Sridhar Rajagopal
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Internet-Connected Energy Monitor

In this article, I explain how I integrated Dr. Wattson Board with Raspberry Pi and AWS IoT to create an Internet-connected energy monitor.

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Internet-Connected Energy Monitor

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Custom parts and enclosures

Dr. Wattson laser cut acrylic enclosure

The following is a laser cut acrylic enclosure to put Dr. Wattson board in, so the high voltage lines and output are isolated and you can safely use the digital pins with your Raspberry Pi without worrying about dealing with high voltage.


Raspberry Pi wiring to Dr. Wattson Energy Monitoring Board

Dr. Wattson Energy Monitoring Board is based on MCP39F521 from Microchip and the communications is via I2C, and also includes 2 pins for event and ZCD notification (that are unused in this example). Connect Dr. Wattson headers to the Raspberry Pi as shown to start communicating with it. I will also include a Python library for easy communications, which I have started developing.


Code snippet #24

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    result = wattson.readMCP39F521()
    print "VoltageRMS = " + str(result['VoltageRMS'])
    print "CurrentRMS = " + str(result['CurrentRMS'])
    print "LineFrequency = " + str(result['LineFrequency'])
    print "ActivePower = " + str(result['ActivePower'])
    print "ReactivePower = " + str(result['ReactivePower'])
    print "ApparentPower = " + str(result['ApparentPower'])

Code snippet #29

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    JSONPayload = '{{"state":{{"reported":{{"voltageRMS":{0}, "currentRMS":{1}, "lineFrequency":{2}, "activePower":{3}, "reactivePower":{4}, "apparentPower":{5} }} }} }}'.format(result['VoltageRMS'], result['CurrentRMS'], result['LineFrequency'], result['ActivePower'], result['ReactivePower'], result['ApparentPower'])
    print JSONPayload
    deviceShadowHandler.shadowUpdate(JSONPayload, None, 5)
    loopCount += 1


Upbeat Labs Dr. Wattson Energy Monitoring Board Library

Dr. Wattson Python Library


Sridhar Rajagopal

Sridhar Rajagopal

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Entrepreneur. Software Engineer. Maker. Tinkerer. Internet-of-things addict.