Welcome to rctclient's documentation!
This documentation covers the rctclient python library, used to interact with solar inverters by RCT Power GmbH by implementing their proprietary "RCT Power Serial Communication Protocol". It also serves as documentation of the protocol itself. As such, the main focus is on supporting the vendors devices, but the library can be used for own implementations just as well.
Disclaimer: Neither the python library nor this documentation is in any way affiliated with or supported by RCT Power GmbH in any way. Do not ask them for support regarding anything concerning the content of the material provided by this project.
2nd Disclaimer: Use the material provided by this project (code, documentation etc.) at your own risk. None of the contributors can be held liable for any damage that may occur by using the information provided. See also the LICENSE file for further information.
The CLI is meant for end users who wish to easily extract values without having to write a program.
The library is intended for developers who wish to enable their software to interact with the devices.
The documentation is also mostly targeted at developers, but some of the information may be of use for everyone else, too.
The CLI is pretty low-level, however, and you may wish to use a ready-to-use solution for integrating the devices into your own home automation or to monitor them. In this case, here's a randomly sorted list open source tools that may be of interest for you:
solaranzeige.de (German) is a complete solution running on a Raspberry Pi.
rctmon exposes a Prometheus endpoint and fills an InfluxDB (using this library).
OpenWB (German) is an open source wallbox.
Integrations for Node-Red, Homematic and a lot of other systems can be found in their respective communities.
- Write support
- Tools and scripts
The original implementation was done by GitHub user pob90, including a simulator that can be used for development and a command line tool to manually query single objects from the device. The simulator proved to be invaluable when developing software that interfaces with RCT devices and when porting the code to Python 3. The original code is based on the official documentation by the vendor (version 1.8, later updated to 1.13).
The original implementation can be found here: https://github.com/pob90/openWB/tree/master/modules/rct_power
The implementation was done for use with the OpenWB project. The projects goal is to provide an open source wall box for charging electric cars, and it needs to interface with various devices in order to optimize its usage of energy, such as only charging when the solar inverter signals an abundance of energy.
The project was, however, implemented as pure Python 2 code. As Python 2 is officially dead and the first distributions completed its removal, the first step was to convert everything to Python 3. Once the code worked (again), the structure was changed to span multiple files instead of one single file, some classes were split, many were renamed and variable constants were converted to enums and PEP-484 type hinting was added.
See the CHANGELOG for the history since.