The OpenEGrid gateway makes it really easy to 'talk' to smart lighting, smart thermostats, illumination and occupancy sensors, smart meters, etc installed at your premises. The gateway is smart enough to automatically discover and register these smart devices regardless of manufacturer. The most prevalent industry protocols such as Zigbee, Zwave, WiFi, etc are already built in, allowing you to 'bring your own things' (BYOT). These devices are then configured to be controlled in the most energy efficient manner in consultation with the user. Users always have full 'override' capability, but can choose to allow the gateway algorithms to make the most efficient use of energy.
The gateway also gives you the ability to participate in the utility company's Demand Response, Curtailment, or Automatic Demand Response programs thus further enhancing your RoI (Return on Investment) in these Energy Efficiency measures.
In addition to the full featured monitoring capability thru real time communication with the solar electricity system, the system has the ability to communicate with other manufacturers monitoring systems in order to manage, automatically generate and send out bills for any number of solar assets; record, report, and track RECs (Renewable Energy Credits) to controlling authorities (such as PJM/GATS and WREGIS), and automatically send out invoices to buyers of these SRECs. Especially useful to owners of solar portfolios that have large number of individual solar systems each of which requires substantial amount of work to monitor, maintain, and manage.
Battery Back-Up Systems and Fuel Cells are the two main methods of storage of Electricity in conjunction with renewable energy generation systems such as Solar Photovaltaics (PV Systems) and Wind Turbines, which are inherently irregular and unpredictable sources of clean electricity. This kind of storage is used for short term storage in order to mitigate spikes in the demand for electricity, arbitration between very expensive electricity during ‘peak’ periods and cheaper electricity during the night; as also for long term ‘resiliency’ in case of a catastrophic event (such as storm Sandy!) that can take down the electric grid for several days.
The OpenEGrid system has the ability to manage any DC resources (including but not limited to Solar Panels, Batteries, Fuel Cells, etc) that sit behind an inverter that is capable of being grid-tied, but can also operate in ‘island’ mode as a component of a local Micro-Grid.
As more and more Electric Vehicles invade our garages, the utility company has a significant problem on their hands because people charging their cars, all at the same time when they come home from work, creates a significant strain on the electric grid. By the same token, all these connected cars also constitute a huge resource for the utility company to use when they really need the help! The OpenEGrid System provides the ability to intelligently use all available resources such as Solar and/or the utility company’s grid to make decisions as to the best time to charge the EV. It also provides the ability to ‘Sell’ power to the utility company when they really need it, thus benefiting from the existing DR programs and the emerging Automatic Demand Response (ADR) programs.
The OpenEGrid System provides building managers, aggregators, and even utility companies to participate in or implement Curtailment programs which require participating end users to reduce their electrical load when the utility company is expecting or actually facing a period of dangerously high demand on the grid.
The OpenEGrid System has all the capability built in that’s required to either participate in or initiate and implement ‘Grid Events’ that require the customers connected to the grid to either temporarily cut down their use of electricity to ensure that the grid is able to continue operating safely within the Voltage and Current parameters, or require the customers to temporarily INCREASE their usage for the purpose of Frequency Regulation.