Capturing and sharing renewable energy generation data

Latest Solar PV energy production data (kWh)

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NB: these figures do not take into account size of array, orientation, etc. Some feeds are not updated often enough to show daily data.

Latest Solar Thermal energy production data (kWh thermal)

Year JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
2016 38840329623513579
2017 45942553634393343893903006225177
2018 16255213256

A new project to capture, store and share power generation and use data from domestic renewable energy installations, including solar, wind and solar/geo thermal sources. We will employ low-cost off-the-shelf systems, such as the emonPi, to send data to a central data store and allow students and courses to query that data in a wide variety of ways. We will make the collected data available to students and researchers.

Our initial installation makes use of the open energy monitor products, made in North Wales. These low-cost devices are quick and easy to set up, transmit their data over your domestic Internet connection and employ open-source software. They are also expandable - both to monitor a variety of sensors, including current and temperature, and into the arena of control.

Contributed data is anonymized and the location of the source limited to a partial postcode.

Project members:

  • Chris Valentine - hardware, data collection and database
  • Roger Bradley - OU Associate Lecturer
  • Allan Third - data processing
  • John Domingue - project manager

If you have a renewable energy installation and would like to contribute data, please download and complete a site profile form and return it to the address indicated. If you would like to make use of the data we collect in your teaching or simply ask questions about the project, please use the contact form. You do not have to have an existing association with The Open University.

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Contributing partners - 'view' links are to individuals' data visualisation(s):

  • The Open University - The Open University (MK7)
    • Data comes from: Commercial portal
    • Last data sent 00:00:00 19 Mar 2018
    • Readings contributed: 1,845
  • Chris Valentine - (LU7)
    • Data comes from: KMi hardware
    • Last data sent 17:33:01 28 Mar 2018
    • Readings contributed: 1,713,982
    • View Live feeds
  • Roger Bradley - Tutor for T213, T313, T452 and U116 (TF9)
  • Roj Hudman - Renewable energy installer (B74)
    • Data comes from: KMi hardware
    • Last data sent 10:05:58 23 May 2018
    • Readings contributed: 13,165,618
    • View Live feeds
  • Jeremy Roebuck - Tutor for B100, B122 and B322 (EH41)
  • Associate lecturer with a solar PV installation (B90)
    • Data comes from: KMi hardware
    • Last data sent 17:00:41 31 May 2017
    • Readings contributed: 6,867,354
    • View Live feeds
  • Natalie - OU Student (MK17)
    • Data comes from: KMi hardware
    • Last data sent 10:05:51 23 May 2018
    • Readings contributed: 6,624,951
    • View Live feeds
  • Andy - Tutor for Renewable energy T313 (W13)
    • Data comes from: KMi hardware
    • Last data sent 10:05:50 23 May 2018
    • Readings contributed: 9,829,413
    • View Live feeds
  • Jens - Student with solar PV installations (Anogia, Crete)
    • Data comes from: Commercial portal
    • Last data sent 00:00:00 20 Mar 2018
    • Readings contributed: 73,142
  • Tomaz - Student on an environmental management and technology degree (Feistritz an der Gail, Austria)
    • Data comes from: Commercial portal
    • Last data sent 00:00:00 28 Feb 2018
    • Readings contributed: 15,332
  • Charles - (Guildford)
    • Data comes from: Personal record
    • Last data sent 00:00:00 30 Nov 2016
    • Readings contributed: 641
  • Mike - Student studying T313 Renewable Energy (DY10)
    • Data comes from: KMi hardware
    • Last data sent 10:06:08 23 May 2018
    • Readings contributed: 8,199,412
  • Member of the Energage MK/Champions network (MK15)
    • Data comes from: Other hardware
    • Last data sent 10:00:00 23 May 2018
    • Readings contributed: 20,046
  • Nick Braithwaite - (OX33)
    • Data comes from
    • Last data sent 10:06:03 23 May 2018
    • Readings contributed: 275,717

Recent news articles of interest...

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    Wind power in the UK set a new record recently by generating 14 gigawatts for the first time - nearly 37 per cent of the the country's electricity. The National Grid control room confirmed that 13.9 gigawatts was the highest ever metered wind output.
  • US slaps 'America First' tariffs on washing machines and solar panels
    The US has approved controversial tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels. The move is in line with President Donald Trump's "America First" trade policy, which aims to protect local manufacturers from foreign competition. A spokesman said the administration would "always defend American workers, farmers, ranchers and businessmen". But China and South Korea, whose manufacturers will be most heavily affected, criticised the move. US officials said more trade enforcement actions would follow.
  • Regulators reject Energy Secretary Rick Perry's plan to subsidize coal and nuclear plants
    Federal regulators on Monday rejected a rule proposed by Energy Secretary Rick Perry that would have subsidized coal and nuclear power plants in some parts of the United States.
  • Diesel's UK market share to keep plummeting
    Diesel vehicles could see their share of the UK car market plummet from around 50 per cent a few years ago to just 15 per cent by 2025, hammered by a 'perfect storm' of environmental concerns and Government policy, a study by Aston University has found.

    Last week, figures from the Society of Motor Manufactures and Traders found that demand for diesel cars slumped by more than 17 per cent last year, something which the trade body attributes to anti-diesel rhetoric and the potential for tax hikes putting would-be buyers off.
  • Blockchain-powered P2P energy trading on trial at Britain's biggest social housing PV installation
    Verv, an energy monitoring and AI company, has laid claim to launching the UK's first energy trading community at a housing estate in Hackney, East London.

    The machine learning specialist has collaborated with community renewables developer Repowering London to conduct a field trial of its blockchain-based peer-to-peer energy trading solution at Banister House, a housing estate which has previously benefitted from community solar installs.
  • Roll-up solar panels power Flat Holm island
    Roll-up solar panels are being used to help power an island off the coast of Cardiff. The Rapid Roll system allows flexible solar panels to be unrolled like a carpet from a trailer in two minutes. The pioneering technology aims to meet demands from increased tourism and environmental and logistical challenges on Flat Holm.

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Current grid carbon intensity

Latest generation data by source as of 23 May 2018, 09:05:

  • Closed-cycle gas turbine - 15049 MW
  • Oil - 0 MW
  • Coal - 246 MW
  • Nuclear - 6215 MW
  • Wind - 2657 MW
  • Pumped storage hydro - 773 MW
  • Non-pumped storage hydro - 373 MW
  • Open-cycle gas turbine - 0 MW
  • Other - 130 MW
  • French Interconnector - 1995 MW
  • Irish Interconnector - 0 MW
  • Dutch Interconnector - 516 MW
  • East-West Interconnector - 161 MW

Total generation 28115MW, giving a grid carbon intensity for domestic generation figure of 451.81 gCO2/kWh

The calculations are made as follows: for each generation figure, normalise by the total demand (ignoring negative values on interconnections since this is counted in the generation elsewhere already) and multiply by the carbon intensity of each specific generation type; then divide by 0.93 to account for generation that is lost in transmission. Note that solar PV generation is not measured centrally.


Data from https://www.elexon.co.uk/, with thanks to Prof. Alex Rogers, Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford.