Technology Support

SGIN supports vendors with technical service needs such as:

1) Connecting their product to the Smart Grid.

SGIN is in partnership with Siemens Lab in efforts to help connect vendors’ products with the Smart Grid.

The Siemens Lab has the following assets:

Interoperability testing: Siemens DEMS, OpenADR 2.0a, 2.0b, other protocols, and energy management systems
Simulated ‘plug & play’: DER simulation, DER management system
Consulting: Open standards implementation, test case execution

About OpenADR (Automated Demand Response):

Demand Response (DR) and Distributed Energy Resources (DER) programs help utilities maintain grid reliability and enable customers to realize the significant value. Unfortunately, existing proprietary solutions add unnecessary cost and complexity. The Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) protocol was created to standardize, automate and simplify DR/DER to enable utilities to cost-effectively meet growing energy demand, and for customers to control their energy future.

2) Lab and field trials with host utilities, municipalities, or building owners.

Smart Grid product development faces technical challenges that are difficult to solve independently. In partnership with the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and New Brunswick Power to help connect vendors’ products with :

– Power engineering challenges require connectivity to the grid.
– Design challenges require deep electrical engineering or computer science knowledge/skills.
– Sandbox environment and testing products and services with real utility customers is required.

The UNB Lab has the following assets:

Assets & Services:

– Research & development
– Power system simulations
– Smart grid software testing, training and demonstration
– Prototype development

The NB Power Lab has the following assets:

Assets & Services:

– Smart product test benches
– Utility demand response integration testing
– Building energy management test bench
– Public communications network testing
– Testing automation and data analytics


How to Engage?

Based on your technology maturity level and your needs, we will assign a lead lab to define your project scope.

Fill out the online vendor application form.