Northern Lights WaveNet, & Sterling Power Regulator Remote
When Westerbeke developed a NMEA 2000 monitoring and control head for its generators way back in 2006, I thought the other generator manufacturers would follow right along. The approach seemed to simplify cabling and make it possible to at least monitor a generator from other displays if not actually go to the next level where, say, a NMEA 2000 inverter could turn the generator on and off as AC loads changed. To my knowledge that sort of advanced control has not happened yet, though in fact a check of NMEA’s database of standard PGNs suggests that it is possible (look in the “power” category). One problem is that so far only Northern Lights seems to have followed Westerbeke’s lead, with the WaveNet panel seen above…
At that link Northern Lights makes the claim that WaveNet “creates a window into the operation of its generator set that has never been available before” and you can find out even more about the product because the good folks of M/V Dirona are early adopters and they’ve blogged about it. There you’ll learn that Northern Lights can also set up WaveNet to interface with a Lugger wing engine and that, in fact, you can control either generator or wing engine from any panel on the boat’s backbone. Nice!
Though not NMEA 2000, I think the Sterling Power regulator remote I just learned about yesterday is related in terms of advanced monitoring and control of power systems. In fact, I don’t know of any “smart” regulator that can reveal what it’s doing like the very smart seeming Sterling ProReg-D that works with this little panel. Apparently Sterling is a U.K. company that’s only recently set up a U.S. division (in Maine, as a matter of fact) and maybe that’s why the name didn’t come up when smart regulators were discussed a bit last week. Has anyone had experience with Sterling power products? Should Balmar, PowerLine, and AmplePower be concerned?
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