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August 05, 2011

SAE International Standards Gets Selected For Smart Grid Catalog of Standards



Among the first six standards that The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) added into its Catalog of Standards were two SAE International electric vehicle standards.

Both these standards had received an approval by over 90 percent of the SGIP members and are a clear indication of the high-priority national standards that are required to convey the modern and energy-efficient power grid with seamlessly interoperable components, according to the group. SAE International is one of the premier standards development organization identified by NIST for "Interoperability Standards to Support Plug-In Electric Vehicles."

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A consensus-based group that is made up of more than 675 public and private organizations,

The SGIP was formed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to coordinate the development of U.S. Smart Grid standards.

Included in SGIP's Catalog of Standards are the two SAE International standards. The J1772: which is a SAE Electric Vehicle and Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Conductive Charge Coupler and the J2836/1 which usee Cases for Communication Between Plug-in Vehicles and the Utility Grid.

The J1772 describes the physical connector used to plug in an electric vehicle (EV) and specifies such details as the dimensions, functions, and configurations of the vehicle inlet and mating conductor. J2836/1 is a standard that describes the electronic information that the vehicle will exchange during the charging process with the grid by establishing use cases for communication that happen between plug-in electric vehicles and the electric power grid, for energy transfer and other applications.  .

In a release, Jack Pokrzywa, director of Global Ground Vehicle Standards with SAE International said that "Our stakeholders have a keen interest in the Smart Grid because it's the infrastructure needed to recharge hybrid and electric vehicles.”

The Catalog of Standards will end up having hundreds of consensus standards and will turn into an important source of knowledge for the entire grid community that includes utilities, manufacturers, consumers, and regulators.

The SGIP supports NIST, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, in fulfilling its responsibilities under the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act.

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Edited by Carrie Schmelkin
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