The open source OpenEnergyMonitor co-founder Glyn Hudson has been interview over on the official Raspberry Pi Foundation website this week providing more details about the latest progress with the OpenEnergyMonitor project which also took to Kickstarter to raise funds to help the project move along.
The emonPi is an open-hardware Raspberry Pi and Arduino based web-connected energy and environmental monitoring unit. The team explain a little more about the emonPi energy monitor and how the Raspberry Pi mini PC has helped develop the platform.
I can remember my excitement at getting hold of the very first version of the Raspberry Pi in early 2012. Within a few hours of tearing open the padded envelope, we had Emoncms (our open-source web logging, graphing, and visualisation application) up and running locally on the Raspberry Pi. The Pi quickly became our web-connected base station of choice (emonBase). The following year, 2013, we launched the RFM12Pi receiver board (now updated to RFM69Pi). This allowed the Raspberry Pi to receive data via low-power RF 433Mhz from our emonTx energy monitoring unit, and later from our emonTH remote temperature and humidity monitoring node.
The emonPi energy monitor has been designed with community input to be easy to setup and install while still retaining maximum hackability and customisation for many different types of applications: home energy monitoring, solar PV monitoring, heat-pump monitoring and temperature & humidity monitoring.
The unit will be beautifully enclosed in a robust wall-mountable extruded aluminium enclosure designed and manufactured in the UK by our partners Lincoln Binns. Aluminium was chosen as unlike acrylic or ABS plastic it can be 100% recycled at end-of-life.
With a connection to the web via WIFI or Ethernet the emonPi will not just be a tidy bit of standalone hardware. The data it collects is posted real-time to Emoncms, our powerful open-source web-app, for processing, logging and visualising. Emoncms can be run locally on the emonPi itself, your own server, or you can use our free hosted service. The emonPi design is the cumulation of 6 years of collaborative development by the OpenEnergyMonitor team.
For the full interview jump over to the Raspberry Pi website via the link below.
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