Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Smart grid co-operation and alliances

OASIS (Organisation for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) has formed a new group (Energy Interoperation Technical Committee) to develop Web services-based information and communication models for exchanging pricing, reliability, and emergency signals. The group's work is also expected to extend to information on energy market participation, load predictability and generation. Basically, it's about agreeing the information standards for smart grides.

"Our work at OASIS will enable consumers to take advantage of lower energy costs by deferring or accelerating usage," said William Cox, co-chair of the new committee. "By enabling consistent data communication technology, the same model will be able to be used for homes, small businesses, commercial buildings, industrial facilities, and electric vehicles. The same communications could be used inside and outside microgrids in office parks, college campuses, and green neighborhoods."

Anyone can contribute and current participants include IBM, Microsoft, Cisco, Google, Grid Net, and the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Meanwhile Trilliant, the smart grid solutions company, has announced it's integrating its technology with IBM WebSphere and Tivoli products. The idea is that Trilliant will integrate the IBM products with its UnitySuite smart grid management software solution. Trilliant and IBM will also pursue joint solutions development and integrated offerings to the global utility market, as well as cooperate on industry standards development.

Guido Bartels, General Manager of IBM's Global Energy & Utilities industry, said. "This combined offering sets a high standard for enterprise integration and management of advanced Smart Grid networks." Clearly Trilliant is going for the de facto standards approach in integrating its solutions within enterprise systems.

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