The Z-Wave Alliance and the OpenADR Alliance are collaborating on compliance and interoperability programs to support the successful market deployment of the OpenADR 2.0 standard. OpenADR Alliance executive director Barry Haaser says the successful adoption of the OpenADR standard in the consumer market “requires a pervasive adoption of high speed Internet and residential energy management. The Z-Wave Alliance has a large installed base home automation and service provider marketplace, making this a platform for aligning marketing and technical strategies to enable rapid market deployment.”
Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) and Green Mountain Power (GMP) has selected CamAmp to supply its Fusion-LTE router for their mid-tier networks to enable broadband communication for Smart Grid advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and Distribution Automation applications.
The Smart City San Diego initiative, which was designed to promote smarter technology development, solar energy storage integration, and increased electric vehicle infrastructure and deployment, reports it has begun to achieve results. Partners in the effort include the city of San Diego, GE, UC San Diego, CleanTECH San Diego, and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). It was established to leverage each member’s strengths to create and implement initiatives to improve the region’s energy independence, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Ambient has announced that its Smart Grid communications nodes now include Qualcomm’s MDM6600 chipset. This mobile broadband solution adds communications flexibility to the platform and is certified by Verizon Wireless for use in its wireless network. Ambient currently connects over 500,000 smart grid application end points to utility network operation centers.
National Solar Power has signed a deal with Liberty County, Florida, to develop a solar farm. The project, representing a $350 million investment, is the company’s third in Florida. The Liberty County project is being built adjacent to the company’s Gadsden County, Florida, solar farm project.
Texas Instruments (TI) has introduced new technology and tools that expands the company’s portfolio in utility metering, home and building automation, and Smart Grid infrastructure. TI recently introduced 24 new energy meter integrated circuits (ICs) that deliver accuracy, flexibility, and system cost savings for 1-phase, 2-phase and 3-phase electricity meter solutions. The 24 new F673x/F672x devices, which achieve more precise measurements by increasing its sampling rate, are TI’s first 6xx series microcontrollers with integrated 24-bit sigma-deltas and a 320-segment LCD controller. The F673x/F672x devices are designed for ultra-low-power modes, ensuring the LCD display is consuming as little power as possible during operation.