Interoperability Is Trilliant’s Smart Target

“A robust ecosystem of industry leaders to enhance and promote interoperability between energy management devices and the smart meter” – that’s what Trilliant is touting with the announcement that it has brought together 16 leading home energy management companies to deliver simplified, interoperable energy management devices for utilities designed to more quickly deliver the benefits of the much-touted smart grid.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has long noted interoperability as one of the chief challenges facing the promise of the smart grid in saving cash and carbon for households and utilities alike. That’s because all that gee-whiz tech that could allow home energy management systems and appliances to communicate directly with the smart grid requires communication protocols that work across a number of different systems and manufacturers. Trilliant says it has brought these companies together – which encompass a wide range of products, technologies and approaches oriented towards helping consumers cut their day-to-day energy usage – to address this challenge.

Ecobee Home Energy Management app

image via Ecobee

Trilliant’s partners include: Ambient Devices, makers of Energy Orb, a product that displays real-time information for weather, sports, stock market and energy demand; Aztech, which is focused on “intuitive” energy management displays that monitor energy consumption at home; Digi, which offers households access to energy usage information, control of energy consuming devices and management of energy producing capabilities in real time, via smart phone and Web services applications; Ecobee, creator of the Open Energy Management Platform; and 12 more companies.

The companies agreed to develop products that will be fully compatible with Trilliant‘s Consumer-Engagement Solutions, which consist of wireless equipment and management software for smart grid communication networks designed to improve energy efficiency, lower operating costs, and integrate renewable energy resources. More information is available on the Trilliant website.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.