Energy Solutions’ EasyGrid range launched in 2015 - the result of 18 months of development and research to manufacture a set of units that would bring off grid power solutions to homes and businesses without a mains grid connection, at a reasonable cost. The units include a number of Victron Energy power products which offer customers reliability and compatibility.
Explains Energy Solutions MD Paul Holland: “Rather than having to source separate components and have a bespoke system designed, the EasyGrid series offers customers a pre-configured, self-contained unit; built from durable, high quality components; fully tested and ready to install. We knew from our on-going work with off grid customers that the market is moving towards a more plug and play approach. People want functionality and continuity but do not want to have to become experts in electrical power just to run their homes.”
Moving into 2016 the range has had a upgrade and now each unit will incorporate a Victron Colour Control as standard.
With the addition of this control the EasyGrid has made a significant step forward in functionality. The system now enables full online monitoring via the Victron VRM website (internet connection required). Owners can see all relevant parameter and historic data including battery capacity, power usage and solar input along with many other selectable options. The owner can also set alarms to ensure that the whole system operates at its optimum performance at all times.
With most off grid situations using a generator as well as solar, the benefit of the colour control is it’s new sophisticated generator control and monitoring, with owners able to see:
- Generator state: Condition that is currently keeping the generator running.
- Runtime: Generator runtime since last start.
- Total run time: Accumulated running time since the first start.
- Time to next test run: When the test run condition is enabled this item shows the time remaining to the next test run.
- Daily runtime: Page with the running times of last 30 days.
The generator can also be set to run based on the conditions below to ensure that those living and working off grid are never without power.
- State of charge (SOC) of batteries
- AC load
- Battery current
- Battery voltage
For those living without a mains connection there are additional features the control system offers which can enhance their living conditions - quiet periods can be set which will reduce the chance of the generator starting - particularly at night. Most importantly period test runs can be set which ensures that when you need the generator it will start!
The new upgraded units have already been pre-ordered by 6 customers in the UK, with the first one due for delivery this week. Energy Solutions have supplied over 135 off grid power solutions in the UK and many more overseas and believe this upgraded version of EasyGrid will make power for those with no grid connection even more accessible, affordable and functional. Concludes MD Paul Holland “Customers have been happy to wait a little bit longer to get these units with the color control, we are delighted with the response so far and know that this will enhance their off grid power solutions.”
The colour control update is available on the entire EasyGrid range covering the 3000, 5000 and 10,000 units and is available to order from Energy Solutions 01634 290772, email@example.com.
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