Carbon Co-op & OpenEnergyMonitor build weekend – Day 1

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Carbon Coop & OpenEnergyMonitor build weekend – Day 1

Location: Terrace NQ, 43 Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1NA

Date: 16-11-2013
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 18:00


Carbon Coop and OpenEnergyMonitor are hosting a joint weekend event in Manchester. Join the meetup group to book a free place.

There will be three main parts to the weekend:

Build an OpenEnergyMonitor system (Saturday 10AM – 6PM) – PLEASE NOTE WE ARE NEXT DOOR TO MADLAB AT TERRACE NQ.

This is a chance to build a monitoring system with the support of others who have built systems before, Matt Fawcett and Trystan Lea will be on hand to help, we will walk through building the emonTx energy monitoring sensor node, and how to setup a Raspberry Pi basestation running emoncms.

With this you can explore and track changes in home electricity use over time via a web dashboard.

If you’ve already got an OpenEnergyMonitor system but need some help getting it to work, you’re also welcome to attend this workshop, so please bring your monitor along.

To complete the build you will need:

EmonTx 868Mhz

• Programmer – USB to serial UART

Mini USB cable

USB power adapter

• AC-AC Adapter – AC voltage sensor

• Raspberry Pi – Model B

• RFM12Pi Raspberry Pi Expansion board kit  868Mhz

• Micro USB Cable

USB Power supply for Raspberry Pi

• Sandisk SDHC 8GB for Raspberry Pi

• 1 metre cat-5 cable

The total build price if you get everything from the OpenEnergyMonitor shop is £121.5 inc VAT.

If you already have a Raspberry Pi and spare USB power supplies, micro and mini USB cables (they often come with newer mobile phones) you can do the whole build for £68.50.

There will be a limited number of these kits available on the day (at the same cost), to make sure you can build, please order these beforehand.

Put a note in your order message that you need the kits for the weekend so that we can make sure you have them.

If you want to read-up on the build guides and learn more about the system before the event take a look here:

Show and tell

We’re excited that Robin Emley will be joining us to demonstrate his Solar PV Diverter on the Saturday:

If you’d like to come and show what you’ve been working on around open source monitoring and control, please do get in contact to let us know if you are coming.

Hackathon (both Saturday and Sunday)

There will be a table dedicated to just developing something new, hardware or software. For example editing or amending the monitor’s online display dashboards or improving energy modeling tools such as OpenSAP.

Sign up

Please sign up to our meetup group if you’re coming so that we have an idea about numbers and let us know if you need any of the kit to complete the build above.