this is my first post. i work for the Centre for Sustainable Energy, an energy charity based in Bristol. A key part of our work is in providing energy advice to households. We have recently been involved in a 2 year project partnered with 2 universities to develop an electricity, temperature and humidity sensing application. Known as the Chariot project (https://www.cse.org.uk/projects/view/1277), the idea was to develop a easily deployable set of sensing kit generating data that was readily visualised and viewable through a web app (the latest configuration of this will work with the emon kit). The application aims to help our team of energy advisors work with clients either in their home or over the phone, providing a far more engaging and rich experience.
This we have largely achieved and the project is ongoing as we develop new functionality but the key piece of the jigsaw that is still missing is the ability to reliably sense gas consumption. As much of our work is with vulnerable, low income groups who often underheat their homes (to save money) this is something we want to address (most households in the UK are heated with gas). We have looked at the LOOP system (available through amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Loop-Energy-Electricity-monitors-tracker/dp/B00YNCJB3S/ref=sr_1_1?s=diy&ie=UTF8&qid=1475501168&sr=1-1&keywords=loop+gas+and+electricity ) but this does not suit our 3 week deployment process (you have to send it back to the factory to be reset after each deployment).
We’d also rather use something that sends data to an open database that we can access and that works with the emon set up. So my question is:
Do any on the forum have any suggestions for a robust, low cost proprietary gas monitoring solution?
I’ve seen other posts here on that but they are all quite old and refer to technology that seem like it would require a lot of technical development?. Something new may have come along more recently…
Hope to hear from you. thanks