QualityLogic, a developer of interoperability test tools for the smart grid industry, and UL LLC (Underwriter’s Laboratories), a global safety science organization, announce an agreement to work together to bring formal testing programs for emerging smart grid standards to the industry. The first program is for the IEEE 2030.5 (SEP 2) standard and offers the QualityLogic Conformance Test Program to the Smart Grid industry. The Program uses QualityLogic Test Tools that have been approved by the Consortium for Smart Energy Profile 2.0 Interoperability (CSEP) and a QualityLogic-designed testing process to assess the conformance of IEEE 2030.5 (SEP 2) implementations to the IEEE 2030.5 standard.
Under the agreement, UL will conduct the formal testing process using the QualityLogic program and test tools, and QualityLogic will publish the results and maintain a web site listing of successfully tested products. The Conformance Test Service is currently available from UL.
The IEEE SA-2030.5-2013 SEP 2 Application Protocol Standard is agnostic as far as how the messages are transported. The IEEE 2030.5 is an application-only layer designed to work with any underlying communication protocol supporting TCP/IP, such as ZigBee, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and HomePlug. The standard has been adopted by the Society of Automotive Engineers as the interface standard between utilities/grid operations and electric vehicle charging systems in order to integrate EVs better into grid operations.
IEEE 2030.5 is also being considered for adoption in California’s Rule 21 as the interface standard between utilities and emerging “smart” inverters that will integrate renewable energy, electric vehicles and other distributed energy resources into grid operations. The IEEE 2030.5 (SEP 2) has been identified for adoption as an official standard in at least two countries for energy management communications within residential buildings and between such buildings and utility operations. The program includes a vendor-specified conformance statement; independent testing by UL; a published statement of conformance; and public announcement and listing of conformant IEEE 2030.5 (SEP 2) products.
The Conformance Test Suite consists of 31 tests for the five Core Function Sets (TLS, CERT, DNS, DCAP, TM) required of all products tested. Another 65 tests are included for eight optional function sets, such as demand response and metering. The combination of the Core and specific Optional function sets is required to implement specific products, such as smart thermostats, in-home displays and load controllers.