OpenDEM Controller is an Android-based device that allows users to monitor and control space temperature and humidity, lighting, plug loads and other systems or devices. The Controller also supports safety and security functions. The Controllers are designed Smart Grid ready with an advanced shift & shed load service that works with openADR, OpenDEM Campus and OpenDEM Cloud. This intelligent load shifting and shedding can be based on price signals (Automated Demand Response) and local off-grid or micro-grid conditions.
OpenDEM Campus is designed to provide advanced energy monitoring, management and control for a campus or portfolio of buildings. It can also serve as an integral subsystem for a micro-grid or off-grid location.
OpenDEM Cloud is designed to provide advanced energy monitoring, management and control for individual buildings or devices, campuses and portfolio of buildings. Data and management can be grouped by device types, load types, building types or locations, and geographies or service territories.
In less developed countries, OpenDEM allows small villages to share expensive resources (solar panels and batteries) and, by controlling peak demand, reduces the investment to reliably supply power where and when it is needed. In developing countries, where power delivery can be unreliable, OpenDEM can reduce reliance on diesel generators. In the developed world, OpenDEM will allow individuals and organizations to more cost-effectively develop carbon neutral buildings and campuses and to reduce demand charges.
Energy variability is one of the most significant challenges to transitioning to renewable energy. Cost-effectively managing demand and supply to address variability is a complex challenge that can be broken down into distinct modules. Recently Chunka Mui summed up the book Design Rule: The Power of Modularity: “A clear, well-formulated set of design rules, including architecture, interfaces and standards, ignites an ecosystem where companies compete at the module level. This drives down module cost while enhancing innovation and, over time, the more open architecture wins.”
It depends. The OpenDEM framework itself is built by developers for developers. If you want to customize it or integrate into an existing web site you will need a working knowledge of Ruby on Rails, SQL databases, cloud hosting and energy data collection.
If you’re not a developer, you can still take advantage of the power of OpenDEM by using a pre-packaged solution built on OpenDEM or by working with an OpenDEM integrator or consultant.
If you want to implement an open source Energy Dashboard yourself, here are a few steps that should help:
- Watch the Welcome to OpenDEM video (COMING SOON) for a good general introduction to the framework.
- Work through the Getting Started wiki pages to learn the basics.
- Contact Amzur Technologies to meet the team to assist in planning your implementation.
If you are not a developer, talk with Amzur Technologies about using a pre-built OpenDEM solution or working with the Amzur development team.