‘Plug-In’ to the First-of-its-Kind Demonstration of Smart Grid Interoperability
Quality Logic Plug-In Demo
Grid-Interop Plug-In provides ‘show-and-tell’ of an interoperable Smart Grid
Smart Grid vendors are “walking the walk” and demonstrating real-world applications of Smart Grid interoperability with simulated end-to-end utility systems -- from the back office to the residential consumer’s thermostat. And now you can see it, or join it (see below).
In a first-of-its kind showcase, Grid-Interop’s Plug-In will provide the only central place where multiple vendors can unite to present applications of interoperable devices and systems in action.
With standards efforts now bearing real fruit, a cross-section of industry organizations will demonstrate 15 to 20 examples of emerging, evolving and mature interoperability standards in the following categories:
Full descriptions of the scenarios are below.
A Show-and-Tell of Interoperability in Action: The Scenarios
The below summaries provide a brief description of each Plug-In scenario.
Demand Response (DR) - Three Examples:
To realize the value of demand response (DR) in the market, key DR interface standards and specifications have been defined and leveraged by markets to offer broad value in interoperability to the utility and consumer. This demonstration shows three main scenarios in DR, all leveraging key, well-defined points of interoperability supplied by participating vendors.
Demonstrations shown leverage the following participating vendors and their offerings: Tendril, RuggedCOM, Akuacom, Emerson, Silver Spring Networks, and EPRI.
Participating vendors supply the following well-defined points of interoperability: IPv6, IPv4, OpenADR 1.0, OpenADR 2.0, SEP 1.X, SEP 2.0, ESPI, ICCP, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, and more.
Transmission and Distribution (T&D):
This demonstration will be centered on the interoperability of the underlying technologies that meet the monitoring, protection, and control needs of modern T&D systems. Two well-defined points of interoperability will be demonstrated including: (1) IEC 61850 client/server based communications to support monitoring and control applications and (2) IEC 61850 Generic Object Oriented Substation Event (GOOSE) messaging that supports power system protection applications.
The Testing Corner:
The Plug-In “Testing Corner” will provide demonstrations by leading industry organizations that are enabling meaningful test programs that provide confidence in technology evaluation -- including certification, conformance, and instrumented pair-wise interoperability testing. Demonstrations will include: test cases against an Akuacom OpenADR 2.0 Virtual End Node; the execution of a robust SEP 2.0 conformance test against a SEP 2.0 programmable thermostat; and a demonstration that shows conformance of end-to-end transactions.
The Plug-In Cyber security/Lemnos project will demonstrate enhanced security features for the electric utility control system by using interoperable, open-source solutions to support these functions. The demonstration will show how Interoperable Configuration Profiles (ICPs) for two security protocols (IPsec and Syslog) operate effectively in a controlled environment -- specifically, how a utility might establish a secure site-to-site tunnel using the IPSec protocol and exchanging log messages using Syslog.
Plug In Contacts
“The standards-based, end-to-end application of interoperability among multiple vendors is not only feasible, but it’s supported by vendors in a competitive marketplace,” said Erich Gunther, Chair, GWAC. “The aim of Plug-In is to demonstrate interoperability successes in a working environment and to provide a literal show-and-tell of standards-based interoperable products and systems today.”