Open Smart Meter New Features

As many of you have hopefully seen, the Open Smart Meter was recently developed by First Electric. We have received much interest from potential adopters (link here, if you haven’t check it out yet: Smartmeter - EnAccess

After talking with various potential adopters, we have received some feedback on potential improvements for the Open Smart Meter. I would be interested in getting feedback on what potential changes or improvements might make the meter more interesting to potential adopters?

  1. Addition of Open PayGO token based on charging by kWh usage rather than time based
  2. Adaptation of Cicada wifi so meter can communicate via wifi to internet connection point
  3. Addition of mesh communication for meter usage in applications with multiple meters such as minigrids
  4. 3-Phase version for monitoring larger commercial loads

If you have any of your own suggestions or would like to particularly see any of the above implemented please let us know by commenting below.

We are excited to share that EnAccess is supporting Solarly as it works to combine two of our innovations. The first phase of the work has already begun, and Solarly is actively restructuring the code with feedback from EnAccess and First Electric. This will make it easier to add in the code for the Open PAYGO token once the modifications are complete.

In the next phase, the OpenPAYGO-Token will be modified to support energy-based (kWh) tracking, replacing the current time-based tracking. Once this is done, Solarly will incorporate the OpenPAYGO-Token into the Open Smart Meter code. We will continue to provide support and guidance throughout the process.

We are thrilled to see Solarly’s commitment to innovation and energy access, and we look forward to sharing more updates with you in the coming weeks and months. We also welcome requests and suggestions for innovation modifications of the Open Smart Meter that could better serve the Energy Access community.