The Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on research on smart grids, demand response and other joint energy-related R&D, including energy efficiency and interoperability standards development.
The MOU also mentions OpenADR, the open automated demand response communications specification developed at Berkeley Lab. The Lab has pioneered the development of OpenADR at its Demand Response Research Center, which is funded by the state of California, the US Department of Energy, utilities, and other entities. According to Berkeley Lab, although OpenADR was developed for US markets, it is has become an integral component of the international smart grid, as well.
Berkeley Lab researchers in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD) will work with KERI to develop R&D projects in the above-named areas of collaboration. EETD has hosted visiting KERI researchers for a number of years. The research partners will be explore applications of automated demand response in facilities’ systems and networks, as well as open smart grid standards for the Republic of Korea.