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IEEE 2030.5 Test Tools

Understand, Create, Validate and Certify Interoperable IEEE 2030.5 Products

QualityLogic’s IEEE 2030.5 Test Tools set the standard for protocol conformance and interoperability testing. For CA Rule 21 and emerging DR and EV IEEE 2030.5 applications, you can count on QualityLogic to ensure your products are interoperable and certifiable.

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IEEE 2030.5 Test Tools

QualityLogic’s interoperability experts help you understand, create, validate and certify interoperable smart energy products. QualityLogic has developed the industry’s first IEEE 2030.5 test tools and testing services for smart energy vendors to ensure interoperability and conformance to the specification. The QualityLogic IEEE 2030.5 Test System provides both a protocol conformance test system (Functional Test Suite or FTS) and interoperability test system (Ad Hoc) for IEEE 2030.5 clients and servers.

IEEE 2030.5 Test System is ideal for vendors who are looking to be certified for CA Rule 21/CSIP compliance and those who are looking to test other Smart Energy functions such as Demand Response, Pricing, Energy Flow Reservation, Messaging, and Metering. The current version of the test tools support the CA Rule 21/CSIP smart inverter communications requirements.

IEEE 2030.5 Ad Hoc Testers

IEEE 2030.5 Ad Hoc Testers are actual conformant implementations of IEEE 2030.5 Client and Server. They provide an additional testing pathway to the Functional Test Suites that give full control over the type of events that can be created to target specific client devices such as CA Rule 21/CSIP DER clients and servers.

Ad Hoc Client Tester simulates a utility DERMS to enable the Rule 21 CALSSA Testing Pathway certification, the testing of Rule 21 Phase 3 Functions 2 and 3, and the new IEEE 1547.1 Interop testing using IEEE 2030.5. The Ad Hoc Testers also provide support for Demand Response, Pricing, Metering and other Smart Energy functions for broad 2030.5 test coverage. The tools simulate “golden reference” implementations of IEEE 2030.5 compliant products to conduct interoperability testing. The Ad Hoc testers are valuable for exploring use case scenarios. You can use real devices from other vendors or simulate devices or head-end servers that would be in real-world installations.

IEEE 2030.5 Functional Test Suites

The QualityLogic IEEE 2030.5 Functional Test Suites are a quick, convenient way to test IEEE 2030.5 client or server conformance to the IEEE 2030.5-2018 Standard. Test Suites cover all of the tests defined in the SunSpec CA Rule 21 Test Procedures including Aggregator, Server and End-Client (Inverter) certification tests. These tests include:

  • Communication fundamentals
  • Core function set
  • Basic functions
  • Utility server aggregator model
  • Aggregator operation
  • Error handling
  • Maintenance of model tests

The Client FTS API is now a standard feature of our test tools. The QualityLogic API offers new capabilities in the FTS tools, including the ability to remotely retrieve status and test logs, as well as integrate the QualityLogic test tools into your regression test system.

Ensure Successful CA Rule 21 Certification

QualityLogic’s IEEE 2030.5 Test Tools support multiple applications of IEEE 2030.5. Our most recent version is focused on the CA Rule 21 IEEE 2030.5 requirements defined by the SunSpec CSIP Test Specification. In order to better serve our customers in their CA Rule 21 efforts, we have developed Test Application Guides to assist with the evolving requirements.

The QualityLogic test tools can also be used for the CALSSA Testing Pathway test process, as well as for generating the Phase 3 Functions 2 and 3 IEEE 2030.5 test messages. The Guides provide detailed instructions for the use of our test tools in each use case. For instance, the CALSSA specified test cases are already a standard part of our Client FTS Tester and just need to be selected to simulate the correct messages from a utility DERMS server. And QualityLogic’s Ad Hoc Client Tester already supports all of the IEEE 2030.5 messaging functions required for the Phase 3 Functions 2 and 3 test messaging.

Application Guide – CA Rule 21, CALSSA Testing Pathway

California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) recently issued the E-5000 order which included the California Solar and Storage Association (CALSSA) proposal for a Phase 2 Testing Pathway for smart inverters not subject to the CSIP SunSpec CA Rule 21 certification requirements.

This Application Guide shows the reader how to perform the CALSSA tests using the QualityLogic IEEE 2030.5 Test Tools.

Application Guide – CA Rule 21 Phase 3, Functions 2 & 3

California Rule 21 Phase 3 has eight distinct advanced DER functions for DER devices to be certified against. Out of these required functions, there are two Phase 3 functions that do not currently have a national testing standard to use IEEE 2030.5 to test these functions. Until such national testing standard is established, the current method for meeting these requirements is to use the IEEE P1547.1 D9.6 (Sep 2019) test procedures which include the IEEE 2030.5 interoperability requirements.

The QualityLogic Application Guide shows the reader how to configure the QualityLogic IEEE 2030.5 Ad Hoc Client Tester to simulate a Utility Server sending the required IEEE 2030.5 messages to the inverter DUT for these two functions.

IEEE 2030.5 Technical Support

The IEEE 2030.5 Developer’s Workshop provides a conceptual understanding of IEEE 2030.5, a technical walk-through of IEEE 2030.5, training on QualityLogic’s test tools, and best practices for conformance and interoperability testing of IEEE 2030.5.

QualityLogic Technical Support is invaluable for developers who are working to implement IEEE 2030.5, or implementers who are using the standard in a pilot, demonstration or deployment project. Since Tech Support provides quick answers to technical questions, it saves time and costs in developing or deploying the technology.

Test planning, development, and execution of IEEE 2030.5 implementations are valuable time- and money-saving services that ensure the quality of products. Integration testing leverages QualityLogic’s test tools to identify interoperability issues and provide detailed engineering information to developers.

Custom test tool development can include enhancements to QualityLogic’s test tools, integration with other tools, or development of tools for unique requirements. For example, some vendors or integrators may need tools that simulate hundreds of IEEE 2030.5 clients. QualityLogic starts with its current knowledge and test tool technology to quickly develop such a tool.

Interested in learning more? Contact us using the form below, or visit the QualityLogic Smart Energy store.

IEEE 2030.5 Test Tool Maintenance Contracts

QualityLogic has a standing commitment to ensure that our IEEE 2030.5 Test Tools continue to capture updates to the CSIP IEEE 2030.5 Test Specification and remain up to date for conformance and interoperability testing for the IEEE 2030.5 protocol in general.

Updates to our Test Tools range from bug fixes to the addition of new features and are categorized as follows: Maintenance Updates, Minor Updates, and Major Updates.

Adding a Maintenance Contract to your IEEE 2030.5 Test Tools will allow you to receive all Maintenance Updates and Minor Updates we publish without additional charge, and it will also allow you discounted pricing for any Major Update we publish. We estimate that approximately 2-3 updates will be made to the Test Tools per year over the next few years.

To purchase an IEEE 2030.5 Test Tool Maintenance Contract or talk more about its value, please fill out the form below or visit the QualityLogic online store.

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