Are You Ready for 1547.1? It’s Coming!

November 17, 2021

Mandating the inclusion of a local, standard communications interface promises a quantum leap in making DERs easy to manage for grid operators. Because of the upcoming UL 1741 SB Revision (clarifying testing in IEEE 1547.1-2020), the actual requirement for certification is still in regulatory negotiation. The webinar provided the latest updates on timelines for UL 1741 SB approval and our guesstimates on actual regulatory requirements.


Is IEEE 2030.5 THE DER Protocol? A Free GridEdge Intelligence Mini-Forum

May 25, 2021.

On May 25th, 2021, GridEdge Intelligence, QualityLogic, GridIntellect, and SwitchDin teamed up to create an insightful mini forum where Stuart McCafferty (GridIntellect),  David Forfia (Utilicast, Gridwise Architecture Council), and Eamonn McCormick (Utilicast) discussed their “EnergyIoT Conceptual Model” and a methodology that maps the IEEE 2030.5 technology stack to develop DER interoperability solution architectures to support grid services and markets. The conversation was based on the recent article: Creating DER Integration Solution Architectures Using IEEE 2030.5 and the EnergyIoT Common Reference Model.

Dr. Andrew Mears, CEO of SwitchDin, also shared information on real-life Australian projects using the model to support multiple use cases. Australia is one of the first countries in the world approaching critical levels of DER and there are some great lessons emerging.


Introducing GridEdge Intelligence

February 21, 2021.
The starting point for any protocol investigation is to understand the big picture. Who creates and manages the protocol? When and why was it created? Where can you get a copy? Is there an industry alliance implementing and certifying it? What is the protocol’s purpose, design, application focus? Who is adopting it?

The need for this information is more important than ever. That’s why we are creating a single source of information to answer those questions for the DER protocol landscape: GridEdge Intelligence


Selecting the Right Protocol

A critical issue for utilities planning to integrate DER resources into grid operations is how to manage these resources. A major challenge is designing and implementing an interoperable eco-system of utility management systems (DERMS), aggregators and gateways and end-devices themselves. It would be ideal to create a “plug-and-play” eco-system to speed deployment, lower costs, and improve performance of DERs. QualityLogic has been working with the standard grid-edge communications protocols (OpenADR, IEEE 2030.5, IEC 61850, DNP3, etc) for the past 10 years. These standards are a key component in creating the desired eco-system of vendors and products.

As the leading developer of the test tools and training for implementing grid-edge protocols, we have a unique perspective on this challenge and we share that information during this webinar.


Introduction to IEEE 2030.5

On August 26, 2020, QualityLogic’s Senior Vice President of Engineering hosted a 1-hour webinar: Introduction to IEEE 2030.5. Steve has been involved with IEEE 2030.5 since 2010 and has taught thousands of people around the globe on IEEE 2030.5. He has played a key role in assisting many companies in understanding CSIP requirements, CALSSA Testing Pathway, and Phase 3, Functions 2 and 3, and helping companies on their road to getting certified.

This recorded webinar also includes a demonstration of IEEE 2030.5 using the QualityLogic test tools.


An Introduction to IEEE 2030.5 for Australia

As electricity systems become more decentralised, the IEEE 2030.5 protocol is receiving global attention. Hosted by the Clean Energy Council, this 1-hour event will introduce you to the basic concepts of IEEE 2030.5.

This is a recording of the September 15, 2020 broadcast and features QualityLogic’s Senior VP of engineering, Steve Kang, and James Mater, QualityLogic’s co-founder and GM of the company’s smart energy division. Steve is a leading technical expert on IEEE 2030.5 and CA Rule 21 based Common Smart Inverter Profile (CSIP) implementation guide. He has been involved with IEEE 2030.5 since 2010 and has taught hundreds of people around the globe on IEEE 2030.5. James is one of the industry-leading experts on smart grid standards, interoperability, and the maturity of eco-systems of products based on these standards. He is a co-founder of QualityLogic and leads the company’s smart grid business. James has given dozens of presentations and authored multiple papers on interoperability in the smart grid.


Introduction to OpenADR

QualityLogic continued to share its smart energy communication protocol expertise during a recent 1-hour OpenADR webinar. The following recording of the webinar provides a 40-minute introduction to OpenADR by QualityLogic’s CTO, Jim Zuber, and is followed by a 20-minute Q&A session that discussed OpenADR and how it can most effectively be utilized for DR and DER use cases.

Preventing DER Chaos

Trying to understand which protocol – OpenADR, DNP3, IEEE 2030.5, IEC 61850 – is right for your application?

Developing and supporting test tools for DER protocols provides us an unparalleled knowledge of both the technologies and eco-systems working with the technologies.

So we thought we’d put that knowledge into a protocol selection guide.

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