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Victron Faker

This small program emulates the ET340 Energy Meter in a Victron ESS System. It reads values from an existing SMA Home Manager 2.0, and publishes the result on dbus as if it were the ET340 meter.

Use this at your own risk, I have no association with Victron or SMA and am providing this for anyone who already has these components and wants to play around with this.

I use this privately, and it works in my timezone, your results may vary

Setup

First ensure that this will work: Try out https://github.com/mitchese/sma_home_manager_printer which will run on your Victron GX device and try to connect to the SMA meter. The above test program does not publish its result on dbus for use by victron, only prints out the result for your verification. It should be relatively safe to test with.

If the sma_home_manager_printer works and shows consistent/reliable result, then you can install this in the same way.

You don't need to compile the source code if you don't want to (see compiling below). Head over to the releases and download the latest version. then:

  • Unzip the release zipfile, which contains the "shm-et340" binary compiled for ArmV7
  • Review how to setup root access on the device
  • Use SCP (scp ./shm-et340 root@192.168.xxx.xxx:) or WinSCP to copy the shm-et340 to the Venus
  • SSH in to the venus (ssh root@192.168.xxx.xxx) and finally run it ./shm-et340)

While this is running, you should see correct values for a grid meter in your Venus UI:

Venus GX UI

On the console of your GX device, you should see regular updates, around once per second:

root@victronvenusgx:~# ./shm-et340
INFO[0000] Successfully connected to dbus and registered as a meter... Commencing reading of the SMA meter
INFO[0000] Meter update received: 6677.15 kWh bought and 3200.45 kWh sold, 681.3 W currently flowing
INFO[0001] Meter update received: 6677.15 kWh bought and 3200.45 kWh sold, 694.1 W currently flowing
INFO[0002] Meter update received: 6677.15 kWh bought and 3200.45 kWh sold, 686.3 W currently flowing

If this does not work, try to export LOG_LEVEL="debug" first, which should print out significantly more information on what's happening.

Starting at boot

The above steps will start it once, which will run until the next reboot. Doing the following will start it on every boot

Thanks to ricott for the tip here. The full description of how to start on boot can be found here. Basically, add the call to /data/rc.local.

Mine tried to start before the network was up, which resulted in an error and it not starting. To 'fix' this, I just wait 15s in the rc.local before trying to start the script ... not great but it works.

root@beaglebone:~# cat /data/rc.local
!#/bin/bash

sleep 15
setsid /data/home/root/shm-et340 > /dev/null 2>/dev/null &

root@beaglebone:~# ls -l /data/rc.local
-rwxr-xr-x    1 root     root            81 Feb 18 15:38 /data/rc.local

Compiling from source

For windows, and more detailed instructions, head on over to Schnema1's fork

To compile this for the Venus GX (an Arm 7 processor), you can easily cross-compile with the following:

GOOS=linux GOARCH=arm GOARM=7 go build

Additional Info

For more details, see the thread on the Victron Energy community forums here:

https://community.victronenergy.com/questions/49293/alternative-to-et340-mqtt-sma-home-manager.html

TODO

  • Setup a start/stop script and describe how to install as a system service
  • Make builds and releases automatic
  • Test against fw upgrades of the Venus OS
  • Handle a power failure of the Home manager (or other network issues preventing updates)

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