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Title: VOLTTRON Lite: Integration Platform for the Transactional Network

Abstract

In FY13, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) with funding from the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Building Technologies Office (BTO) designed, prototyped and tested a transactional network platform. The platform is intended to support energy, operational and financial transactions between any networked entities (equipment, organizations, buildings, grid, etc.). Initially, in FY13, the concept demonstrated transactions between packaged rooftop units (RTUs) and the electric grid using applications or “agents” that reside on the platform, on the equipment, on local building controller or in the Cloud. This document describes the core of the transactional network platform, the Volttron Lite™ software and associated services hosted on the platform. Future enhancements are also discussed. The appendix of the document provides examples of how to use the various services hosted on the platform.

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Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1108150
Report Number(s):
PNNL-22935
BT0302000
DOE Contract Number:
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
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Citation Formats

Haack, Jereme N., Katipamula, Srinivas, Akyol, Bora A., and Lutes, Robert G.. VOLTTRON Lite: Integration Platform for the Transactional Network. United States: N. p., 2013. Web. doi:10.2172/1108150.
Haack, Jereme N., Katipamula, Srinivas, Akyol, Bora A., & Lutes, Robert G.. VOLTTRON Lite: Integration Platform for the Transactional Network. United States. doi:10.2172/1108150.
Haack, Jereme N., Katipamula, Srinivas, Akyol, Bora A., and Lutes, Robert G.. Thu . "VOLTTRON Lite: Integration Platform for the Transactional Network". United States. doi:10.2172/1108150. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1108150.
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