Virginia Tech Posts Beta Version of Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse
July 7, 2010
Virginia Tech announced today that it has posted a beta version of the Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse (SGIC) to invite comments and suggestions on its usability from both consumers and the Smart Grid community. The full version of the site will be released this fall.
The Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute was awarded a $1.25-million, five-year contract by the U.S. Department of Energy in October 2009 to develop the portal with content assistance from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the EnerNex Corp.
The Web portal is a platform for information about smart grid technologies, standards, rules and regulations, industry use cases and case studies, public awareness and education, and workforce training opportunities. It facilitates direct sharing and dissemination of Smart Grid information about knowledge gained, lessons learned, and best practices. It is also designed to serve as a decision support tool for state and federal regulators in their deliberations for rulemaking and evaluating the impact of their investments in Smart Grid technologies and software.
"The Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse offers a wide range of information from Smart Grid 101 for consumers who are just learning about the Smart Grid to case studies and standards for industry professionals who are tasked with implementing new technologies to in-depth technical specifications shared by those who have long been developing Smart Grid technology," said Saifur Rahman, Joseph R. Loring professor of engineering, director of ARI, and principal investigator for the portal. "Over the next few months, we are hoping to get as many comments and suggestions as possible from all of these groups so that the official portal launched in the fall will be as wide-appealing and as effective as possible."
Anyone who visits the portal is invited to contact the Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse with comments and suggestions.
The Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute provides a platform for Virginia Tech's engineering and computer science researchers to interact with counterparts in academia, government, and industry in the National Capital Region and also serves as a gateway to the research and development base at the main campus in Blacksburg.