As new vendors and products enter the Smart Grid market, interoperability issues present significant challenges. In this environment, utilities and manufacturers require greater certainty that their technologies will work together.
DNV GL has developed a solution — the Smart Grid Interop Lab. The lab, which is located behind the Duke Energy Envision Center in Erlanger, KY, offers independent verification of device interoperability and compliance validation of low-voltage automation devices, meters and consumer products.
Testing procedures focus on four key areas of interoperability performance: reliability, optimization, regression testing to ensure compatibility with older components, and cyber security. The testing services include
Supplier product testing - to certify performance and interoperability
Utility architecture testing - to validate compatibility, adherence to NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Standards and interoperability of AMI and Smart Grid products to system designs
Third-party service provider testing - to verify compatibility, adherence to standards and interoperability of AMI and Smart Grid products with additional supplier products and services
Experimental testing environment - to perform proof of concept and experimental testing of prototypes from product and service developers in early development stages
Performance testing - to measure how individual elements function in the system, as well as the impact from the addition of new system elements or features
Compatibility testing - to determine a tested product or service element’s ability to work effectively with other elements, while operating together in the same grid environment.
Full reporting of results, including trends and conclusions, issued for each test undertaken
A live and operational Smart Grid environment to test compliance of products and services with existing and new standards as they evolve
The ability to test, individually or in combination, new productsand services for compliance and interoperability with supplemental products and services
A controlled environment to develop and execute new test procedures and use-case scenarios in accordance with evolving NIST Smart Grid standards
A platform to provide training for Smart Grid system installations, operations, and diagnostics