Infineon Technologies is the first chip maker to join the EEBus consortium developing a standardised communications flow for energy management systems.
EEBus, based in Germany, is a manufacturer-independent standardized language for the exchange of energy and application-relevant information that can be used free of charge. The standards-based language enables the proper functioning of all devices even during energy shortages and the provision of plug-and-play solutions for residential and commercial applications.
The architecture is based on the Smart Grid Architecture Model (SGAM) with multiple layers.
For example, it distinguishes generally between content, namely the data model that is transmitted, and the type of transmission respectively the communication path. The EEBus SPINE (Smart Premises Interoperable Neutral-Message Exchange) data model can be carried by different communication paths and protocols. One possible transport protocol is the IP-based SHIP (Smart home IP) which is based on widely-used RFCs and can be used in existing IP infrastructure.
This means companies can use SPINE to offer their services or platforms and potentially control millions of energy relevant devices or, as device manufacturers, connect their own products to a larger eco-system. This is regardless of previously used communication technologies or industry affiliation to groups such as Matter, TCP/IP, Zwave or microgrid standards.
“This principle of an unified energy eco-system has been the basic philosophy of the EEBus Initiative from the very beginning. We offer an open solution for all market participants instead of another proprietary isolated solution,” said Dr. Robert Böhm, Managing Director from EEBus Initiative e.V. “With EEBus we develop and standardize a dynamically flexible interface on behalf of the industry and provide a global standard for communication.”
“The continuous and collaborative coordination of members in working groups at eye level is creating a unified and vendor-independent communication solution which is essential for bidirectional charging and a decentralized power grid,” said Andreas Urschitz, Chief Marketing Officer of Infineon. “With EEBus’ special focus on energy management, bidirectional end user devices can be integrated into the Smart Grid, easy and efficiently.”
More information about the EEBus Initiative is available at www.eebus.org.
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