In the search for an optical smart meter energy monitor to log and display electricity consumption data, I stumbled across a new product to market called Powerpal.
Powerpal is an optical energy monitor which reads the kWhr pulses for smart meters and has cloud based data storage and trending capabilities. This is not new technology but the Powerpal implementation is quite different to what I’ve seen previously.
I have Currentcost CT clamps that I’ve used with very limited success to monitor home energy consumption but as most people know, they are notoriously inaccurate as they don’t account for power factor. Optical smart meter readers are theoretically 100% accurate which is why this product will be great if it delivers.
The device stores consumption data locally in the transmitter and periodically sends the data to the cloud storage via a mobile phone app over a Bluetooth connection.
The Powerpal app allows historical data to be reviewed and also seems to be able to show energy usage in close to realtime.
The product web site provides quite a lot of detail about the programming API and it made me wonder if some clever person could create an interface to send data to PVoutput?
I have no association with Powerpal or any person working for the company.