Sunday, September 27, 2009

G.hn Approved by NIST for SmartGrid

The National Institute Standards Technologies (NIST) has been approved G.hn technology for use in Smart Grid applications.


G.hn is the next-generation wired networking standard developed by the United Nation's ITU-T that supports high-speed communication over power lines, phone lines, and coaxial cable. Most devices that consume or monitor energy and that are connected to AC power can benefit from G.hn technology. Examples include smart electricity meters, heating and air conditioning systems, electrical appliances, lightning systems, TVs, and other devices. G.hn can also be used to establish a secure communication channel between Plug-in Electrical Vehicles (PEV) and Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) found in distributed charging stations.


HomeGrid Forum, which promotes G.hn standardization efforts for next-generation wired home networking, is forming a working group within the organization to focus on Smart Grid applications. By working with its member companies, HomeGrid Forum will help bring a range of G.hn-based devices to market that are compliant with the requirements for deployment in Smart Grid and home energy management applications.


"G.hn is a next generation wired networking standard and as such it delivers higher performance, seamless connectivity and power efficiency," said Matt Theall, president of HomeGrid Forum. "The G.hn standard includes significant provisions for power management, including sleep modes that will enable devices based on G.hn technology to meet power efficiency standards such as the European Code of Conduct on ‘Energy Consumption of Broadband Communication Equipment,' regulations such as the European Commission Regulation 1275/2008 and other requirements of the Smart Grid industry."http://www.HomeGridForum.org

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