OLEV Reporting Q
I work at a charge point operator, and I am a big open source fan and so I am trying to find a way to bring the awesome service that is OpenEnergyMonitor a bit of a revenue stream I guess, but I wanted to get some feedback from the community on the whole thing.
So please forgive me if I have picked the wrong thread, I am new to forums. We install charge points and to help customers we go through the Government subsidised OLEV grant scheme here in the UK. This helps people pay for the chargers and it helps us sell them. However, at the moment there is no centralised way of providing the reporting required by OLEV for workplace installations. This reporting is a simple .csv file that has to be emailed directly to OLEV and it proves the charger is being used etc. What I am thinking is that if you guys could make a product that is certified tamperproof that all the customers have to do is put their charger details and the unit, with a CT clamp, will report for them. So I am not sure if the ESP can do this alone, or if it needs the help from a RPi or something but I shouldn’t think so. What we would like to do is offer these devices as complete reporting solutions to our customers and we connect the device for them, put the details in and OLEV get their reporting and the customers get their grant and over all more people drive EVs and we help our poor planet - my overall goal always. At the moment, customers have to pay for a reporting service from a charger manufacturer and this is always inflated and at times clunky. This can actually be a barrier to customers going electric and I would like to try and get rid of that barrier.
Details of the OLEV information required is here https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/564605/workplace-charging-scheme-technical-spec.pdf
We would need this device in a complete little package (tamperproof), maybe a few LEDs to show errors etc and then connection to the emoncms where we can enter details of chargers etc and go from there.
My idea is that a lot of commercial/workplace people want certain chargers for a variety of reasons like aethetics and so on. Our business model revolves around being agnostic so we can install any charger. My idea with the external reporter device and CT clamp is that this also keeps it agnostic so we can link it up in any place with any charger and ultimately get more people going electric.
As a community please give me your feedback and once again I am sorry if I have picked an inappropriate thread, it is not my intention to annoy anyone. All I know is that opensource needs funding and I would like to try help with that and due to my work environment I have observed a niche. If you think about how many chargers will be going in with the rise of EVs in the UK and the world this could be an ideal way to boost opensource hardware. If we get super excited we could get the RPi foundation involved and all sorts. I think green energy solutions harmonises so well with opensource and I would like to try and crack the commercial shield with this kind of partnership.
OK enough from me. Please let me know your thoughts as a community.