"Look to the Future"
On the 6th January our online store UK Energyhub opens for business. Energyhub is the place for DIY installers to buy Victron products online at discounted prices. There will be technical advice for potential purchasers, and technical support for customers. UK Energyhub is owned by UK Marine Electronics.
We will be expanding our bespoke projects. Offering a full design, supply and installation service, we deal with everything from integrated systems to off grid solutions. Basically, the more difficult the problem the more we like it. We continue to expand our facility in Whitehaven adding more equipment for research and development. We continue to develop advanced systems for marine use, with several new projects already booked for the New Year.
Marine Monitoring & Security:
This is probably the most exciting development for 2020. We are working with a company to produce a single app to remotely monitor and control your boat. Using existing equipment, it will take data from the NMEA2000 network and Victron systems, as well as optional sensors to remotely monitor and control on board systems. The system uses 4G to communicate but there is the option of Iridium for truly global communications.
Marine Lithium Systems:
Lithium batteries on board are becoming more common. In 2019 we fitted more Lithium systems than conventional batteries. Whilst inherently safe, a poorly designed system can have hazards and the possibility of causing battery failure. We already have solutions to any issues with Lithium systems, and we will continue to develop Lithium Battery systems to meet the demands of the future.
For Whitehaven we will be introducing a range of budget products for those wanting to self-install. The full range of Standard Horizon VHF radios, both fixed and handheld are available along with Raymarine Element & Dragonfly. Depending on demand we may introduce other budget products. This range is only available to callers to our Whitehaven showroom.
2019 has seen a whole host of projects and growth in UK Marine Electronics.
January: saw us installing a Raymarine system in Sant Carles in Spain.
February: bought us two unique projects with the replacement of a generator on the Ffestiniog railway with batteries and inverter system. It also saw one of our larger Lithium Battery systems installed on the Cruising vessel Halmar Bjorg.
March: the first of two trips to Gibraltar to offload Miss Mollie from a freighter and rebuild the radar arch. It was also the start of a special project to design and install a Lithium Power system on the Arctic Exploration boat Polar Bound.
April: we had a brief break before going back to Gibraltar to teach the clients how to use all the new Raymarine Electronics.
May: we installed a massive 30KW system with Lithium Batteries on an off-grid farm near Barrow in Furness. Ending the month in Antibes for the annual check-up and tank calibration of Yalla Yalla, a stunning Itama 75 we installed a full suite of electronics on in 2018.
June: we moved from the Old Lock Building where we had been for the last 7 years into the Whitehaven boatyard.
July’s highlight was an emergency engine change on the Nith Inshore Lifeboat. As well as fitting out our new workshop.
August: A new Lithium system for Motorhomes was developed.
September: The project was to bring back to life an old Seamaster, with completely new electrics designed just for the client. as well as lots of behind the scenes work on Lithium systems.
October was the month for fitting AGM batteries to a Nauticat, one of the few Non-Lithium Systems we installed this year. Then off to Holland for a spot of Victron training.
In November the biggest project of the year came. A system of Raymarine Electronics and Victron Power systems, including Lithium. The new software released by Raymarine enable both systems to talk to each other. At the end of the month it was back to Holland for the METS exhibition. We came back from that with a dealership for Standard Horizon VHF’s and closely followed by the guy that makes the promotional, videos for Victron.
December has been as busy as ever, the flagship project continues, and we had Jono from Victron filming us for a week. We also started another project involving Raymarine & Victron.
To all our Customers, Suppliers & Partners.