OpenADR 2.0a smart grid standard verified


Rolf Bienert,
Technical Director,
OpenADR Alliance
Morgan Hill, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — April 27, 2012 – The first servers and clients based on the OpenADR 2.0a profile standard have been successfully tested, which will help to further refine the standard and increase its ability to advance automated demand response implementations for the smart grid, the OpenADR Alliance has announced.

The test was carried out using the new OpenADR Test Tool developed by QualityLogic by Akuacom (a unit of Honeywell), EnerNOC, IPKeys Technologies, and Universal Devices.

The OpenADR 2.0 technology is based on the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) and builds on the OpenADR 1.0 specification, which is supported by more than 60 organizations worldwide. Through the OpenADR 2.0 standard, the OpenADR Alliance will provide a selection of certified products for cost effective demand response implementation.

"We hosted several PlugFests over the past six months to help members develop the first generation of interoperable products based on OpenADR 2.0," said Rolf Bienert, technical director of the OpenADR Alliance. "As we get closer to formal certification testing, we’ll continue to see the smart grid come to life with big improvements in energy efficiency on the grid and in energy users’ homes and offices."

The process of finalizing the OpenADR standard involves the qualification of the initial implementations and the validation of the test harness. Both objectives were met using the now validated OpenADR 2.0a test tool. The test event involved three Virtual End Nodes (VENs or client implementations) and two Virtual Top Nodes (VTNs or server implementations). All products passed extensive testing from more than180 test cases.

Upon release of the final test tool, Intertek, the official test service provider, will initiate certification testing using the validated test harness to run tests on candidate devices.