As the demand for energy continues to increase worldwide, primarily fueled by the growth in emerging economies, the concept of “energy efficiency” has taken on a lot of importance. Apart from looking at alternate and renewable (solar, wind) sources of energy, much effort has been poured into making our current energy usage more efficient.
“Smart energy” is one such area with a lot of promise. At its core, the idea of smart energy involves delivering energy management (both home and commercial) via a large network of connected devices, appliances, meters, grids etc. Smart meters and smart grids are the key building blocks of this concept.
With millions of connected devices, it makes a lot of sense to design to an agreed standard. This is where Smart Energy Profile 2.0 (SEP) comes into play. As a designer of embedded applications for the smart energy market, one needs to be aware of the current SEP specification and any ongoing developments.
Mentor Embedded has been working closely with customers developing applications, ranging from smart meters to smart appliances, in the smart energy space. Nucleus RTOS with its low power management framework and wide range of network connectivity (inc. the recently announced support for mDNS protocol and zero config networking) is a popular choice for such applications.
To learn more about SEP 2.0 and embedded design strategies for smart energy applications, join us in an upcoming complementary webinar at http://www.mentor.com/embedded-software/events/explore-hardware-and-software-strategies-to-design-smart-energy-profile–sep–2-0-compliant-embedded-devices