Fujitsu is First Japanese Company to Join OpenADR2.0a Interoperability Test
OpenADR2.0a-compliant prototype being demonstrated at Grid-Interop 2012
Sunnyvale, US and Kawasaki, Japan, Dec 3, 2012 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu
Laboratories of America, Inc. (FLA) and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd., today
announced that Fujitsu is the first Japanese company to demonstrate a system
compliant with the OpenADR2.0a specification(1). The demonstration is part of
the interoperability plug-in event at Grid-Interop 2012, the largest Smart Grid
interoperability event in the United States, held in Irving, Texas between
December 3rd and 6th, 2012. Grid-Interop is an annual forum organized by the
GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC), which was formed by the U.S. Department
of Energy to promote interoperability in the Smart Grid space.
Demand Response (DR) technology has attracted significant attention as it
provides an effective mechanism to maintain balance between supply and demand
throughout a smart city. DR works by prompting users to curtail electricity
consumption when a utility is nearing its generation capacity. Fujitsu
completed development of a Demand Response Automation Server (DRAS) prototype
that is compliant with OpenADR 2.0a, the international DR standard, and is the
first Japanese company to perform interoperability testing with other
vendors' products at Grid-Interop 2012.
Today's power grids face a number of challenges, including an
unprecedented growth in electricity demand coupled with ever-increasing power
generation costs. Information and communication technology (ICT) and clean
energy technologies, such as renewable energy, are considered to be key
components in addressing these challenges and building a sustainable society of
In the US, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)(2) is
organizing efforts for standardizing DR technologies, and OpenADR
specifications are being formed as a uniform communication protocol to transmit
control signals (DR signals), such as curtailment requests, between utilities
and electricity users. Fujitsu, as a member of OpenADR Alliance(3) in charge of
developing and promoting OpenADR standards, is among the first to develop DR
technologies and services that are compliant with international standards.
Fujitsu's New Technology
FLA has developed a prototype DRAS system and DR client compliant with the
OpenADR 2.0a profile standard. The system is being demonstrated at the
international Grid-Interop 2012 forum, where Fujitsu is participating in an
OpenADR Plug-In event to test interoperability with other vendors. DRAS is a
server that enables utilities and customers to automatically send and receive
control information (DR signals), such as curtailment requests and responses.
For example, when a utility sends a curtailment request to the DRAS,
appropriate energy use curtailment commands can be sent to smart appliances in
customers' homes that support DR services and energy management systems in
buildings and factories (BEMS/FEMS). Once an order is received, electricity use
can be automatically curtailed according to pre-defined settings made by each
At the OpenADR Plug-in test, Fujitsu will confirm that DR signals can be
accurately sent and received between its DRAS and other vendors' energy
management systems deployed at customers' sites.
Through the interoperability test, Fujitsu aims at promoting an interoperable
DR infrastructure that is compliant with international standards, thereby
contributing to the creation of a sustainable society.
(1) OpenADR2.0a: Subset of DR functionalities standardized by OpenADR
(2) National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST): National agency of
the U.S. in charge of standardization related to technologies, manufacturing,
(3) OpenADR Alliance: A non-profit organization promoting development and
deployment of OpenADR standards.
About Fujitsu Laboratories of America
Fujitsu Laboratories of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu
Laboratories Ltd. (Japan), focusing on research on Internet, interconnect
technologies, software development and solutions for several industry
verticals. Conducting research in an open environment, it contributes to the
global research community and the IT industry. It is headquartered in
Sunnyvale, CA. For more information, please see: www.fla.fujitsu.com.
About Fujitsu Laboratories
Founded in 1968 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu
Laboratories Limited is one of the premier research centers in the world. With
a global network of laboratories in Japan, China, the United States and Europe,
the organization conducts a wide range of basic and applied research in the
areas of Next-generation Services, Computer Servers, Networks, Electronic
Devices and Advanced Materials. For more information, please see:
About Fujitsu Limited
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT)
company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services.
Over 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We
use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our
customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5
trillion yen (US$54 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. For more
information, please see www.fujitsu.com.
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