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Open energy management software platform for microgrids and smart buildings

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By Nick Flaherty


The portal will make it easier for ABB customers to integrate data and analytics from ABB Ability Electrical Distribution Control System into their operations, and for external developers to develop custom applications that meet the specialist needs of different sectors such as microgrids and smart buildings.

“ABB is the leading digital energy partner for Industry 4.0 and smart building strategies because we are passionate about making data part of the process,” said Guido Jouret, Chief Digital Officer at ABB. “We focus data analytics on the things that matter most to operations – and we integrate seamlessly with all the other data available. The ABB Ability Software Developer Portal will enable more companies to make innovative and valuable use of their energy data.”

The Software Developer Portal provides a secure way for developers, analytic companies and trusted partners to use power data from ABB’s smart hardware in new ways. The Portal provides an Application Programming Interface (API) and a Software Development Kit (SDK). ABB’s API enables different software packages to work together for customers. The new SDK allows approved developers to create new applications for ABB’s digital platform. 

Facilities use the ABB Ability Electrical Distribution Control System, a cloud-based Energy Management solution, to manage microgrids and to improve energy management, cost allocation and carbon emissions. The API and SDK will enable higher levels of customization, sector-specific algorithms and more advanced functions that will unlock additional value for customers.

“ABB’s Software Developer Portal makes it quicker and easier for partners to work together on specific sector requirements,” said Andrea Temporiti, digital leader for ABB’s Electrification business. “A third-party building management system, for example, could use EDCS data to collect information about energy consumption, and correlate it with room occupancy and other activities in the building, helping to optimize comfort of the users and the energy efficiency of the building.”


“In a factory, energy data could be overlaid with production data, enabling the business to customize its own data visualization and analytics and therefore enhance productivity and efficiency,” said Temporiti.

The Software Developer Portal provides a secure process for third party solutions to be developed, tested, certified and published on the ABB Ability EDCS Platform and to offer these applications on the ABB Ability Marketplace. The API layer will enable authorized third-party solutions to access ABB Ability data in a secure way, providing additional features and capabilities. Developers will be able to adapt existing solutions that use the data acquired by the EDCS Platform to offer customers new services. These external applications will only be able to access data when customers explicitly grant them access.

Platform-hosted extensions could include: widgets providing alternative ways to present key data; analytics to forecast energy consumption for specific loads for the next 24 hours; specific routines for complex conditions. External data sources could also be integrated. Weather forecasts, for example, could help improve microgrid management strategies.

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