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OPQ wins UH President's Green Award Feb 8, 2018

The Open Power Quality Project won a 2108 University of Hawaii President’s Green Award for a project to provide agile power quality monitoring to support the UH net-zero energy mandate and microgrid operations at UH Manoa. The award is accompanied by a $10,000 grant from the HEI Charitable Foundation.

For more information on the Green Awards, please see the Press Release.

OPQ presents at Kyushu University's Energy Week Feb 1, 2018

Anthony Christe was invited to attend Energy Week 2018 at Kyushu University, Japan and present ideas for collaboration between Kyushu University energy researchers and the Open Power Quality project.

Our proposals for collaboration include topics of big data, hardware design, data analytics, and front-end web design.

Here’s a link to Anthony’s poster with more details.

We are excited about this possibility!

OPQ Fall 2017 Update Sep 6, 2017

It’s been too long since we published an OPQ news item! We’re working hard on rolling out a vastly improved version of OPQ:

  • OPQ now supports a suite of cloud-based services called Mauka, Makai, and View. This increases the flexibility and scalability of OPQ.

  • We are actively investigating manufacturing services. No more in-house soldering! This will enable us to easily scale up the production of OPQBoxes and decrease the price.

  • If all goes according to plan, we will be making OPQ technology widely available by 2018. Stay tuned!

OPQ Year End Review Dec 6, 2016

Serge Negrashov put together this nice slide deck to summarize progress on the OPQ hardware project. Enjoy!

OPQBox engineering samples now running! Dec 1, 2016

Just in time for the holidays! We have assembled a small batch of OPQBoxes with our latest design, and they are now collecting and sending data to our new software infrastructure. We are excited about this design as it should provide higher accuracy data that is more amenable to analysis than our previous generation.

We will have another announcement soon when our documentation is brought up to date.

Google groups is dead; long live Slack! Nov 30, 2016

As some of you might have noticed, our OPQ Google Group has been dormant for quite a while.

It’s not because we haven’t been working or communicating, it’s because we’ve moved over to Slack for our internal communications. We’ve recently decided to open up our Slack Team for outside collaborators to help us improve communication.

So, if you’re interested in the OPQ Project and want to learn more about our ongoing progress, please email Philip Johnson ( to request an invitation to the OPQ Slack Team.

OPQBox2 Design, V3 Sep 22, 2015

We are super, duper psyched to announce that a third design for our second generation OPQBox hardware device is now available for review at the OPQBox2 Repo Home Page.

We are making engineering samples of this design, although we are also continuing to make design changes and improvements. Here’s a list of issues we’re working on.

Please take a look and let us know what you think.

OPQBox2 Design, V2 Jan 29, 2015

We are super psyched to announce that a second design for our second generation OPQBox hardware device is now available for review at the OPQBox2 Repo Home Page.

This version of the design incorporates lots of fixes found during the “initial” design’s review.

Please take a look and let us know what you think. We hope to make engineering samples during February, 2015.

OPQBox2 design available for review Oct 27, 2014

We have recently completed the initial design of the second generation of our OPQBox hardware device.

If you are interested in reviewing our design, please see the OPQBox2 repository.

Looking forward to your commments and suggestions!

Pipeline pilot published! Oct 20, 2014

The pilot study of the first generation of OPQ hardware and software is mostly complete, and we have written up our results here.

The pilot study provided insight into the strengths and weaknesses of our hardware and software platform, and also demonstrated that our system can detect grid-wide events.

Pipeline pilot begins! Aug 1, 2014

The OPQ team is delighted to announce the start of a pilot study to evaluate our Generation 1 (Pipeline) technology.

The pilot study will involve deployment of 5 OPQBoxes to various locations around Oahu, with the data sent to our public OPQHub.

The goal of the study is to improve the usability of our software interface, discover bugs, and (with any luck) collect some interesting power quality events.

Technical Report: Enabling active participation in the Smart Grid through crowdsourced power quality data Apr 2, 2014

The OPQ team has published a technical report proposing a three year project to investigate the use of open power quality.

Abstract: This technical report presents a research project designed to gain insight into the following questions: Can crowdsourced power quality data enable active participation in the Smart Grid? What are the technical, social, behavioral, and economic requirements for crowdsourced data that make it effective for detection, monitoring, prediction and diagnosis of selected Smart Grid power quality issues? And finally, how can these project outcomes improve “citizen science” in general and the kinds of intrinsic and extrinsic motivators needed for successful outcomes?

The complete technical report is available here.

OPQ at the Energy Excelerator Feb 4, 2014

Last week Justin Carland and Philip Johnson participated in the Energy Excelerator’s 2014 Seed Week program. Representatives from nine energy-related startups attended an 8 day immersive experience at the Energy Excelerator offices in downtown Honolulu. This week kicked off a year-long process of mentorship to help the startups become viable businesses that create a more positive energy future in Hawaii and across the world. For more details, see Philip Johnson’s blog post.

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