The Dashboard home page will be presented to you when you select the dashboard link from your 'My Account' portal. This view provides an overview of what's happening right now, and today, on your network as well as quick navigation to other functionality including configuration, charts and downloads.
Go to the Dashboard by logging into the customer portal https://www.powergenius.net/my-account/ and selecting the Dashboard link. You can return to this view at any time from other dashboard views by selecting the 'dashboard link' from the task bar (if it's displayed) or the dashboard menu on a mobile device.
From the dashboard home page you can
- view the amount of power that has been produced or consumed in the last measurement period and today
- view total power produced or consumed, or total running time over a period of time using custom meters
- switch an appliance on or off for controlled appliances
- quickly access modules to view charts, download data or view and edit a module's configure
- customise of change the layout of the dashboard
You manage and view the state of your PowerGenius system using application modules which are represented on the Dashboard view by tiles. More than one PowerGenius system can be presented on one Dashboard.
Each user has their own Dashboard view which is associated with their user login.
The following dashboard shows two application modules, HWC and Power. These are associated with 'hot water controller' and 'power management' devices respectively. In this case the power module combines grid-mains and solar power on the same tile. The name of a module can be changed by the user. The name of the module is common to all users of a particular network. The module is unique to the network.
In the next example, the Dashboard shows Grid and Solar/Load power as separate modules as well as modules for three appliances viz hot water, a dish washer and washing machine. The tiles are presented in alphanumeric order. In this case the tiles have been named by preceeding the name with a number to order the tiles.
The tiles presented are grouped into sections. In the dashboard above there is only a single section.
Sections are convenient if there are many devices to manage, multiple phases or multiple networks. For instance if you wanted to manage more than one dwelling, each dwelling could be grouped into its own section. Alternatively you may choose to group all appliances together in one section to provide easy access to turn appliances on, or off, remotely.
The name of the section and the way tiles are grouped into sections is up to you. See 'Setting Up the Dashboard' below for more information on creating and managing sections.
You can collapse or expand the view of a section by selecting the icon to the right of the section bar.
The PowerGenius system has many application modules that perform monitoring or control functions. An application module is represented on the dashboard by a tile. You can choose which modules are displayed on the dashboard view by editing an existing section or adding new sections.
To edit the content of a section, change the order of sections select the edit icon to the right of the section bar.
Grid Solar Module
The Solar module shown below combines Grid and Solar data has been named 'Power'. The name of the module ican be changed by the user.
Alternatively, your dashboard could present the Local Grid Local Solar module. In this case the tile is displaying the total power imported and exported for the day. In both cases the same data is available in the table of values presented in the body of the tile.
The time of the last measurement is shown above the energy usage figures. The last measurement should be within five minutes of the current time. The data on the dashboard will automatically refresh when new data becomes available. In the example the last update was at 14:47.
Power data is presented using a table format. The left most column shows the measurement type e.g. Export. The colour of the row also indicates whether the power measured over the interval has been greater than zero. Two data values are shown in each row. The values are updated at regular intervals, typically every one minute or every five minutes.
The average power measured over the last measurement interval is shown in kW (kilowatt) in the first, or left, data column.
The total power measured since midnight is shown in kWh (kilowatt hours) in the second data column.
You can compare this to a car's fuel consumption where the average power would be equivalent to the average fuel consumption in the last five minutes (litres/100km) and the total power would be the total amount of fuel used so far today (litres). The power rating of an appliance is typically given in kW. kWh is the unit generally used by power retailers for tariffs and calculating your power bill.
The Export values show the average amount of power exported to the grid over the measurement interval (typically one minute or five minutes) and total amount of power exported so far today. For the 'Local Grid Local Solar' example an average of 0.86kW of power has been exported over the last measurement interval and a total of o,485 Wh has been exported since midnight.
The Import values show the average amount of power imported from the grid over the last measurement interval and total amount of power imported so far today. In the example the green background colour of the label indicates that the system is currently importing power.
Sometimes your system may show that it has been importing and exporting power at the same time. This is the case in the example above where both the export and import values are greater than zero for the interval which is also indicated by the colour of the row. Both import and export can be measured over the same interval because the values are averaged over the measurement interval. i.e. The system could have started importing at the beginning of the interval and then exported at the end of the interval. Your retail power company will have measured both.
The Load values show the amount of power being consumed and that has been consumed so far for the day. This could be from imported power, solar power produced or both sources.
The Solar values show the amount of power being produced and produced so far for the day.
The Voltage measurement gives you an indication of the quality of your power. The preferred operating range is between 225V (230V-2%) and 244V (230V + 6%) but greater operating range is allowed particularly for short periods of time. While most appliances have a standard power rating of 230V there are older appliances with a nominal rating of 240V. If the voltage is lower than rated an appliance may draw a greater current. See your country's power standards for allowable standards of quality.
The Frequency measurement is another indication of power quality. The normal frequency range is between 49.9 and 50.1 Hz.
Appliance Control Module
The Appliance Control Module shown below has been set up to manage a domestic hot water cylinder. In this case the module has been named 'HWC'.
The power value presented at the top of the tile is the average power measured over the last measurement interval in kVA which is similar to kW. The tile title is green indicating that the device has consumed power over the last measurement interval.
The Power value shows the total power consumed by the appliance since midnight.
The Runtime is the total time the appliance has been running since midnight.
Temerature1 is the top temperature sensor reading for a hot water cylinder. This temperature will be maintained at or above the minimum temperature configured for the appliance and below the maximum temperature configured for the appliance. N.B. For domestic hot water cylinders with a single element the top temperature sensor is usually positioned half way up the hot water cylinder to insure at least half of the hot water stored is maintained above the minimum temperature.
Temperature2 is the temperature reading at the bottom of the hot water cylinder. This value will change quickly when hot water is being consumed.
Sterilisation indicates the status of sterilisation. The hot water cylinder will be heated above the sterilisation temperature, typically 60 degrees Celsius, every seven days.
The Mode is automatic but can be changed to manual by manually turning the hot water cylinder on or off. In automatic mode the hot water cylinder, or appliance, will be automatically controlled using the settings configured for the appliance. The configuration settings can be viewed by double clicking on the tile header and selecting 'View the configuration'
Click On to manually override automatic control and turn the hot water cylinder, or appliance, on a period.
Click Off to manually override automatic control and turn the hot water cylinder, or appliance, off a period.
Quick Module access
Double click on the module tile header to show the module page.
This provides quick access configuration details, data download and charts.
You can setup your own meters to calculate running totals. Examples of this would be to show the total solar power produced, the total power exported, the total power used for hot water heating or the total running time of a pump. Meters can be set up for any of the parameters that are measured by a module. Meters continue to aggregate data until they are reset.
A meter can also be used to generate an alarm when a threshold total or running time is reached.
To create a new meter
- Double click on the module tile represented on the dashboard
- Select create cumulative meter
- Name the meter. This will be shown as the title of the meter. In the example this is 'Total Solar Power'
- Select a trend
- Set the start date. This can be in the future or the past.
- Optionally, set an initial starting amount
Setting up the Dashboard
The Dashboard view for a new user is initially empty with a single section.
To set up a new dashboard
- Select edit button to the right of the Section to view and manage the section
After selecting the edit button the Section view will be presented.
- Select 'Add modules to this section' to add new modules
Adding a new section
Prior to setting up the dashboard plan how you would like module tiles to be grouped. If there are multiple networks such as for a home and a flat, it would make sense to create a different section for each network.
- Go to the Dashboard home view
- Select 'Add Section' of the 'Dashboard Section' tile. Scroll to the bottom of the Dashboard page to view the 'Add Section' tile if it's not visible on the screen.
- Enter a name for the section
- Select Create. The new Section is created with the name entered.
Add modules and or meters to the section to complete the view. Return to the Dashboard View by select the Dashboard icon or the Dashboard link in the menu bar to add additional sections
Changing the order of the sections
The order of the sections is determined by the 'sort order' for the section.
The sort order can be seen on the 'Dashboard Section' tile. Sections with lower sort orders are displayed first and higher on the dashboard view page. Sections with the same sort order are displayed alphabetically.
New sections have a default sort order of 100.
To change the sort order
- Select 'Specify the sort order'
- Enter the sort order. (Sections with lower sort orders will appear towards the top of the page)
- Select 'Update'
Deleting a Section
To delete a section from the Dashboard view.
- Go to the Section view by selecting the edit icon on the section titlebar that you would like to delete
- Select 'Delete this section'
Adding Tiles and Meters to a Section
Multiple tiles and meters can be added to a section. The tiles and meters will be arranged in alphabetical order of name. If you want to manage the order of the tiles you can prefix the name by a number.
Tiles are representations of modules. To add a tile to the dashboard, add a module to the section. Select 'Add modules to this section' after creating a new section.
- Select 'Add modules to this section' to add a new module.
- After selecting 'Add' on the 'Modules' tile above a list of modules that the user has access to will be presented. Select one or more check boxes to select the modules to be added to section. The module names would have been selected when your system was installed. Typical module names are 'Local Grid' for non-solar grid load or 'Local Grid Local Solar' or 'Hot Water' for an appliance controller. The names of the modules can be changed.
- Select Add
The screen will return to the section view.
Modifying an existing section
To change the sort order of a section, remove a section, change the section name or change the tiles presented in a section select the 'edit section' button presented to the right side of the section title bar in the 'Dashboard' view.
- select the edit icon to the right of the section name.
See 'Changing the order of sections' and 'Adding Tiles and Meters to this Section' above.
Select the 'Dashboard' link on the menubar to return to the Dashboard home page.