At the end of 2018, I got a set of solar panels installed at home and the inverter came with a wifi endpoint in it to allow me to log into its dashboard. So like a good technologist I decided to crack open my toolbox and worked out how the dashboard worked. As it turned out it is a simple SPA that talks to a series of API endpoints that provides the data.
But this not only requires me to be at home to access the dashboard, it only provides me with a point in time view of the data. How can I compare my power generation today to yesterday or last week? If I was able to build up enough data over time what insights could I get into my energy usage patterns? Are there other interesting things I can determine by looking at this data?
Armed with the knowledge of how to scrape the data I decided to set about creating an IoT project that would allow me to pull the data out of my inverter and store it in the cloud for me to report on.
So come on a journey as we look at how to create an application to run on an IoT device, push it to the cloud and leverage an eventing model to process our data. We’ll explore the local dev experience and how you build an IoT project for yourself.
Meet Your Speaker: Aaron Powell