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What is the box marked PowerBlaster in my electrical panel?
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
PowerBlaster® is an electrical metering device installed for monitoring home power consumption, and can also track power production for homes with solar panels. It is manufactured by Energy Aware Technology Inc., and recognizable from the name on the box installed in the electrical panel and the C.T. coil sensors surrounding each of the two service lugs in a panel. It is similar to the TED 5000 by Energy Inc.
Here’s a further description from a report on “Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring Assessment” by the U.S. Department of Energy: The product, called the PowerBlaster, combines metering hardware that is installed at the electrical panel (CTs and voltage taps), to measure energy use. Data are collected and transferred using power-line carrier technology to a gateway where they are uploaded to the company’s servers. Once uploaded, the user can reportedly access and disaggregate the data via web-based analytical tools. The Energy-Aware product reportedly does not have a limit on the number of appliances it can disaggregate, and does not require the users to manually teach the algorithm which electrical loads are currently operating to improve the disaggregation.
Also see What's the box that's marked "Power Save" or "Power-Saver" next to the electric panel do? and What are the black metal things marked GMX800 that are clamped around the hot and cold pipes above the water heater?
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