Presentations are given at the meetings on a
variety of topics from speakers within the group as well as from
outside sources. An open forum portion of the meeting allows members to
find solutions to problems. Visitors are always welcome to attend the
general meetings and meet our members.
the OPCUG March meeting we announced that we may be returning to the
Canada Science & Technology Museum in April. This will NOT be the
case. We expect to continue at the Canada Aviation & Space Museum
for our April, May and June meetings.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018Speakers: Art Hunter and Stewart Dibbs
Topic: Ottawa Microgrid
home microgrid generates and stores electrical energy, sells energy to
the grid while storing and using geothermal energy. This presentation
will briefly describe the project with emphasis on displays and energy
flow control. Art Hunter will describe the project and what needs to be
controlled and Stewart Dibbs will describe the control system, display,
and the monitoring with links into Raspberry Pi3 platforms.
A live demonstration of the sensor and display technology and the controller is planned.
Hunter PhD and PC owner since 1984 has spoken to the OPCUG in the past
on his energy freedom project. Now his project has 3 Tesla Powerwall 2
batteries, an Electric Vehicle, microFIT solar, Net Metering Solar and
a control room. Geothermal installation is scheduled for April 2018.
Dibbs is a Computer Science graduate of Macquarie University
(Australia) and principal at PiXCL Automation Technologies in Gatineau.
His experience includes product development with interpreted languages
and compilers, imaging photometers, video, device drivers, USB
sensor/control/LCD and LoRaWAN devices for Internet of Things
April Raffle Prize
This month’s raffle prize is the Case Logic LoDo Satchel.
thickly padded laptop compartment fits laptop with up to 15" screen
size. Also includes a protective space for a 10” tablet. The unique
wide-mouth opening provides easy access and visibility to gear. It has
a cotton canvas exterior with leather-wrapped handles and zipper pulls
and an adjustable shoulder strap. Two easy-access external accessory
pockets have magnetic snap-closure. The removable shoulder strap
adjusts for a custom fit. Two interior pockets keep your gear neat and
there are two exterior water bottle pockets.
Tickets are $1 for one, $2 for three, or $5 for ten.
Questions and Answers (Q&A)
is a Q&A Session at 9 pm after the regular meeting. Information
is published on The Pub for members. There is also a public Q&A
on our website.
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Call for Presentations
OPCUG is always interested in procuring guest speakers for our monthly
meeting. If you’re able to give a talk on a particular subject or if
you know someone who is, please contact our Meeting Coordinators. Our
club has a proud history of delivering informative and provocative
speakers for over 35 years! Check out our list of past
and presentations with links to their websites.
Please consult the OPCUG’s speakers' information page if you require additional
information about our venue.
Dubois and Bob Herres
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General meetings are usually on the 2nd
Wednesday of each month (no meetings in July and August).
Auditorium opens at 7:00 p.m.
Main presentation - 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Q&A Session - 9:00 to 10:00 p.m.
are at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum (CASM), 11 Aviation Parkway,
in the main Mauril
Bélanger Theatre [Museum
floor plan (PDF)].
Canada Aviation and Space
(C) Photo by Gordon King
Reproduced with permission of
Paid parking is available for flat fee of
$4.00 after 5pm, paid in advance. Park in the main lot and enter through the front
entrance of the museum.
Payment methods include coins, VISA, and MasterCard, and the proof of
payment must be left in the car and be visible in the front windshield.
is no OC Transpo bus service to the Canada Aviation and
Space Museum in the evening.
Our thanks go out to the staff at both the Canada Science and
Technology Museum and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum for their
assistance in finding us this location for our meetings.