Post Process module
While emoncms is designed around ‘input processing’ the processing of data (e.g calibration, summing inputs, calculating kWh data) before it is recorded to a feed. Sometimes it is useful to be able to manipulate feed data after it has been recorded, removing the reliance on setting everything up right in the first time.
This guide gives an overview of how to use the Emoncms post processing module to do this. Including examples of commonly used post processors. The post process module is installed by default and available under the Setup menu on the emonSD software stack running on the emonPi and emonBase.
Example 1: Creating a cumulative kWh feed from a power feed
Cumulative kWh feeds are useful for calculating kWh consumption per half hour/hourday/month & year. They are used by many of the emoncms apps. See the guide here on Creating Daily kWh.
Typically a cumulative kWh feed is created from a power input using input processing. The power_to_kwh input processor is used. But lets say we forgot to create this feed at original setup - or that as is still sometimes an issue the cumulative kWh value resets as a result of a power failure to the Pi. We can use the post process module to create or re-build the feed.
Navigate to the post process module under the emoncms setup menu.
Select the powertokwh process in the process selection dropdown.
Select the source power feed, in the example below I have selected P1 (the power value of CT1 on an EmonTx).
Enter a suitable name for the new cumulative kWh feed. The name needs to be unique.
A ‘Create’ button will appear below the feed output name input box. Click to start the post processing operation.
The page should now look similar to this screenshot:
After a breif time the new process will be listed under ‘My processes’. Above this there is a Logger window to show progress in processing the feed. Click on ‘Auto Refresh’ to see progress.
Depending on the size of the source feed the processing time could be short (couple of seconds) to quite long (several minutes).
After completion the new feed will not automatically update as new data is added to the original power feed. To automatically update the feed: use input processing on the original power input to update the feed - in this case we would add a power_to_kwh input process and select the feed that we have created with the post processing module.
Example 2: The ‘importcalc’ post processor
The Emoncms MySolar app requires 3 power feeds: solar, use & import and 3 cumulative kWh feeds: solar_kwh, use_kwh & import_kwh. It’s easy to miss setting up the input processing to calculate the import feeds when doing initial setup. We can use this post process to calculate the import power feed at a later point.
To configure: select the relevant solar power feed and house consumption feed, create a feed called ‘import’ as the output feed and click Create.
As a second step we can create a cumulative kWh feed from this newly created import feed using example 1 above. The newly created import and import_kwh feed can now be used by the MySolar app to show proportion of self consumption and quantity of imported electricity from the grid.
Example 3: The formula post processor
The basic_formula processor is a versatile post processor that can be used to add, subtract, multiply and divide feeds with each other as well as applying multiplication factors and offsets.
An example formula might look like this:
Here the feed id is the number appended to the ‘f’ identifier. f1 = feed id 1.
Full post processor list
powertokwh: calculate a cumulative kwh feed from a power feed
accumulator: calculate a cumulative sum of the source feed
importcalc: calculate grid import from house consumption and solar generation (ignores any export values)
exportcalc: calculate grid export from house consumption and solar generation (ignores any import values)
addfeeds: add multiple feeds together (see basic_formula to add more than 2 feeds)
scalefeed: scale a feed by the value given
offsetfeed: add an offset to a feed
mergefeeds: calculates the average of both feeds where data is available
trimfeedstart: delete data from the start of a feed
removeresets: remove resets in a accumulating feed
removenan: join across missing data points with a straight line
liquidairflow_tokwh: calculate kWh from flow, return temperature, flow rate feed and specific heat
constantflow_tokwh: calculate kWh from flow, return temperature, flow rate constant and specific heat
basic_formula: Vesatile formula post processor for custom calculations