announced today the successful conclusion of multi-phase pilots at PJM
Interconnection for Ancillary Services (Synchronous Reserve and
Regulation) utilizing IPKeys' OpenADR 2.0b certified Energy Interop
Server & System (EISS™). The pilot participants - Walmart, PJM, Lawrence
Berkley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Schneider Electric -
succeeded in showing the technological feasibility of using the OpenADR
2.0b profile in the field for ancillary services and regulation
Walmart provided a signaling test bed at one of its 24x7 Super Centers
in Pennsylvania as part of the pilot's synchronous reserve (SR) phase.
IPKeys translated the PJM SR web service signal into an appropriate
OpenADR 2.0b service message to successfully initiate a series of
lighting and HVAC loads via Walmart's Building Management System
solution "This highly secure technology enables energy consumers such as
Walmart to receive actionable open standard and machine interoperable
market signals through an isolated interface directly from ISO's and
begin the process of automating participation in ancillary services and
other rapid response markets." Robert Nawy, Managing Director & CFO, IP
Keys. "EISS™ reduces risks associated with the wholesale market and
empowers participants to focus on realizin value."
In the regulation phase of the pilot program, funded by the Department
of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability,
Schneider Electric provided a signaling test bed in its variable
frequency drive (VFD) laboratory in Raleigh, NC. IPKeys' work in this
project phase concerned translation of the PJM regulation signal into
the appropriate OpenADR 2.0b web service messages. Schneider Electric
also monitored its ability to track both the various PJM test regulation
signals as well as its ability to convey the regulation signal via both
XMPP and HTTP Internet protocols.
"We have demonstrated that it is possible to perform four second
regulation using secure web services - this capability dramatically
reduces the cost and complexity barriers for loads to participate in
regulation markets when compared to dedicated DNP3 or ICCP links," said
Jim Boch, Sr. Electrical Engineer and EISS product manager from IPKeys.
"The team's end-to-end demonstration has shown that the open signaling
architecture that OpenADR 2.0 provides is fast enough to satisfy the
timing requirements of PJM's ancillary services." Said Jason MacDonald,
Sr. Scientific Engineering Associate at Berkeley Lab. "This
demonstration shows how easily resources can connect to various markets
when they are enabled with OpenADR clients."
"PJM is pleased to have participated in this innovative pilot project
for automated demand response," said Sarah Burlew, Manager of Applied
Solutions. "For PJM, one of the key elements of this project is its
incorporation of secure communications, which is critical to protecting
and maintaining a reliable grid."
What is OpenADR 2.0b?
OpenADR is a standardized method for electricity providers and system
operators to communicate DR signals with each other and with their
customers using a common language over any existing secure IP-based
communications network, such as the Internet. OpenADR 2.0b is designed
for sophisticated devices supporting most demand response (DR) services
and markets, flexible reporting capabilities for past, current and
future data reports.
What is EISSTM?
IPKeys' Energy Interop Server & System (EISSTM)
version 2.0 is an OpenADR 2.0b profile-based server or Virtual Top Node
(VTN). It is a scalable, secure and automated two-way information
and communication system designed to deliver interoperable market
signals to wholesale and retail consumers and their energy management
systems and devices via web services.
IPKeys Technologies, LLC is a strategic partner in the energy, federal,
DoD, and commercial sectors delivering expertise in Smart Grid
communications technology. IPKeys provides the standards based energy
interoperations software, network communications engineering and
enterprise security solutions that enable utilities and their customers
to achieve the promise of a more reliable, safer and more economically
beneficial Smart Grid.
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