In conjunction with the release of the OpenADR 2.0a Profile Specification, the OpenADR Alliance has announced the release of the OpenADR 2.0a Certification Test Harness. Developed by Alliance testing partner QualityLogic, the Certification Test Harness is available to OpenADR 2.0a implementers for pre-testing and development, and it will also be used by the Alliance for final certification of devices for compliance with the 2.0a specification. Early adopters have already begun pre-testing their products with the test harness.

OpenADR 2.0 is a low-cost, efficient, reliable communications infrastructure that allows utilities and grid operators to send Automated Demand Response (AutoDR) signals directly to building automation and control systems on customers’ sites using a common language and existing communications technology. The OpenADR 2.0a profile, the first of several specifications to be developed, is designed to support the simplest devices installed in commercial, industrial and residential environments to enable broad-based and completely automated participation in DR events.

QualityLogic also offers OpenADR 2.0 Workshops that focus on providing a conceptual, as well as a detailed technical understanding of what OpenADR 2.0 is and how it works. Participants will become familiar with the OpenADR 2.0 technology; the formal conformance certification program and the pre-certification tests and tools. The workshops are endorsed by the OpenADR Alliance.

“OpenADR 2.0 will bring greater reliability, predictability and lower costs to demand-response solutions for commercial, industrial and residential applications,” said Dave Jollota, QualityLogic president and CEO. “We’re thrilled to help companies get a head start with this important Smart Grid standard through certification tools and training.”