; a Wiki site keeping all the software-related documentation up to date.

This site is available to everyone and after registration you’ll automatically receive e-mail updates.

More info on https://www.victronenergy.com/live/

Read more 30-03-2016

AGM batteries with M6/M8 threaded bush

From now on, a number of AGM batteries from Victron Energy can also be delivered with an M6 or M8 threaded bush instead of an eye. This can be especially useful in order to replace other brands of batteries. Existing cables do not have to be adapted.  

You can find the complete list in our price list or online.

Read more 22-02-2016

Wall-mounted boxes for CCGX and BMV

Victron Energy is following up its wall enclosures for control panels with 2 new wall enclosures: a new enclosure for the BMV battery monitor and MPPT-Control and a double enclosure for the Color Control and BMV combination. All enclosures have the same width and look and are therefore easy to combine. Visit our website for more information and prices.

Read more 15-12-2015

New DC/DC converters (Orion-Tr)

Victron Energy is gradually marketing a completely new series of DC/DC converters over several months. All converters are IP43 with a minimum full-load efficiency of 95%. The full range includes models with galvanic and non-galvanic isolation up to 40A. The models with galvanic isolation offer some additional interesting features:

  • On/off remote
  • Adjustable output voltage (via potentiometer)
  • Parallel switch
  • Can be used to charge batteries (float charge)

The new series has the letters Tr in their model numbers. The new products will be systematically added to our website as they become available. Some are already on the website.

Read more 14-12-2015

New and more powerful Easy Solar models

If you are looking for an all-in-one solar power system, Easy Solar by Victron Energy is your ideal solution. This single, easy-to-install device combines an inverter, battery charger, MPPT charger and AC distribution system. The existing series has now been completed further with 24V and 48V models, each with a 3000VA inverter and two MPPT100/50 and MPPT150/35 charge controllers respectively.
More information is available on our website or the datasheet.

Read more 30-10-2015

Longer service interval for Fischer Panda generators

For professional use of Fischer Panda generators, the standard maintenance interval of 150 operating hours can be very short. You can now increase this interval substantially to 250 hours, 500 hours and even 1000 hours for 3000-rpm generators (up to Panda 30IC).
The attached technical information document provides more details.

Read more 29-10-2015

MPPT Control of Victron Energy

The MPPT Control lets you see the status as well as setup all BlueSolar MPPT Charge Controllers that have a VE.Direct communications port. The new MPPT Control is mounted in the familiar BMV-700 series housing, maintaining a consistent and professional look to your panels and systems monitoring equipment.
Features

  • View live status information, including solar watts, battery voltage, charge current, load current and more.
  • View historical information (all-time values and 30-day historical values)
  • MPPT setup

More information on our website or the user and installation manual.

Read more 28-10-2015

New series of Battery Protect

The BatteryProtect disconnects the battery from non-essential consumers to ensure the battery does not discharge completely – which would damage the battery – and continues to have sufficient power to start the engine.

Three new models 50A, 100A and 220A will gradually replace the current series. The built-in display makes it very easy to programme cutoff voltages and various modes.

Click here for a complete overview of the available models.

Read more 14-09-2015

New MPPT controllers by Victron Energy

Victron Energy has added 3 new models (45A, 60A and 70A) to its range of MPPT solar charge controllers.

Particularly in cloudy conditions and with fluctuating light intensity, the ultra-fast MPPT charge controller can increase the energy yield by 30% compared to PWM controllers and up to 10% compared to slow MPPT charge controllers.

These 3 new models are available with a screw connection or MC4 connectors.

More information is provided on the datasheet and our website.

Read more 15-09-2015

Use of smart alternators (Euro 5 and 6) in secondary batteries

Regenerative braking systems cause problems when secondary batteries are charging, particularly in commercial vehicles. The starter battery must have discharged by about 20% already to be able to store the energy during braking. For a while, the alternator will only provide 12.4V, which will prevent both the starter battery and secondary battery from charging.
The solution to this problem is a battery-to-battery charger. A detailed description of this problem and the offered solution is provided in the document “Regenerative braking – introduction to the problem and the solution”.
The battery-to-battery charger is available in 12V or 24V or a 12/24V combination and in charging currents of 25A to 120A.
The technical specifications of these products are available on our website.

Read more 16-09-2015

Read your BMV battery monitor and MPPT charge controller with your iPhone

The “VE.Direct to Bluetooth LE Dongle” allows you to read your BMV battery monitor and MPPT charge controllers on your iPhone. To do this, download the free Connect App by Victron Energy. From now on, you can read your battery status or solar yield remotely on your smartphone.

The dongle can be connected to the following Victron Energy devices:

Battery Monitors

  • BMV-700
  • BMV-702
  • BMV-700H

BlueSolar MPPT Charge Controllers

  • MPPT 75/15
  • MPPT 100/15
  • MPPT 100/30
  • MPPT 150/35
  • MPPT 75/50
  • MPPT 100/50

The release of the app for Android devices is expected in Q3/2015.

More information and instructions are available on the Victron Energy Live website.

Read more 28-04-2015

5-year warranty on Victron Energy devices

All Victron Energy devices as of production date 2014 (serial numbers beginning with HQ14) shall henceforth enjoy a 5-year warranty period. The only exception to this rule are the batteries, which have a 2-year warranty period.

You can find more information about the warranty and our after-sales service here.

Read more 23-01-2015

Ysebaert installs Smart Hybrid Energy System

This week we commissioned our Smart Hybrid Energy System. This system supplies our company with electricity during power outages, buffers our solar energy which we otherwise feed back into the grid and levels off our current peaks.

Electrical properties

The unique Smart Hybrid Energy System has the following characteristics:

  • Input : 3x400 VAC + N – 3 x 100A
  • Output : 3x400 VAC + N – 3 x 143A
  • Battery storage : 40kW Lithium Power Pack
  • UPS power : 30KVA
  • Maximum power : 100KVA

System components

Three Quattro converter/chargers 48/10000/140-100-100 and a Lithium Power Pack of 40kW form the heart of this unique system. The complete installation also has a Lynx DC distribution system and a bypass unit with coupling to our existing electrical installation and solar energy system.

The entire installation can be read out on the built-in Color Control Display and via the VRM website (Victron Energy Remote Management). Status messages are sent by e-mail via the VRM website while a mobile phone module ensures the necessary SMS messages in case of power failure.

Three in one

The system has a threefold set-up:

  • During a power outage we have a converter capacity of 30KVA available and a battery storage of 40kW. This allows us to shut down our CNC machines in a controlled manner and keep on working for a number of hours.
  • The solar energy that we don´t consume ourselves but feed back into the grid we can now buffer in the Lithium Power Pack and use at night, during a power outage or to better handle peaks in demand.
  • The maximum current peak is settled by the distribution grid manager during one year in the distribution and transport rates. Avoiding such current peaks can generate significant long-term savings. The Smart Hybrid Energy System can offset these current peaks by adding supply via the battery and the converters as of a certain power that is set in advance.  

Scalable – for your installation too

The Smart Hybrid Energy System is adaptable to every situation, whether single-phase, triple-phase or split-phase. The power, autonomy or type of battery can also be adapted to your wishes.

For more information or a demonstration, contact Luc Baeyens.

Read more 17-12-2014

LITHIUM versus lead batteries

Why choose a lithium battery?

Here are the advantages in a nutshell:

  • Long service life (up to 5000 cycles at 70% discharge)
  • High charging currents (up to 3 times the nominal current)
  • High discharge currents (up to 3 times the nominal current and starter currents up to 20 times nominal)
  • Lower weight and volume compared to conventional batteries (up to 50%)
  • Large operating temperature range
  • Low internal resistance
  • Safe in use

In contrast to standard batteries, in order to optimise the service life of a lithium battery it is better not to charge the battery completely.

A concrete presentation:

Lithium 24/200   AGM 24/220
5,1kWh Capacity at C20 5,2kWh
5,1kWh Capacity at C10 4,0kWh
5,1kWh Capacity at C1 1,6kWh
4,8kWh Max. discharge current 5C 0,6kWh
84kg Weight 260kg
92% Efficiency 75%
2500 - 4000 Cycles 300 - 800
Read more 16-06-2014

Victron Remote Management

Monitor your energy system from the Victron Energy VRM website or the VRM app for IOS or Android. The website is free for all Victron Energy users and allows you to monitor your system from any location.

You are given a clear overview of your key energy information and you can view historic data and configure your alerts. As soon as one of the parameters strays outside the pre-set limits, the VRM website sends an e-mail to the user(s) with a clear description of the alert. Some alert examples are battery SOC, low or absent AC input voltage and communication error.

If you would like to find out more, visit https://vrm.victronenergy.com/ and click on “Try our demo”.

Convinced? Ask Luc Baeyens for more information.

Read more 24-11-2014

Waterproof and shock-resistant ORION DC/DC converter

Victron Energy is marketing a new series of DC/DC converters. The Orion IP67 is fully bonded and therefore waterproof and shock-resistant. The input voltage can vary between 15 and 40 VDC and the output voltage is guaranteed at 12V approx. 3%. The converters are protected against overheating and their extra-long wires ensure a safe connection.

The ORION IP67 is available with a 4A, 10A and 17A power output.

For more information, click here.

Read more 21-11-2014

xControl – the new control module from Fischer Panda

As of October 2014, Fischer Panda will be equipping its asynchronous generators with the new xControl control module. Innovative, flexible, reliable and user-friendly are major characteristics of this generator control.

This digital control replaces the VCS control and the P6+ panel of the current asynchronous generators.

In the modern data communication age, it is vitally important to integrate the generator into the energy system. The xControl is particularly powerful and offers you the following benefits:

  • Plug and Play – shorter installation time
  • Modular – easy to expand
  • Logging and readout of all operational data
  • Digital panel – user-friendly
  • Communication interface – integration with other control systems
  • Self-test of all functions – safe and reliable
  • Automatic start function

The xControl includes 3 parts that are interlinked via connectors; the digital panel, a connection box and the control unit itself. Intelligent communication between these components ensures reliable functioning of the generator.

Market introduction is scheduled as follows:

  • As of October 2014: marine generators Panda 8000PMS and Panda 12000PMS 230V/50Hz with 12V starting system
  • As of November 2014: all marine generators up to Panda 30PMS
  • As of December 2014: vehicle generators up to Panda 30 PVMV-N
  • As of March 2015: 400V-50Hz + special models

More info in the following datasheets:

xControl for marine generators
xControl for vehicle generators

Read more 21-10-2014

ECOmulti – simple “self-consumption” system

Given the risk of power failure, we like to put the ECOmulti in the spotlight. This “energy storage” system features a battery storage of 2.3kWh and a 3000W bidirectional converter. In combination with solar energy, the ideal device for limiting feedback into the grid and providing a back-up in the event of power outage.

The ECOmulti is equipped for wall mounting and can if desired be expanded with extra battery capacity. The recent price reduction (-18%) makes this device especially attractive (see news item on the new hybrid energy price list).

More information about the ECOmulti in the attached datasheet.

Read more 20-10-2014

Power shortage in Belgium

Will the power be disabled in your municipality?

Be prepared and purchase a backup system. Ysebaert delivers silent systems that you or your electrician can install in just a few hours. The system essentially consists of an integrated inverter/charger and a battery.

In the below document we present two systems (only in French).

Read more 12-09-2014

Intelligent battery combiner Cyrix-ct120 & Cyrix-ct230

The Cyrix-ct series follows the successful Cyrix-i series. The Cyrix-ct battery combiner is now temperature protected and has longer bolts to connect more than one power cable. The Cyrix-ct 230 also has LED status indication.

All the benefits of the Cyrix-ct battery combiners are summarised here:

  • Intelligent, i.e. the Cyrix-ct looks at the general trend of voltage increase or decrease and can also connect or disconnect with a time delay
  • Protection against overheating after prolonged overload, for example
  • Automatic system voltage detection (12 or 24V)
  • No power loss and therefore an excellent alternative to diode isolators
  • Long bolts for connecting more than one power cable
  • Button for parallel connection in case of an emergency

For more information about these 2 new models, visit our online catalogue.

Read more 25-08-2014

Self Consumption Storage Hub 1 available

Solar energy storage has become a hot topic. Victron Energy has taken a new step in this regard with the creation of the Storage Hub 1 for Self Consumption systems.

As soon as the batteries are filling up, charge controllers (DC) restrict their capacity to prevent overcharging. This means that some of the generated power is lost. In off-grid systems, power-consuming devices such as a pump or a boiler are used in such cases. In on-grid situations, where power can be fed back into the grid, it is more efficient to continue to generate power with Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) in order to backfeed it into the grid through the Multi.

That is exactly what the Hub-1 system does: as soon as the batteries fill up, the MPPT Solar Charger continues to operate at the Maximum Power Point to push as much power as possible on the DC bus.

The Multi is in constant communication with the Solar Charger and will backfeed excess power into the grid.

The following document provides more information about the various hub systems:

Self Consumption or Grid independence with the Victron Energy Storage Hub

Read more 16-03-2014

Extend the longevity of your battery bank

The longevity of an expensive battery bank can be reduced considerably by different states of charge of the separate batteries. The Victron Energy Battery Balancer balances the states of charge of batteries in series.

If the state of charge of a 24V battery system exceeds 27V, the Battery Balancer is activated in order to compare the voltage of the two batteries in series. The Battery Balancer will draw a current of up to 1A from the battery (or batteries connected in parallel) with the highest voltage. The resulting charge current differential ensures that all batteries adopt the same state of charge.

If necessary, several Battery Balancers can be connected in parallel. A 48V battery bank can be balanced with three Battery Balancers, for example.

For more information, visit our online catalogue.

Read more 01-09-2014

ANL fuse holders

With increasing DC consumption, larger cable sections are often required and consequently the standard MegaFuse is no longer sufficient.

A better alternative are ANL fuse holders, which are made of Noryl so that they are very strong, non-flammable and water-repellent. Their high dielectric resistance is an additional advantage.
Their special form makes installation very simple for both single-pole and multi-pole versions. Covers must be ordered separately.

The fuse holder can be installed as:

  • main fuse for the protection of batteries
  • fuse for the anchor winch or bow thruster
  • fuse for individual consumers

Characteristics:

  • DIN 43560 CE mark
  • UL94
  • M10
Read more 17-06-2014

MPPT calculator

Customers regularly ask us which MPPT charge controller is best suited for their solar panels. In collaboration with Victron Energy, a handy calculation tool has been developed with which you can determine your optimal configuration for yourself. Depending on the type of solar panel, number of strings (in series and/or parallel), length and diameter of cable, temperature and type of charge controller, your configuration is checked and you can adjust as desired.

You can download the calculator here.

Read more 20-05-2014

Ysebaert on Facebook

Especially for Facebook fans, you can now also follow us on www.facebook.com/Ysebaert.HybridEnergy.

Read more 16-04-2014

Blog Victron Energy

New developments in the energy sector are coming faster and faster. At Victron Energy, too, new products are rapidly being designed and existing products adapted to this world’s energy needs. Software plays a major role in this process, and devices can easily receive new functions through software updates.

A few months ago Victron Energy set up a blog in order to get customers quickly and efficiently involved in these new developments. If you’d like to keep informed, we urge you to subscribe to this blog. To do so, go to http://www.victronenergy.com/blog/   

On the blog (English-language) you can start new discussions or actively participate in existing ones.

Read more 17-04-2014

Complete series of Fischer Panda i-Generators

The i-Generator is characterised by its variable speed, compact design, inverter technology and – as always with all Fischer Panda generators – virtually silent operation.

The series is now complete with a power range from 4kW to 36kW for marine and mobile version.

Here are some of the i-Generators’ special features:

  • Digital display
  • Environmentally friendly - low fuel consumption
  • Variable speed depending on the load
  • Easy installation
  • Small dimensions and low weight – compact installation
  • High starting power for air conditioning / diving compressors, etc.
  • Stabilised sine wave output ideal for sensitive equipment
  • 230V AC output (from 15i also 400V as an option) – reliable power supply
  • Water-cooled inverter for larger capacities

Link to i-generator marine
Link to i-generator mobile

Read more 15-03-2014

New BMV-700 battery monitor

The new BMV-700 battery monitor is the successor of the popular Victron Energy 600 series.

Some of the main differences from its predecessor are the improved readability of the display and the built-in memory function.

The monitor measures the battery’s Ah input and output very precisely with advanced software algorithms. In addition to the main display options such as voltage, current and used ampere-hours, the BMV-700 series also indicates the charging status, remaining time and power consumption in watts.

The BMV-702 also has an auxiliary input that can be programmed to measure voltage (of a second battery), temperature or midpoint voltage (see datasheet).

The BMV-700 can also be seamlessly integrated with the new Color Control display.

More information can be found on this datasheet and in the product section of our website.

Read more 17-03-2014

Victron Energy LED app

Use the Victron-LED app to understand all led codes from Victron Energy Multi and Quattro inverter/chargers. Scroll through the list of all possible codes. Or tap each LED until all of them blink exactly like the code you see on the product. The app contains normal operation codes, warnings, alams and error codes.

Now available for Iphone and Android.

Read more 13-02-2014

Flexible solar panels FlexSolar

High efficiency solar panels FlexSolar are ideal for any mobile application.
Their low weight and fineness enable them to adapt to the requirements of nomadism, professional or amateur: hiking, mountain, construction, medical ...
Solar panels FlexSolar can be glued or simply set on a bridge, on the roof of a vehicle ...

The main advantages are:

  • Ultra lightweight
  • Ultra flexible (up to 60%)
  • Only 3mm thickness
  • Waterproof junction box on the front
  • Sunpower "back contact" cells
  • Fastening points to fix it everywhere
  • Efficiency up to 20% or higher

More information is provided by this datasheet and the product section of our website.

Read more 14-02-2014

Blue Power battery charger 12/30 and 24/15

With up to 94% efficiency, these chargers generate up to four times less heat when compared to the industry standard. And once the battery is fully charged, power consumption reduces to 0,5 Watt, some five to ten times better than the industry standard.

The Blue Power charger features a microprocessor controlled ‘adaptive’ battery management. The 6-stage adaptive feature will automatically optimize the charging process relative to the way the battery is being used.

The storage mode kicks in whenever the battery has not been subjected to discharge during 24 hours. In the storage mode float voltage is reduced to 2,2 V/cell (13,2 V for a 12 V battery) to minimize gassing and corrosion of the positive plates. Once a week the voltage is raised back to the absorption level to ‘equalize’ the battery. This feature prevents stratification of the electrolyte and sulfation, a major cause of early battery failure.

When in NIGHT or LOW mode, the output current is reduced to max. 25% of the nominal output and the charger will be totally noiseless. The NIGHT mode automatically ends after 8 hours. The LOW mode can be ended manually.

Protected against overheating: Output current will reduce as temperature increases up to 50°C, but the Blue Power charger will not fail.

More information is provided by this datasheet and the product section of our website.

Read more 12-02-2014

Color Control GX multifunctional display

The Victron Energy Color Control multifunctional display controls and monitors all devices it is connected to.

The colour screen clearly displays the full energy system and can show all data and parameters for every connected device. Historical data can be stored locally for subsequent analysis. Information can also be sent to a monitoring website (VRM Online Portal).

As soon as the Color Control is connected to the internet, an automatic firmware update starts and new functions are added.

A wide range of devices can be connected:

  • Multi and Quattro inverter/chargers
  • MPPT150/70 charge controller
  • Blue Solar MPPT charge controllers (limited series)
  • Skylla-I battery charger
  • Lynx Ion BMS

More information is provided by this datasheet and the product section of our website.

Read more 13-01-2014

Ysebaert 60 years

Ysebaert NV is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and we have taken this opportunity to update our logo. We have deliberately chosen more colours to refer to our 3 business units:

  • Ex zone
  • Hybrid energy
  • Marine offshore lighting

Together with the new logo and the new business unit names, we are introducing a fresh new business style to all our communication.

Our website has also been fully adjusted to the new corporate identity. It provides a lot of useful information to help you achieve your projects. The website is frequently updated with new content, please pay a visit on a regular basis.

Our corporate identity has changed, but Ysebaert still stands for quality, service and professional advice.

Read more 01-10-2013

Wide range of battery chargers at Victron Energy

The service life of a battery is largely determined by the battery charger.

The following recommendations will help you to make the right choice for AGM, GEL or open lead batteries:

  • a charging current between 10% and 20% of the battery capacity
  • for each group of batteries have a separate outlet on the battery charger (up to 3 outlets)
  • in wet rooms, a charger with IP65 or IP67 protection
  • in applications where the charger supplies current permanently or for a longer period without consumers, use a battery charger with “adaptive” charging characteristic and “storage mode” 
  • it is strongly advised NOT to use a battery switch for possible parallel switching of groups

For charging Li-Ion batteries other recommendations apply that will depend strongly on the particular application.

Victron Energy’s range of battery chargers has been substantially expanded in recent months, so be sure to visit the product section on our website or get advice from our staff.

Read more 20-11-2013