Submitted by webmaster on Fri, 05/24/2019 - 14:27

Overview

The following is a list of other open source initiatives with goals similar to or closely related to those of the barzensuit.org project. Where appropriate, we attempt to identify if and how we are in cooperation with these projects. Finally, we provide our rationale for how the barzensuit.org project differs from other projects and if and why it must exist as an independent entity.

Each of the projects listed here has provided a worthwhile reference and inspiration over the course of development of the barzensuit.org MPPT/BMS project(s). Each has also failed to meet the design goals of the barzensuit.org project.

Projects

foxBMS

https://foxbms.org/

Cooperation

barzensuit.org is not in cooperation with this project, which is an initiative of the German research society institute Fraunhofer IISB (https://www.iisb.fraunhofer.de/).

Differences

The scope of this project far exceeds the goals of the barzensuit.org MPPT/BMS initiatives. It is nonetheless a well-funded and organized open source hardware/software project and certainly worthy of examination.

ElectroDacus SMBS40/SMBS120

https://electrodacus.com/

Cooperation

barzensuit.org is not in cooperation with this project.

Differences

ElectroDacus provides a means of managing battery storage of solar generated electricity for powering an off grid residence. The requirement of a DC/AC inverter plus the design requirements for power consumption exceed the goals of the barzensuit.org MPPT/BMS projects.

Adafruit LiPoly USB Solar Charger

https://learn.adafruit.com/usb-dc-and-solar-lipoly-charger/using-the-charger?view=all#downloads

Cooperation

barzensuit.org is not in cooperation with this project.

Differences

The key differences between this project and the barzensuit.org project(s) is the former does not aim to provide a true MPPT solution, nor is it designed to interface with a micro-controller via an industry standard interface such as I2C.

ACME Cape

https://baylibre.com/acme/

Cooperation

barzensuit.org is not in cooperation with this project. In march 2018, we contacted the project team at BayLibre requesting reference designs for the electronics. At the time of writing, we have yet to receive these.

Differences

This appears to be an open source project on the software side only. Most open source enthusiasts agree that BeagleBoard (http://beagleboard.org/) is not full open source owing to dependencies on proprietary components. Our interest in the project was to migrate from a BeagleBoard to an Arduino microcontroller so as to achieve a full open-source solution.