DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability recently announced that its KEMA Smart Grid Interop Lab (SGIL) is offering a membership program that enhances how industry participants can economically test products for smart grid integration, compliance, and risk, while collaborating with other members to drive rich interoperability solutions and expand market visibility. Information on DNV KEMA's testing and consulting services will be on display at IEEE PES T&D 2012 in Orlando, Florida, May 7-9, booth #1549.
Open to all utilities and associated technology vendors, the program gives members exclusive access to the SGIL without the costs and effort associated with building or updating their own dedicated labs. SGIL membership meets the technical and business needs of participants, and it fosters mutually beneficial partnerships among the lab members. Membership also encourages thought leadership and collaboration on customer projects for testing and validation.
SGIL membership offers several benefits:
Two types of annual memberships to accommodate different needs and investment levels
Ability to test and optimize smart grid solutions without large capital and resource investments
Access to KEMA technical lab experts and business consultants
Access to all test tools housed in the facility
Ability to leverage world-renowned test reports and validation
Opportunity to participate in multi-member testing projects
Ability to showcase smart grid solutions for customers and users
Use of a live smart grid environment to provide training and give presentations
Connected access to other KEMA lab facilities
Ron Chebra, vice president, DNV KEMA said, "The KEMA SGIL membership program streamlines the administrative process for companies so they can have virtually uninterrupted use of our fully equipped lab. They can use our facilities to replicate most field conditions. Having an independent organization manage this makes good business sense for risk mitigation."Chebra also noted that DNV KEMA is the first organization in the world to be recognized by the Utility Communications Architecture users group as an independent, third-party (level A) testing lab for IEC 61850 compliance.