Caching of manual inputs for Home Assistant

I found it to be annoying Home Assistant is recovering the manual input selects I am using for my automations. To enable a persistant state I have made a generic scrits that cashes the state of these input to disk and restores them automatically when Home Assistant restarts.

The script is written in Python and is written to work with AppDaemon.

The code shows how to use the Home Assistant integration API that comes with AppDaemon.

New release Omnik datalogger

Check https://GitHub.com/jbouwh/omnikdatalogger for the newrelease (0.91-beta) of Omnik datalogger.

The last days omnikport was down. In the mean while I found a second method getting access your the data. During the outage the portal at https://www.solarmanpv.com/portal was available the whole time. Here you can find your data aswell. This proves omnikportal is just a skin and the data is at solarman PV. I found an API and working code that gives access to the realtime information. This API seems to give more accurate and in time access to the most recent data that was logged. Unfortunally the API is not TLS encrypted and uses a MD5 hashed password login. Not very safe. Neverless the alternative API is a good alternative for the time being. In the main menu there is now a special page for the omnik datalogger sofware.

Pluggable client

The new release comes with a pluggable client for logging. This makes it easy to change the logging code by just changing the configuration.

New client in development for local logging

For older Omnik inverters it is not possible to get the data straight from the inverter. Newer inverters listen at port 8899 and are able to respond directly. The datalogger in the inverter sends an update about every 5 minutes to a fixed IP of a logging server in the Solarman datacenter. The IP address the inverter is logging to is fixed and cannot be changed via the interface, but it is possible to intercept the message by simulating the server using a NAT rule and a static route for the IP address in your netwerk. The code te parse the data that is logged is already available to use, thanks to Woutrrr. The software will be able to listen on a TCP port to the rerouted datalogger sessions. The code ewill be based on this project of t3kpunk. A tutorial how to use this will apear on this site as soon as the code is ready for release. Local logging will give more detail information then currently available using the API’s. Extra sensors will be:

  • AV Voltage* and Current and Frequency (3 fase if yor model supports it)
  • DC Voltages and Currents for all strings (max 2)
  • The Temperature* of the inverter

*These values are submitted to PVoutput as well. And every new sensor will become available via the MQTT plugin.

DSMR integration

For ouput to pvoutput.org I have planned to make an integration for the Dutch Smart Meter (DSMR). An adapter from the P1 connector to a USB serial interface is general available. Integrating makes is possible to calculate the real energy consumption. Of course all these new sensor information will be available to the MQTT output plugin as well.

Outage omnik portal

The last few days, the omnik portal and app and API have been unavailabe. So the data loggging is not possible at the moment. I have found out Omnik dataloggers log to the database of SolarmanPV. It seems you can still see your live output and history.

The URL is https://www.solarmanpv.com/portal/LoginPage.aspx and you can use your omnik portal credentials. I am working to get the API working so the software can be updated. Unfortunally there is only a working unsecure API interface. There is a secure alternative, but an API-key is needed for that. I am working on this.

Have some patience, I will come with a working update coming days.

Regards,

Jan

Thirst (pre) release for the omnik data logger

The first pre-release of the new Omnik data logger is now available. I would like to know if this works for you! If you have any comments or issues, let me know!

Release details

Version: 0.9-alpha (pre-release)

This pre-release brings a solution to integrate the actual state of your Omnik power inverter in to your favorite home automation system. The script reads out omnikportal.com using your credentials and enables you process the real time data of your solar plant.
The realetime output can be forwared to pvoutput.com or send over MQTT to your favorite Home Automation porject. The MQTT implementation supports the Home Assistant Automatic MQTT discovery.

You can run the script from the command line, use systemd or make use of AppDaemon so you can integrate directly with Home Assistent.

Have fun! Let me know your experience if you have any issues.

You can download the release here.

omnik-data-logger

https://github.com/jbouwh/omnikdatalogger

Some time ago I found this https://github.com/paprins/omnik-data-logger/ at github. A python based project to read out the statistics from https://www.omnikportal.com/. I own an inverter of Omnik (Omniksol-3.0-TL) and was installed october 2012. Pascal Prins, the author implemented a plugin based logger with a working example for pvoutput.org.

Issue fixed

Pascals code had some issues, and I decided to report them. In de mean wile I went on with a clone copy of the project, fixed some issues and optimized the code.

AppDaemon and Home Assistant integration with MQTT

I wrote an additional plugin (mqtt) to enable an easy integration with Home Assistant or any other MQTT based home automation solution.

The AppDaemon integration further enables updating the config without the need to restart.

New version at github

After integration with AppDaemon I ended up with an alternative that can be configured with AppDaemon through apps.yaml. The logging was adapted so it supports the AppDaemon logging system. When using the command line native logging is used.

I submitted the new code to github and did a pull request.

See: https://github.com/jbouwh/omnikdatalogger

Using MQTT Auto discovery logging now can be easily integrated with Home Assistant.