Kiwigrid opens new KiwiOS Lab in Dres­den

  • In the ‘KiwiOS Lab’, the com­pa­ny tests and opti­mizes the con­nec­tiv­i­ty and con­trol of dis­trib­uted ener­gy resources
  • In addi­tion, Kiwigrid is devel­op­ing new apps for data-dri­ven busi­ness mod­els based on KiwiOS

Kiwigrid has set up a new lab­o­ra­to­ry specif­i­cal­ly for KiwiOS at its head­quar­ters in Dres­den. In the new premis­es, the com­pa­ny can test and opti­mize the con­nec­tiv­i­ty and con­trol of dis­trib­uted ener­gy resources even more exten­sive­ly than before. The lab­o­ra­to­ry equip­ment includes PV invert­ers, pow­er stor­age, wall box­es, and meters. “We focus on the world’s lead­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers, such as LG Elec­tron­ics, Nis­san, SOLAR­WATT, Fro­nius, SMA, Webas­to, or Men­nekes,” says Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Tim Ulbricht.

KiwiOS is an oper­at­ing sys­tem for con­nect­ing and con­trol­ling dis­trib­uted ener­gy devices. The high­ly stan­dard­ized soft­ware plat­form syn­chro­nizes the data of the con­nect­ed devices with the KiwiCloud. KiwiOS con­tains appli­ca­tions that are par­tial­ly self-suf­fi­cient and par­tial­ly in inter­ac­tion with the KiwiCloud and that con­trol the ener­gy devices and opti­mize ener­gy flows. The oper­at­ing sys­tem works with a “EAL4 +” encryp­tion, and thus meets the high­est secu­ri­ty stan­dards.

In the lab, systems—which are com­bi­na­tions of the var­i­ous device class­es that Kiwigrid cus­tomers use in the field—are sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly test­ed. With sys­tem­at­ic func­tion­al and endurance tests, Kiwigrid per­fects the intel­li­gent inter­ac­tion of cer­tain invert­ers, pow­er stor­age units, and wall box­es.

The uti­liza­tion of device data is becom­ing increas­ing­ly impor­tant for new, data-dri­ven busi­ness mod­els. For exam­ple, Kiwigrid pro­vides a pow­er stor­age sim­u­la­tor that cal­cu­lates a self-suf­fi­cien­cy and self-con­sump­tion fore­cast based on actu­al solar and pow­er con­sump­tion data. This allows a much more accu­rate pur­chas­ing rec­om­men­da­tion for pow­er stor­age than with the stan­dard sim­u­la­tions avail­able on the inter­net. Among oth­er things, the inno­gy Group uses this sim­u­la­tor in retail sales.

The new KiwiOS Lab is designed to meet all these require­ments. Now we can test the devices pre­ferred by our cus­tomers much faster than before, and devel­op new inno­v­a­tive apps for data-dri­ven busi­ness mod­els,” says Kiwigrid Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Tim Ulbricht, explain­ing the invest­ments in the new KiwiOS Lab.

Thanks to its open archi­tec­ture, it is pos­si­ble to embed KiwiOS in every IoT-enabled device. “KiwiOS is already run­ning on numer­ous gate­ways. First and fore­most, these are the Ener­gy Man­agers deployed by our part­ners. But there is also the smart meter gate­way for intel­li­gent meter­ing point oper­a­tion from devo­lo, and the bit.B gate­way for com­mer­cial ener­gy and process mon­i­tor­ing from inno­gy.” Accord­ing to Ulbricht, it is also con­ceiv­able for the oper­at­ing sys­tem to be embed­ded direct­ly into ener­gy or smart home devices.

Con­nec­tiv­i­ty is one of Kiwigrid’s core ser­vices. KiwiOS has many dri­vers on board by default. But device man­u­fac­tur­ers reg­u­lar­ly launch new mod­els on the mar­ket. “For this we of course offer tar­get­ed dri­ver devel­op­ment. Our part­ners ben­e­fit from our many years of exper­tise and our abil­i­ty to update KiwiOS gate­ways on the fly,” con­cludes Ulbricht.

About Kiwigrid

Kiwigrid aims to help util­i­ties, vehi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers, and man­u­fac­tur­ers of dis­trib­uted ener­gy resources mas­ter the ener­gy tran­si­tion. Cus­tomers of the Dres­den com­pa­ny use the ener­gy ser­vice plat­form to open up new mar­kets, diver­si­fy their prod­ucts and ser­vices, and pull ahead of their com­pe­ti­tion. To make this pos­si­ble, Kiwigrid offers them cut­ting edge IoT tech­nol­o­gy and ener­gy ser­vices that help increase ener­gy effi­cien­cy, opti­mize the use of renew­able ener­gies, pave the way for elec­tric vehi­cles, and sta­bi­lize grids. Kiwigrid GmbH was found­ed in 2011 and now employs over 160 staff from var­i­ous parts of the world. Since then, the com­pa­ny has built up a wealth of exper­tise in ener­gy as it relates to the Inter­net of Things and intel­li­gent ener­gy man­age­ment. Kiwigrid is one of the world’s lead­ing tech­nol­o­gy com­pa­nies in these areas and was once again includ­ed on the Glob­al Clean­tech 100 list in Feb­ru­ary 2018.