OpenADR Certification Process

The OpenADR Alliance was formed to build on the foundation of technical activities to support the development, testing, and deployment of commercial OpenADR and facilitates its acceleration and widespread adoption. This approach needs to engage service providers (such as electric utilities and systems operators) within the domain of the Smart Grid that publish OpenADR signals, as well as the facilities or third-party entities that consume them to manage electric loads. The OpenADR Alliance will enable all stakeholders to participate in automated DR, dynamic pricing, and electricity grid reliability.

OpenADR2.0 follows the notion of Virtual Top Nodes (VTN) and Virtual End Nodes (VEN) as outlined in the OASIS Energy Interoperation. For the purpose of device development, the OpenADR Alliance always tests the interface between a VTN and a VEN whereas either node can be the device under test (DUT). Intelligence build into the systems not related to the OpenADR 2.0 message exchange is not part of the OpenADR Alliance testing program.

Product Types for Certification

The Virtual Top Nodes (VTN) is an information exchange server. This server can be located at the highest infrastructure level (e.g. Utility Company), at an aggregator level, or at the managed facility. Each VTN can have 1-N VENs. Commonly VTNs are reasonably powerful computer systems.

The Virtual End Nodes (VEN) are clients to one or more VTN and can be located one level below any of the suitable VTN locations. VENs can be simple devices like load controllers, thermostats or more powerful implementations like energy management systems or aggregator level control servers.

Test Facilities

The OpenADR Alliance has partnered with several international test houses to provide testing services to members of the Alliance.

Intertek Testing Services NA, Inc.
1365 Adams Court
Menlo Park, CA 94025
T: +1 650 463 2900
F: +1 650 463 2910
Intertek Japan K.K.
Matsuda Laboratory
1283 Yadoriki, Matsuda,
Ashigarakami-gun, Kanagawa
258-0001 Japan
Telephone : +81 465 89 2316
Intertek ETL SEMKO Korea Ltd.
1103, Ace Techno Tower, 38,
Digital-ro 29gil (Guro3-dong),
Guro-gu, Seoul, 152-779,
Republic of Korea
Phone: +82-2-860-0203
TUV Rheinland Japan Ltd.
Global Technology Assessment Center
4-25-2 Kita-Yamata, Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama 224-0021
(+81) 45-470-1850
TUV Rheinland Korea Ltd.
E&C Venture Dream Tower 6
197-28, Guro-dong, Guro-gu
Seoul, 152-719, Republic of Korea
Phone: +82-2-860-9910
China Electric Power Research Institute
No.15,Xiaoying East Road
Qinghe,Haidian District,Beijing,China
Phone: +86-10-82813301ext.8029


Certification Process

The below process outlines the steps that need to be taken to submit a product for certification. For questions please contact