ZigBee and SunSpec Alliances to collaborate on renewable energy and microgrid management


San Ramon and Scotts Valley, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — June 8, 2010 – The ZigBee® Alliance and the SunSpec Alliance have announced an agreement to collaborate on defining standards for renewable energy and microgrid management using the ZigBee Smart Energy™ version 2.0 standard.

The collaboration will address the existing gap between the growing use of distributed generation via renewable energy resources and the smart grid, in order to enable microgrid systems to integrate with the smart grid.
“Working with the SunSpec Alliance further broadens the reach and strength of ZigBee Smart Energy by giving renewable energy industries and the utilities a standardized approach to smart grid integration,” said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance.

ZigBee Smart Energy is a wireless HAN standard with more than 40 million smart meters being installed around the world. Common HAN devices include utility meters, thermostats, pool pumps, water heaters, appliances and plug-in electric vehicles.

“The SunSpec Alliance shares the ZigBee Alliance’s vision of helping consumers and businesses realize a new era of energy management and efficiency, and this collaboration adds a focus on the control of renewable energy production,” said Tom Tansy, chairman of the SunSpec Alliance.

The SunSpec Alliance, which was formed to accelerate the growth of the renewable energy industry through standardization of monitoring and management interfaces for energy system components, is one of a number of organizations collaborating on ZigBee Smart Energy.

The SunSpec Alliance recently released for public comment its SunSpec: Modbus Specification, which is intended to provide interoperability among compliant renewable energy technologies.