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UNIVERSITY OF ZIMBABWE

FACULTY OF ENGINEERING
A FOURTH YEAR PROJECT PROPOSAL IN PARTIAL
FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A BSc.
HONOURS DEGREE IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING.

STUDENT: NYATSINE RUMBIDZAI ABIGAIL - R13294H
ruenyatsine@gmail.com
YEAR - 2016.

Title: DEVELOPMENT, BUILDING A MEASURING
SYSTEM FOR THE ENERGY USED BY ELECTRONIC
GADGETS OF A HOUSE

Supervisor: Professor E. Chikuni

displaying information.  Intensive research on the internet. 1.  To devise a way of collecting the data on a daily basis. A small amount of energy is lost in low voltage power supplies mainly due to the cheap transformers with high core losses although they won’t be performing any operation or are switched off. therefore a sophisticated design is required for controlling and monitoring usage of power by home appliances. . 1.  To design .build .5 METHODOLOGY.test one unit and if it operates correctly it is to be replicated  To record the energy on an SD card.3 OBJECTIVES  To Design a simple but effective energy capture device consumed by appliances in a house. 1.0 INTRODUCTION Most people are not aware of the fact that modern electrical or electronic appliances even those having on or off switches consume energy when they are not performing their main functions or even when they are switched off.  The system helps consumers to choose carefully considering wattage when buying household appliances. 1.  Visits to the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company for further research.1 PROBLEM STATEMENT Wastage of power and energy through use of electronic and electrical devices by consumers.2 AIMS To measure every load of interest in the house and make the information accessible and reliably available to the consumer.4 JUSTIFICATION  Eliminating unnecessary electricity losses from standby consumption certainly provides an attractive option for our government which is currently struggling to find financial resources to cope with the rapid growth in power demand and for others. responding to remote controls or programming and charging of batteries. 1.1. Mostly power is consumed in features such as powering of the built in clock or memory.  Consumers need to know how many units they really consume without wasting energy and which gadgets or device consumes a lot of energy and the period which results in cost cutting and energy saving.

7 SOFTWARE DESIGN  Develop software application for interfacing the modem and PC  Programming the microcontroller using Arduino.  PCB design  Model prototype design  Hardware simulation 1. Miscellaneous 40 Costs .6 HARDWARE DESIGN  Design and building of associated circuitry.9 PROPOSED BUDGET Number Part Cost ($) Description 1 Relay 5 For auto switching 1 Arduino 100 Model microcontroller 1 Voltage sensor 30 For voltage regulation 8 16*2 LCD 40 For indication 12 Connecting wires 100 For connection 3 Current sensor 10 For measuring current 1 Power sockets 10 Use as nodes 1 Potentiometer 10 For adjusting. lecturers and other experts will be implemented. 1.8 SYSTEM VERIFICATION  Software and Hardware system integrated test of the prototype  Evaluation and performance tests 1.  Software Simulation using Proteus  Debugging 1.  Consultations to the supervisor.

Total cost 295 1.1 GANTT CHART .9.

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