|“For complete, easy, affordable monitoring of any solar installation, Simple Solar recommends eGauge.”|
eGauge is an affordable, flexible, secure, web-based electric energy and power meter that can measure up to 12 circuits on up to 3-phases (120V−480V, 50−60Hz). Use it to measure and record whole-house consumption, solar, wind, and other renewable electricity generation, measure consumption of individual loads, such as appliances or the consumption of geothermal system pumps and backup heaters. The data can be viewed on any web-enabled device through the built-in web-server. The display is updated every second, giving immediate feedback on any load or generation changes. The device records the most recent 30 years of data in its built-in solid-state memory. The measurements can also be accessed through BACnet and/or can be pushed to a server via our XML API.The eGauge3 Series comes in two models: EG300x and EG301x. The EG300x must be connected to the network via the built-in Ethernet port, while The EG301x has both HomePlug and Ethernet-direct communication capabilities.
BenefitsInstalling an eGauge often pays for itself in a short amount of time.
For renewable energy-system installers, our eGuard Manager service provides a convenient way to monitor all your installed systems on a single screen and detect failures even before your customers do.
EG301x HomePlug EnabledPlease note, hardware shown for EG301x. The EG300x does not support HomePlug communication and must be installed in a separate enclosure, connected via Ethernet to the network. The EG301x supports both Ethernet-direct and HomePlug communication.
eGauge samples each measurement channel several thousand times a second in order to calculate real power (what the utility bills you for), apparent power, True RMS voltage, and current. The high-frequency and simultaneous sampling allows eGauge to establish the phase-relationship between the voltage and current channels and therefore it can detect which direction power is flowing (e.g., from grid to house, when power is being consumed, or from house to grid, when renewable-energy generation is greater than usage in the house).
Once a second, eGauge updates the following quantities:
The eGauge web interface provides a live view of these quantities through the channel checker (Tools→Channel Checker).
The eGauge Web Interface
The main screen of the eGauge web interface presents current consumption and generation info with a live, high-resolution graph:
The left portion of the graph displays recent historical data (most recent 24 hours in the example above), whereas the right portion is a gauge that is updated each second and displays current generation (green) and consumption (red). In the example above, at the time the snapshot was taken, the solar system was producing 7742 Watts of power while total consumption at the house was 1478 Watts.
The thick red line indicates total consumption whereas the thick green line indicates total generation. The red shaded area indicates the amount of energy consumed from the grid whereas the green shaded area indicates the amount of energy put back onto the grid.
By clicking on the "View" link at the top right of the main screen, on can select multiple informative views for the device. The kiosks are designed for non-interactive displays such as an entry-lobby or a kitchen tablet computer. The "Bunny Kiosk" automatically cycles through three screens: the first screen shows renewable energy generation since midnight. The second screen shows renewable energy generation since the eGauge was installed. The third screen shows a simplified version of the graph that is shown on the main screen.
The "Sleek Kiosk" display is a one-screen summary for the last three days. The comparison values provide some interesting conversions for energy production such as homes powered and miles driven, and the graph is set to the three day display by default. Preferences may be changed to allow different time lengths to be displayed, and choose the lower two conversions from a pre-set list.
For a moderate fee, the kiosk-view (as well as other aspects of the Web interface) can be customized. For example, the screenshot below shows a customized kiosk interface created for Sunray Services Inc:
Virtually every aspect of an eGauge's operation can be configured through the web-interface. Access to these screens is protected through a password that needs to be entered before saving any changes.
The screenshot below shows the Installation screen, which defines what kind of CTs are connected to the eGauge, what energy data (Registers) to record, and how total consumption and generation are to be calculated:
A technical data sheet of eGauge's specifications is available here. For more information on configuration options, see the eGauge Configuration Guide, available in the Support Section of this web site. For security and access information please see our Security Considerations page.
For building automation and control, eGauge supports the BACnet protocol. Using the eGauge BACnet setting screen (Settings→BACnet), the BACnet device id can be selected and eGauge can configured to use either the BACnet/IP (BIP) or BACnet/Ethernet data-link layers.
eGauge provides access to the current (second-by-second) measurements through the following Analog Input object groups: