About The Project

   "We choose to do these things, not because they are easy,
    but because they are hard!"
        ~ John F Kennedy
    (Elliott's Hill Wind Farm, Northern Ireland)

What is OpenPMU?

The OpenPMU project is a suite of tools to help researchers create new power system technologies.  The project was originally founded at Queen's University Belfast, UK, and subsequently joined by the SmarTS Lab at KTH Stockholm, Sweden.
Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) technology has become a mainstream tool of the power systems engineer.  PMUs allow all manner of interesting phenomena to be analysed, from transmission system faults to power oscillations induced by wind farms. 

Many PMUs on the market are more difficult to use than they should be, and commercial vendors are reluctant to tell you what's inside the box.  For research and analysis, it's important to understand in depth how the instruments that produce your data operate.

The OpenPMU project is concerned with the advancement of Phasor Measurement Unit technology for the purposes of academic research.  It does not compete with commercial vendors. The project was created because PMU technology is difficult and complex to use.  It shouldn't be this way.  Our devices and protocols are simple and intuitive to use, and we take all criticism as constructive feedback. 

We use open source so as to share new developments fairly, and allow the technology to progress.  See some of our Case Studies.


We want you to use and distribute these materials, but operating a project such as this is expensive in terms of time and money.  So please give credit to the project and the authors, especially by citing our papers in your work.  Find out why we use Open Source.
Licensing open source hardware is a difficult task.  For the avoidance of doubt, materials and drawings relating to OpenPMU hardware designs remain the copyright of their authors unless explicitedly stated otherwise.  You are free to use and modify these materials and drawings, but you must acknowledge the source and require users of your work to do likewise (forthe avoidance of doubt, they should also acknowledge the OpenPMU project).
Software elements are licensed according to the license file provided with the code.  Any of the authors' OpenPMU software provided on this site, absent of a license file, should be considered to carry the BSD license.
If you're still unsure, drop us a line.  :)


Interested in our work?  Got something to contribute?  Get in touch with us or message us on our Facebook page and we look forward to working with you!  :)

Note to Students

If your supervisor sent you to this site, there is a fair chance that they've read it.  Don't copy and paste!  :D

The OpenPMU project name has a capital 'O'.  :)
Subpages (1): Why Open Source?