Talking to a DDM18SD Energy Meter

I had obtained three samples of a DDM18SD DIN rail mounted energy meter unit. I got mine from a UK supplier on eBay, but they are available here at AliExpress and in many different places. The unit I obtained was a single phase unit for directly measuring up to 5A and 240V AC, but up … more

CO2 Monitor

I’ve had a low cost carbon dioxide (CO2) sensor sitting on my desk for over a year! I thought why not get this thing recording, as I have already done a load of work sending data to MQTT feeds. The CO2 sensor I purchased was the MH-Z14A. The datasheet is available here. I did a … more

COVID Cases Monitor

I wanted to produce a small display for simple items of data streamed/taken from the internet. My initial plan was to look at environmental monitoring, but this was Feb 2020 and covid-19 hit the UK about this time. I saw that the UK government were making the cases data publicly available & so I set … more

Creating a Weather Display

Getting Weather Data Designing Logos for Display I wanted to figure out how to design my own logos and bitmap graphics for displaying on the E-Paper. I had tried out the logos above but wanted to create my own icons for this unit. I searched a bit and found this LCD Icon Converter program. I … more

TTGO E-Paper Display

I picked up a really nice and low priced E-Paper display, called the TTGO E-Paper Series. Mine is the T5 V2.3, which uses a 2.19″ E-Paper display, has an SD card slot, a bit of flash memory, one I/O button and some clever power management ICs. It uses the ESP-32 WiFi System on a Chip … more

Workshop Environment Monitor

I have built an environmental monitoring unit for my workshop. This measures: Air Temperature, Humidity & Pressure PM2.5 and PM10 Particulate values Radiation levels It shows the data on a small OLED screen. There is a large LED RGB display which changes colour if data goes above warning levels. This unit sends data to AdafruitIO via MQTT messages. This … more

Latrine Logger Unit

The Latrine Logger was developed for Water For People. Water For People is an international non-profit working across 9 countries to bring safe water and sanitation to 4 million people. Water for People want to see communities break free from the cycle of poverty and spend time growing, learning, and thriving, instead of walking for … more

RPM sensor

Monitoring the rotational speed of the wind turbine blades can help with power performance measurements. This post shows various techniques to measure the rotational speed of a ‘wild AC’ output small wind turbine. In this system, the wild AC is rectified into DC and either delivered to a battery or to a grid-connected inverter. The … more

DataDuino – Arduino data acquisition unit

The DataDuino data acquisition (DAQ) kit is designed to be robust and configurable but relatively simple. It is based upon the Arduino platform (using the Uno bootloader). It stores data to an SD card and uses a real time clock for accurate timestamping. The fastest resolution is 1 second sampling, up to 99999 second sampling. … more

Renewable Energy Resource Monitor

Following on from the work done for the Wind Datalogger and the Latrine Logger, we are bringing these ideas together to create a Renewable Energy Resource Monitor. This is a Arduino-based data-logger which has a range of sensors which can measure different weather resources which relate to renewable energy generators. The end result is low-cost … more

Latrine Logger Prototype

I have been working along with Nicola Greene (in conjunction with Water for People and Engineers Without Border UK) and James Fowkes (a fellow Nottingham Hackspace member) to look at the issue of data monitoring for pit latrines. A group of us had a hackday at Nottingham Hackspace to discuss the problem, look at solutions … more