The BCS OSSG and the OSHUG are hosting a talk on a topic which has been a recurring theme and of much interest at previous meetings, open energy platforms.
There will be talks on Open Inverter, OpenTRV, OpenEnergyMonitor and heat pump monitoring, with a focus also on interoperability. The evening meeting will also be preceded by an interoperability hack day for project contributors.
This event is free to attend for both BCS Members and non-members but booking is required. Places are limited; please book as soon as possible.
Note: Please aim to arrive by 18:15 as the event will start at 18:30 prompt.
Low power DC conversion using open source hardware
The Open Inverter is a micro inverter designed to produce an AC power output of up to 250 VA. It uses modular, open source PCB designs for both it’s controller and power boards — and is extendible to larger power outputs or for other power electronics projects, such as battery charging, DC ring mains and DC power transformation using buck-boost DC/DC converters.
Open Inverter will provide an AC output from a single 250W photovoltaic panel, micro-hydro turbine. It also has applications in electric bike charging and DC power storage. The key PCBs are currently at either the layout or manufacture stage. The microcontroller board features an RFM69 low power wireless, making it compatible with the Open Energy Monitor ecosystem.