Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) has released its first open-source OpenFMB device simulator, which has been designed to integrate clean energy into the grid.

With its new device, the company expects to fast-track the development, testing and adoption of distributed energy resources (DERs) that use the OpenFMB messaging and data model.

SGS chief technology officer Bob Currie said: “We have been working with OpenFMB and its underlying technologies for two years.

“This device simulator project, which we’ve made publicly available for free, helps the utility and technology community understand, develop and test what we believe is a critical interoperability standard and framework for the future grid.”

The company has developed OpenFMB in response to the proliferation of DER’s such as wind and solar power, which led to a greater consistency and information sharing among these systems.

OpenFMB can enable integration as well as interoperability of devices and systems out to the grid edge, underpinning the need to transition towards a flexible energy system.

By using OpenFMB and other open standard interoperability frameworks, the utilities can have both cost and performance benefits and speed up their transition to Distribution System Operator business models.

Currie further added: “We think our OpenFMB simulator will be a valuable contribution to addressing smart grid interoperability needs for distributed energy resources.”

SGS product has already supported OpenFMB demonstration projects for San Diego Gas & Electric in the US and Northern Powergrid in the UK.

The company provides solutions to distribution utilities and distributed energy resource operators and has offices in New York, Glasgow, London and San Francisco.