11 Oct '11, 5pm

The Mother of All EV-Solar-Smart Grid Integrations

The Mother of All EV-Solar-Smart Grid Integrations

Image courtesy of Pecan Street Inc. It’s a job that would make working as a United Nations switchboard operator seem simple. Out in Austin, Texas, the federally funded Pecan Street smart grid test bed is asking plug-in cars, rooftop solar panels, smart appliances and household batteries to talk to each other -- and to the grid at large -- in a way that allows them to shape peak loads, cut household power bills and keep the grid humming smoothly. The project’s ambitions are lofty, to put it mildly. After all, common standards-based communications and controls are hard to come by even within the individual industry segments that make up the solar-EV-home energy mashup that Pecan Street is attempting. Getting all of these technologies to talk to one another represents an exponentially greater challenge. No surprise, then, that the nitty-gritty details of just how all these sy...

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