Open Energy Tools & Interoperability (Open Inverter, OpenTRV, Heat Pump Monitoring) – London 18/2/2016

The BCS OSSG and theOSHUGare 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.

The event will be held on Thursday Thursday 18th February atBCS HQ?EUR” 1st Floor, The Davidson Building,5 Southampton Street,London,WC2E 7HA, [map] from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

This event is free to attend for both BCS Members and non-members butbooking 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 ?EUR” 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.


Exploring “Open” in Energy, Electricity from Woodchips, OpenTRV – London 19/02/2015

The BCS OSSG and the OSHUG are hosting three talks which look at Open Source technologies in support of the generation and efficient use of energy.

The event will be held on Thursday 19th February at BCS HQ –  5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA from 5:30pm to 8:00pm.

This event is free to attend for both BCS Members and non-members but booking is required.

Exploring “Open” in Energy

Hydrogen fuel cellsArcola Energy builds energy systems using fuel cells powered by hydrogen. Fuel cells are one of those great ideas that has yet to gain much traction in real markets. They put men on the moon, but since then commercial progress has been slow. One way of opening up uses of fuel cells is to involve a much wider developer community. To explore this Arcola has developed a fuel cell developer kit and started on the road to working with Open Source groups. This talk will look at our journey, the success to far and the challenges ahead.

Richard Kemp-Harper is a former research scientist who spent several years managing web development, including Open Source systems at Oxfam. He then moved into technology and innovation, working at Innovate UK running innovation programmes in intelligent mobility, rail and energy. He specialises in not being a specialist.