My question is whether two CT sensors monitoring current on the same cable will affect each other.
I’ve a Microchip PIC based electricity monitor that’s been running for 2 years. Now I want to add gas meter monitoring. I’ll probably have to redesign the PCB, and certainly make firmware changes, so I’ll have to do extensive testing of the upgraded monitor side by side with the existing one. The accuracy on the existing monitor is good, about 0.1% on the PV line, and I don’t want to lose any accuracy on the ongoing measurements while testing the new monitor.
There are 4 sensors, three CT sensors on the grid, PV and immersion heater circuits, and one AC voltage. It would be easiest to connect two separate sets of sensors to the two monitors. However the meter tails for each circuit are short and each pair of sensors would necessarily touch each other. I suspect each transformer would disrupt the measurements of its adjacent one. Can anyone confirm this?
An alternative is to use only one set of sensors and split the output from each sensor into two, one to the existing monitor, one to the one under test. The sensor lines go to four ADC inputs on the PIC microcontroller. So each sensor line will be connected to an ADC input on two PICs, one on the existing monitor, one on the test monitor. I think this should work OK. Does anyone see any problems with it?
If you think there may be problems with both these approaches, do you have any other suggestions?