Solar Power to the People

Folks, the solar workshop season is opening. I am looking for someone to help me find and implement a fool-proof ‪#‎Arduino‬-based design of a monitoring unit for‪#‎solar‬ ‪#‎cookers‬, water heaters, air heating panels etc.

The idea is that the unit should gather data from a set of cheap sensors (temperature water/air, flow water/air, solarisation) and upload it over wi-fi to some website to present them as a graph, with some calculations and statistics.

I am quite dim in electronics and very thin spread at the moment, so I will not be able to learn it all and do it yourself. What I can is to make 1-2 modules, start using them and promote them during my workshops and presentations. Potentially, it is a great opportunity to expand ‪#‎IoT‬ (Internet of Things) and it has some money-generating potential as well.

There are more funny and interesting projects like this down the queue.

So, anybody interested enough to join forces?

I am…

See the Greek effort at FreeLab here.  Adding American hub to network.

About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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