DistribuTech Notebook: Duke Energy, OpenFMB and Building a ‘Smartphone for the Grid’

GreenTech Media:  The annual DistribuTech conference is the place to discover the latest advances in power grid technology — and catch up on long-running technology efforts that are finally starting to bear near-commercial fruit.

For the past six years, giant utility Duke Energy and a who’s-who list of corporate partners have been working on a technology known as an Open Field Message Bus, or OpenFMB. This standard is meant to allow smart meters, solar inverters, battery controllers, distribution grid control systems and communications network nodes to use their on-board computing power to solve edge-of-grid problems that happen too fast for centralized grid control systems to manage.

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