CSI RD&D

CSI RD&D PROGRAM - CONCLUDED 

The California Solar Initiative's RD&D Program has now concluded after operating since 2008 through 2016. All solicitations and research projects are now complete.

 

 Report 
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 Program overview + Research briefs       

 [25 MB ]
 Program overview  [13 MB ]

 Research briefs  (high resolution)                     

 [44 MB ]


For more information on the research projects and resulting reports please review the section below. All completed final reports are also available separately for review and download. 

FINAL REPORTS for completed projects along with individual research briefs can be found here.

 

CSI RD&D Program - Program Evaluation 

 

 Report 
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 Report Summary       

 [277 KB ]
 Final Report  [3 MB ]

 Appendices           

 [4 MB ]

 

Funded Projects

This is a database of projects funded by the CSI RD&D. The project summaries are listed alphabetically below. You may also choose a subset of projects by clicking a keyword, or using the search function.


Standard Communication Interface and Certification Test Program

Current Highlights:

FINAL PROJECT REPORT. August 2016.  [PDF]  (3.4 MB)

Jun 30, 2016

  • DRAFT Final report [PDF] - reminder please come back for the final version of the report

  • Webinar slide deck [PDF] and recording [wmv]

 

Previous deliverables and reports

  • SEP 2.0 Mapping for Grid Control Enabled Inverters. EPRI. Aumaugher, G. December 2014. PDF  (500 KB)
  • Standard Communication Interface and Certification Test Program for Smart Inverters (One-page summary). EPRI. 2014.  PDF  (203 KB)
  • Suggested Additions to the CEA-2045 Standard. EPRI ANSI/CEA-2045 California Solar Initiative Project. Aumaugher, G. Technical Update, November 2014.  PDF  (433 KB)
  • OpenADR Mapping for Grid Control Enabled Inverters. EPRI. Aumaugher, G.. November 2014.  PDF  (474 KB)
  • Applying SunSpec Modbus to Meet California Rule 21 Requirements. SunSpec Alliance for EPRI. Nunneley, J, et al. October, 2014.  PDF  (471 KB)
  • Provisional Electric Rule 21 Test Protocols for Advanced Inverter Functions PDF Dec 2014
  • Cyber Security Requirements and Recommendations PDF Oct 2015

Project Information

Solicitation: Solicitation 4
Target Area: Grid Integration
Awardee: Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Partners:

SunSpec Alliance, SMA, Fronius, Sandia National Laboratories, TUV Rheinland, and Xanthus Consulting

Utility Partners: Southern California Edison (SCE) and Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

CSI Funding: $885,675
Match Funding: $1,016,693
Start Date: May 2014
End Date: May 2016
Status: Complete

Contact Information

Principal Investigator Name: Brian Seal
Principal Investigator Email: bseal @ epri.com
Principal Investigator Phone: 865-218-8181
Grant Manager Name: William Marin
Grant Manager Email: William.Marin @ itron.com
Grant Manager Phone: 509-891-3193

Project Summary

The goals of this project include:

  • Accelerating the availability of inverter products that incorporate advanced control features and are compatible with utility communication systems,
  • Providing a ready standard test and certification framework, and
  • Addressing the critical gaps and providing support for California Rule 21 and IEEE 1547 activities.

The EPRI team will develop and demonstrate standardized inverter communication interface that is compatible with utility communication networks. The project will also develop and make available a standard testing and certification program for advanced inverters including an open source software test tool and test procedures that meet CA Rule 21 and IEEE 1547. SCE and SMUD will identify utility requirements and field test certified inverter systems on their utility networks.

Deliverables and Documents

Reports:

  • Final Project Report Standard Communication Interface and Certification Test Program for Smart Inverters. Seal, B. EPRI. August 2016. [PDF]  (3.4 MB)

  • SCE CSI4 Field Demonstration Test Procedure for Smart Inverter Communications. Robles, s., Garcia, M., McDonald, J. April 4, 2016. PDF (601 KB)

  • DRAFT Final report [PDF] - Jun 2016

  • Cyber Security Requirements and Recommendations PDF Oct 2015

  • SEP 2.0 Mapping for Grid Control Enabled Inverters. EPRI. Aumaugher, G. December 2014. PDF  (500 KB)

  • Standard Communication Interface and Certification Test Program for Smart Inverters (One-page summary). EPRI. 2014.  PDF  (203 KB)

  • Suggested Additions to the CEA-2045 Standard. EPRI ANSI/CEA-2045 California Solar Initiative Project. Aumaugher, G. Technical Update, November 2014.  PDF  (433 KB)

  • OpenADR Mapping for Grid Control Enabled Inverters. EPRI. Aumaugher, G.. November 2014.  PDF  (474 KB)

  • Applying SunSpec Modbus to Meet California Rule 21 Requirements. SunSpec Alliance for EPRI. Nunneley, J, et al. October, 2014.  PDF  (471 KB)

  • Provisional Electric Rule 21 Test Protocols for Advanced Inverter Functions PDF Dec 2014

 

Presentations:

Standard Communication Interface and Certification Test Program for Smart Inverters. Seal, Brian. EPRI. 26 June 2014.  PDF  (893 KB)

Final Project Webinar slide deck [PDF] and recording [wmv] Jun 30, 2016

Project Activities

Project Links

The following GitHub directory link contains software developed by SunSpec in support of this project:

https://github.com/sunspec/svp_directories