SunSpec Alliance Advances Security for Distributed Energy Resource Systems

Creates Blockchain Work Group to protect security credentials

The SunSpec Alliance and members Doosan Gridtech, Kitu Systems, and Wivity announced the creation of the SunSpec Blockchain Work Group. The work group will create requirements and specifications for a decentralized application to protect the security credentials of Distributed Energy Resource (DER) systems such as solar PV systems and electric vehicles.

Since DERs are expected to play a large role in energy generation, the need to protect against potential threats is high. The work group will initially address the threat of supply chain attacks that compromise security credentials. Its recommendations will be released in early 2020. “SunSpec has played a large role in creating standards for DERs and we expect the Blockchain Work Group to contribute immensely to the security of the grid,” said Tom Tansy, Chairman of the SunSpec Alliance. “This industry has already done a lot to secure DER technologies, but as they get deployed in the field it is critical to extend the same level of protection to operational aspects” added Gordon Lum, CTO of Kitu Systems.

The work group will be led by Jörg Brakensiek of Wivity and participation is open to all SunSpec members. Interested parties should contact membership@sunspec.org. The first workgroup meeting will be held on October 29, at 9 AM Pacific and is open to the public. To register to attend, go to https://bit.ly/35XrBcp.

About SunSpec

SunSpec Alliance is the information standards and certification organization for the Distributed Energy Resource (DER) industry. SunSpec communication standards address operational requirements of solar and energy storage on the smart grid to reduce cost, promote technology innovation, and accelerate industry growth. To learn more, visit www.sunspec.org.

About Doosan Gridtech

Doosan GridTech is an award-winning team of power system engineers, software developers and turnkey deployment experts that helps electric utilities and other megawatt-scale power producers evaluate, procure, integrate and optimize energy storage, solar power and other distributed energy resources. Its global team has designed and built over twenty energy storage installations in the Americas and Asian-Pacific regions –representing 85 MW of capacity. To learn more, visit www.doosangridtech.com.

About Kitu Systems

Kitu Systems accelerates consumer adoption of solar, battery storage, and electric vehicle charging by enabling a new generation of interconnection and providing communications and coordination capabilities for Utilities. Kitu Systems software and SaaS solutions embed intelligence and control capabilities into renewable energy devices, aggregate their communication in the cloud, and securely interconnect them with utility and customer management systems.To learn more, visit kitu.io.

About Wivity

Wivity Inc. is a privately held company based in San Francisco, CA. Its Device Security Registry™, records cybersecurity test results and certifications so that consumers and enterprise buyers can verify the security of a device prior to purchase. To learn more, visit www.wivity.com; @wivity.

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SunSpec Alliance is the information standards and certification organization for the Distributed Energy Resource (DER) industry. SunSpec communication standards address operational requirements of solar and energy storage on the smart grid.