SunSpec Alliance Newsletter March 2011
This month's Newsletter features:
- Members Meeting 2/9/11 Highlights Presentations from 12 of our Members
John Nunneley, Executive Director - Gives an Update on SGIP
SolarTech Solar Leadership Summit
- News and Updates From Members:
TUV Rheinland, Moxa, Zigbee Alliance, ARC Advisory
- Profiles of Two of Our Newest Members: Siemens and TMEIC, Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electrical Industrial Supply-Corporation.
State of the Market - highlights
Tom Tansy, Chairman, SunSpec Alliance
·Three continents drive market
Europe dominates but growth slowing
China poised to explode
North America ﬁnding its way but lagging
· Utilities bracing for growth
Concentration of PV Installations felt
Information technology acknowledged as essential
Leaders looking for answers
· Customers want solutions providing short path to revenue
Easy to adopt/implement
Reinforce investment decision
State of the Specs - highlights
John Nunneley, Executive Director, SunSpec Alliance
· Complete devise definitions
Module Tracker Controller
· Machine readable device profile
· Standard Logger Reference
Member reference implementations
· SunSpec POST standard
Logger to Datacenter
Download Meeting Presentation
Member Presentations: Thank you to all the participating members. To view each participating member update ~ contact firstname.lastname@example.org for log in credentials.
Advanced Energy, ARC Advisory, CG Power Solutions U.S.A. Inc. Digi International, Moxa, Noveda, Power Dash,Power-One, PPT Solar, Silver Spring Networks, SolarBridge Technologies SolarEdge, TUV Rheinland
Testing and Certification - Rolf Bienert - TUV- Rhineland
Announcing SunSpec Customer Advisory Council -
Stephen LaPointe, Vice Chairman, SunSpec Alliance
· Market will be robust but not at 2010 levels
· Europe dominates but growth is elsewhere
APAC and Americas
· Cost pressure is increasing
BOS & non module costs are obvious targets
· Information on standards are key
Major efficiency contributor
Cost reduction agent
Look for next members meeting in August 2011
NEWS FROM THE FIELD
|SGIP Update - John Nunneley, Executive Director|
As a member of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Governing Board representing the renewable energy industry, SunSpec Executive Director John Nunneley has broad purview over national efforts to create standards that will support a new generation of energy management and efficiency applications.
The SGIP was created by the federal National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in November 2009 to help fulfill its obligations under the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. While the governing board oversees the activities of the panel, the real work occurs in the expert working groups and priority action plan (PAP) committees. All standards must pass a stringent architectural and security review before being presented to the board for approval. Approved standards are then added to the SGIP Catalog of Standards and are recommended for use in smart grid applications and deployments. "The process the SGIP has created is every bit as important as the end result," commented Nunneley. "We need openness, transparency, and broad participation across the spectrum of stakeholders to be successful."
A great deal has been accomplished in the first 16 months of operations. Several standards have been completed or are near completion and there have been many process kinks worked out so the work stream can flow smoothly. The most important of these to date is the Energy Usage Information Model standard produced by NAESB after extensive review. "You can't manage your energy and improve your efficiency without understanding your usage. The EUI model is a "seed standard" in that it will be incorporated into a wide variety of applications," said Nunneley.
Lack of standards has been holding the industry back on a variety of fronts. "The most important thing right now is to complete the Smart Energy Profile (SEP) 2.0 work going on at the Zigbee Alliance," noted Nunneley. SEP 1.0 was unacceptable to the standards community for many reasons. But without 2.0, many pilots have rolled out, or are planning to rollout 1.0 based solutions. This has created a growing migration problem as existing deployments will need to be upgraded, replaced, gateway-ed, or, in some cases, may become stranded.
SunSpec and Zigbee have a liaison relationship and, in partnership with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and smart grid technology startup Gridata, produced an inverter control and monitoring specification based on the SunSpec standard that will be incorporated into the SEP 2.0 standard. "SEP 1.0 was lacking any support for distributed energy generation resources (DER/DG). With SEP 2.0, the renewable industry will have a standard that supports both monitoring and control of DER/DG, based on international standards, that can run over existing wireless and wired networks," added Nunneley.
There is still a huge amount of work to do. "The Smart Grid rollout is going to follow a pattern similar to the Internet. It will continue to evolve for many years and take us in directions that we have not yet imagined," asserted Nunneley. Major challenges face the SGIP, not the least of which is its current dependency on NIST for funding. Like the industry in general, the SGIP cannot count on ongoing subsidies that may disappear on the turn of politics and budget realities. "We have to be able to stand on our own two feet if we are going to survive. The adoption of standards by the industry will be a critical element to driving the costs of renewable energy down to the point where it can compete toe-to-toe with traditional energy sources," concluded Nunneley.
The SunSpec Alliance invites and calls on all members to join and participate in the SGIP process. To learn more about the SGIP,
SolarTech Solar Leadership Summit - March 29th & 30th
Tom Tansy, Chairman, SunSpec Alliance - Featured Speaker
SunSpec Members enjoy registration discount through March 15th.contact: email@example.com for details
Registration and Information SolarTech Solar Leadership Summit
Tempe, AZ and Boston, MA/ February 9, 2011 - TÜV Rheinland PTL, LLC, North America's largest solar and photovoltaic testing company, has received Keymark accreditation by DIN CERTCO to perform solar thermal collector testing and performance verification. This accreditation allows manufacturers of solar collecting products to have their products third-party certified that they conform to European standards. In addition TÜV Rheinland PTL performs similar services for access to North American markets under the SRCC testing and certification program.
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U.S. APPLIANCE MAKER ASSOCIATION CALLS ZIGBEE A PROVEN SMART GRID STANDOUT The Association of Home Appliance Makers, whose members ship $30 billion in household appliances annually in the United States, named ZigBee one of three most suitable communication protocols for the development and implementation of the U.S. Smart Grid.
GE STUDY: ZIGBEE MOST COST-EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT HAN TECHNOLOGY
ZigBee was found to be the most cost-effective and energy-efficient HAN communications technology available, according to a December 2010 GE Appliance and Lighting.
ARC ADVISORY BOARD
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Siemens is focusing on the two established technologies for the utilization of solar energy:
§ Both as a balance of plant provider of components and solutions and as an EPC-contractor for commercial and utility scale photovoltaic (PV) plants
§ And providing tailor-made products and solutions for concentrating solar (CSP) power plants.
Siemens solar portfolio includes comprehensive solution offerings at plant level or plant sub-section level for PV and CSP for five defined solar market segments: PolySilicon Production, Wafer/Cell/Module Manufacturing, Solar Glass Production, Thin-Film Manufacturing and Field Installation (Utility and Non-Utility). We support our customers with integrated solutions for automation, control, and protection needs with products and systems such as inverters, tracking control, wireless communication, switchgear, and other key automation and power components.
Siemens Industry, Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Siemens' global Industry Sector business-the world's leading supplier of production, transportation and building technology solutions. The company's integrated hardware and software technologies enable comprehensive industry-specific solutions for industrial and infrastructure providers to increase their productivity, sustainability and profitability. The Industry Sector includes six divisions: Building Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility, Drive Technologies and Osram Sylvania. With nearly 204,000 Siemens Industry Sector employees worldwide, the Industry Sector posted a worldwide profit of $4.7 billion on revenues of $47.3 billion in fiscal 2010 http://www.usa.siemens.com
TMEIC (Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corporation)
Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corporation (TMEIC) was formed in 2003 by uniting the industrial systems departments of Toshiba and Mitsubishi Electric, TMA Electric Corp (TMAE) and Toshiba GE Automation system Corp. (TGAJ). TMEIC is an industrial systems integrator contributing to production systems and management of the environment with cutting-edge technology. TMEIC's core technologies are: "Power Electronics Technology" which control electricity reliably and efficiently; "Motor and Generator Technology" which operates machinery and produces electric power; "Power Solutions Technology" which supplies safe and stable electricity by power distribution, voltage adjustment, and energy storage; and "Automation Technology" which optimally operates plant system. Dedicated to, "Localization & Networking", TMEIC is expanding its business by establishing roots in each region and building a global supply-chain to connect to worldwide markets. TMEIC's ultimate goal is to be close to customers around the world and to quickly respond to their needs. TMEIC's corporate statement, "We drive industry", represents sustained efforts in seeking new challenges. TMEIC is dedicated to evolve together with customers and the world needs. http://www.tmeic.co.jp/global/index.html
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