Idaho National Laboratory and Fujitsu Laboratories of America to collaborate on smart grid technology development


Sunnyvale, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — February 13, 2012 – Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and Fujitsu Laboratories of America have entered into a joint collaboration around smart grid energy management.

As part of the project, Fujitsu’s security and ad hoc communications technology will be deployed at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) in Idaho Falls to monitor building power consumption and generate vital data on energy utilization. The collaboration will use this data as a baseline and extrapolate it to measure efficiency and security of wider smart grid deployments.
Since the smart grid tightly couples both the physical power distribution infrastructure and the IT systems that manage it, ensuring security is essential as a compromise in one could impact the other. Under the collaboration, Fujitsu will contribute advanced security and cloud services technology from Fujitsu Laboratories of America and WisReed, an autonomous distributed network technology that enables the automatic construction of a network.
“The CAES facility is a certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building and we are trying to ensure we operate at maximum energy efficiency,” said J. W. Rogers, director of CAES. “Fujitsu’s technology will provide us with real time usage data to measure our efficiency and also supply our researchers with valuable information required for advanced energy system modeling.”

The CAES is a research and education partnership between Idaho National Laboratory and Boise State University, Idaho State University and the University of Idaho.