OpenADR Standard to be focal point at DistribuTECH 2024

 

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Live from Chicago - EcoPort at the AHR Expo 2024

The OpenADR Alliance learned a lot representing the EcoPort/CTA-2045 interface and testing program at the AHR Expo in Chicago last week. The AHR Expo brings together manufacturers and suppliers of all sizes and specialties to share ideas and showcase the future of HVACR technology.  We shared a booth with LonMark International, a partner focused on building management interfaces who introduced a new building interoperability architecture that encompasses both EcoPort and OpenADR.

 The most encouraging part of the show was seeing several EcoPortTM–certified products on the show floor.

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Launch of OpenADR 3.0 as energy industry leaders gather at Enlit Europe 2023

This week is particularly exciting one for us at the OpenADR Alliance. As we gather at Enlit Europe (November 28-30th) with industry leaders and several of our members, all part of the growing community of companies looking to solve the most important energy transition issues, we are delighted to announce the new version of the OpenADR communications standard.

OpenADR 3.0 is an important milestone for us as the industry body responsible for driving the development, adoption, and compliance of OpenADR. It’s also a significant step in the development of communications standard for utilities, operators, and aggregators, as they look to manage the growing range of distributed energy resources.

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Putting renewables and energy storage at the heart of Enlit Europe 2023

Putting renewables and energy storage at the heart of Enlit Europe 2023

Recent estimates by the European Environment Agency (EEA) indicate that we are consuming more of our energy from renewable sources like solar power. Last year in Europe, nearly a quarter (22.5%) was generated by renewables. While this is on the rise, the EEA warns that to meet the new target of 42.5% for 2030 it will “require a deep transformation of the European energy system”.

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EVs and e-mobility set to take centre stage at Enlit Europe 2023

EVs and e-mobility set to take centre stage at Enlit Europe 2023

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Recap of RE+

Recap of RE+: Could Virtual Power Plants be the Next Big Thing in the Renewable Energy Sector?

This year’s RE+ was a success and to contradict the cliché ‘what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas’, here is a summary of the highlights. 

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New Hampshire Electric transactive energy rate program

The New Hampshire Electric Co-op pilots transactive energy rate program using OpenADR

Transactive energy is an intelligent, multi-layer communications process that organizes energy generation, consumption, and delivery.  During a transactive energy occurrence, power suppliers, energy markets and distributed energy resources (DERs), including electric vehicles and batteries, exchange to negotiate energy requirements and pricing.

Today security concerns, the economy, and daily life choices require a flexible and durable electricity system. Transactive energy is designed to improve energy efficiency, which results in a more resilient and reliable power grid.

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Is V2X the missing piece

V2X: Could electric vehicles be the missing piece of the energy flexibility jigsaw?

With its V2X Innovation Programme, the UK Government is backing the idea of V2X – or vehicle to everything – to help address barriers to enabling energy flexibility from bi-directional electric vehicle (EV) charging.

As part of this, the Government announced £16m in funding this year for V2X and Demand Side Response (DSR) projects. The funding is for technologies that harness the potential of smart charging and activated through the Innovation Programme and the Government’s Interoperable Demand Side Response Programme, designed to support the innovation and design of IDSR systems.

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The Value in Virtual Power Plants

In the electricity power industry, ranging from petroleum, gas, coal and nuclear power, balancing supply and demand is crucial to maintaining a reliable electric grid.   As the world increasingly focuses on renewable energy, Distributed Energy Resources, and electrification, Virtual Power Plants (VPPs) are garnering more attention, especially in the US. These VPPs present an innovative solution,     enabling  local grid operators to use energy flexibility to ensure a more stable electricity supply, improved energy efficiency, and enhanced grid capacity.

Swell Energy and SunPower, members of OpenADR, are important players in the transformative shift, having established VPPs that offer new value to utilities and their customers. A   VPP is defined as a cloud-based network with a decentralized multi-asset ecosystem consisting of Distributed Energy Resource (DERs)—such as batteries, EVs, smart plugs and thermostats. Controlled by grid operators or third party aggregators,  these resources can   be monitored, forecasted and optimized with bi-directional communications between components for a more efficient and resilient power grid.  VPPs are proving to be a key resource capable of providing resource adequacy and other grid services at a negative net cost to the utility.

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OpenADR – London Calling!

The OpenADR Alliance held our first European OpenADR++ Users Conference from 6-7 June in London. It was two days packed full of keynotes, use cases, workshops, networking and more. (All presentation links may be found in the agenda here.) The more than 100 attendees came from all over the U.K. and Europe, with guests coming from as far as China and New Zealand.  This conference is the latest in series of activities signaling the expansion of interest in OpenADR in the European market and new Alliance membership among European companies.

The conference was significant not only as the first such major conference in Europe, but also that it was hosted by the U.K. Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ). DESNZ led the development of PAS 1878, incorporating OpenADR as one of the requirements and criteria that an electrical appliance needs to meet in order to perform and be classified as an energy smart appliance (ESA). This DESNZ action not only lowers costs and promotes innovation in the U.K., but also demonstrates U.K. leadership in promoting published standards for international adoption.

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OpenADR hosts first European User Conference

OpenADR Alliance hosts first European User Conference

Sponsored by Resillion  

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Petrol and diesel car ban to help drive EV charging infrastructure?

Can initiatives to replace petrol and diesel cars help drive EV charging infrastructure?

Don Dulchinos, Director, Market Facilitation and Rolf Bienert, Managing & Technical Director, OpenADR Alliance

The Biden Administration has recently proposed ambitious plans to meet the country’s climate goals, with proposals to ensure that two-thirds of new passenger cars and a quarter of new heavy trucks sold in the U.S. are all-electric by 2032. This presents a big challenge for automotive manufacturers.  Just 5.8% of new cars and less than 2% of new trucks sold last year were all-electric.

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EV growth driving OpenADR Alliance membership in Europe

EV growth driving OpenADR Alliance membership in Europe

Last year sales of electric vehicles (EVs) hit a major milestone, with around 10% of the market for the first time. This is being driven mainly by strong growth in the EU – second only to China – where sales of electric cars broke a new record, according to figures released by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA).

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OpenADR Visits the CES 2023

OpenADR Visits the Consumer Electronics Show 2023

The OpenADR Alliance spent a little time at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. This show was back to full strength with close to 120,000 attendees, and in particular the automotive industry was present in full force. OEMs focused as in recent years on in-vehicle entertainment, autonomous driving and electrification of mobility, but this year’s focus definitely moved more in the direction of electrification.

Mercedez-Benz maybe made the biggest announcement, the launch of their own nationwide network of EV chargers, exclusively for the use of Mercedes-Benz drivers. BMW, Stellantis, Toyota and other major manufacturers highlighted their electrification efforts, and many EV focused start-ups were present including Faraday, Lightning, Hispano Luiza, and Lightyear, with its roof and trunk covered with integrated solar panels. It was also interesting to see electrification arriving in categories like tractor trailers, boats, construction excavators and farm equipment.

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Update to the OpenADR Specification

Update to the OpenADR Specification


2022 has been an exciting time in the electricity industry with the planned introduction of new dynamic pricing in California, Hawaii and elsewhere, and the OpenADR Alliance has been actively considering how best to continue to support utilities, retailers, and customers, along with its core focus on members. 


A team of experts representing a cross section of the OpenADR community began discussing ideas for improvements to the specification in 2021. The ‘Profile Working Group’ began by collecting high-level concepts and comments and discussing them in a series of teleconferences. 


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OpenADR at RE+

OpenADR at RE+
New Applications in Solar, Storage and EV Infrastructure

OpenADR exhibited at RE+ in Anaheim in September.  Having participated in predecessor show Solar Power International, it is clear that the rapid evolution of solar/storage or hybrid solar developments have created new demand for OpenADR.  RE+ is:

The largest and most comprehensive event in North America for the clean energy industry, RE+ is comprised of: Solar Power International (our flagship event), Energy Storage International, RE+ Power (including wind, and hydrogen and fuel cells), and RE+ Infrastructure (electric vehicles and microgrids) and brings together an extensive alliance of renewable energy leaders for multiple days of programming and networking opportunities.


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Flexibility in a Box

OpenADR: A Game Changer in a Foreseeable Crisis

Wrap up and keep warm the motto for the upcoming winter months ahead in Europe. Natural gas is vital to most countries and today more than ever for Europe's economy.  Europe is at the brink of an energy crisis, due to Russia limiting natural gas supplies as tensions continue to escalate over Ukraine.  According to industry reports natural gas and electricity prices are estimated to be a 1,000% higher than the levels seen in the last decade.

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DistribuTECH 2022 and other Thoughts

OpenADR Alliance Making its Mark

By Rolf Bienert, Don Dulchinos, and Shannon Mayette, OpenADR Alliance

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OpenADR at Intersolar

OpenADR Back to Face-to-Face Events at

Intersolar North America and Energy Storage North America

By Don Dulchinos, Market Facilitation, OpenADR Alliance

The OpenADR Alliance was a sponsor partner for the 2022 Intersolar and Energy Storage North America Show, which this year had a heavy focus on battery technology and its integration with the grid.  The show was our first in-person event in the US in two years. Despite the pandemic there were around 275 exhibitors and 4,500 attendees.

 



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Combining OpenADR and EEBUS

Combining OpenADR and EEBUS Equals Full Energy Control
By Rolf Bienert, Managing and Technical Director, OpenADR Alliance

The energy supply is becoming more and more decentralized and volatile, while at the same time mobility and the heating transition are putting a significant load on the grid. This requires a seamless exchange of information between the grid and energy consumers or generators in residential and commercial buildings. EEBUS provides the standard for energy networking behind the grid connection and thus enables load and tariff management at the point of transfer to the building.

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