Akuacom’s Demand Response Automation Server provides utilities and independent system operators (ISOs) two-way communication with energy management systems at commercial and industrial sites, enabling the power companies to more efficiently reduce peak demand and to automate the delivery of price and reliability signals.
Paul Orzeske, president of Honeywell Building Solutions, says the acquisition of Akuacom “deepens our involvement in making the electrical grid smarter, more secure and more reliable. We have decades of experience working with utilities to meet their peak-load reduction goals, and a presence in more than 10 million commercial buildings and thousands of industrial plants. Akuacom provides the bridge between both sets of customers.”
Utilities and ISOs use demand response to reduce consumption when electricity is expensive and demand outpaces supply, such as on hot days when air conditioners are running in most facilities. Demand response also helps utilities avoid brownouts and blackouts while enabling large-scale adoption of renewable energy.
Up to now, letting commercial and industrial facilities know when demand and prices may jump was done by a manual or semi-automatic process. Akuacom is the first to fully automate this process.
Akuacom CEO Clay Collier, calls Honeywell the ideal partner “to bring scale to Akuacom’s unique technology. We can give facilities across the globe quick, easy access to demand response programs, and greater control over how they use and pay for energy.”
The Demand Response Automation Server technology is based on the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) protocol, a communication standard chosen by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the smart grid. By using an open, standards-based approach, almost any facility can participate in demand response programs. Currently more than 30 energy management systems can connect to the Demand Response Automation Server with an Internet connection.
Paul Orzeske stresses that Honeywell strongly supports “open standards and will continue to develop offerings that leverage existing communication infrastructure, provide significant value to utilities and empower end users to make smart energy choices with minimal effort. Those elements are essential for quickly expanding the reach and impact of the smart grid.”