Battelle teams with SmartSynch GridRouter in AEP Ohio smart grid project

Jackson, Miss., April 26, 2011 — Battelle has selected the SmartSynch GridRouter communications module to serve as the Home Energy Manager component to compliment its Active Demand Management System.

Battelle's ADM enables real-time pricing and pre-programmed home energy management. The groundbreaking system will debut as a 1,000 customer pilot as part of AEP Ohio's gridSMART Demonstration Project designed to put energy management in the hands of 110,000 central Ohio homes and businesses while also improving energy efficiency and reliability.

As part of AEP Ohio's gridSMART Demonstration Project, 1,000 of the 110,000 participants will receive the GridRouter-based HEM, which provides an automated interface allowing consumers to pre-program settings to control home heating/cooling, water heaters and appliances to their preference and have more control over their energy consumption at the same time.

The high availability system will allow AEP Ohio to shave peak load, while enabling consumers to save on their energy bills.

Battelle's system also has the ability to manage commercial loads, distributed generation and distributed storage, while taking wind and weather forecasts into account for greater optimization.

Launched in December 2009, the GridRouter was the industry's first universal smart grid communications solution, enabling utilities to seamlessly communicate with any device on the grid regardless of make, model or communications technology.

Battelle will use the GridRouter to support its HEM controlling and communicating with smart appliances within a residential home environment via Wi-Fi, while communicating with a smart meter via ZigBee communications protocol within the residence. Additional cellular communications capability will be via EV-DO or HSPA, whichever is specified by the utility.

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