Efficiency through simplicity.

e-Radio Introduces New Line of CEA-2045 Devices

October 9, 2013

In December 2012, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) introduced a new standard for consumer appliances with a goal of improving grid reliability and efficiency. This is accomplished by adding intelligence to devices in the form of real time information on changing electrical grid conditions and energy prices, allowing appliances to optimize when they use power and operate more efficiently.

This standard, ANSI/CEA-2045, provides a modular communications interface (MCI) enabling any product to connect to any type of demand response or demand optimization system. By encouraging manufacturers to build an MCI interface into their products that can accept a simple communications module, consumers and program managers are then free to select whatever communications solution works best for their particular environment.

e-Radio has been a supporter of the EPRI and CEA-2045 efforts from the very beginning and has participated in a number of field "plugfests" around the country (see list of events below). A plugfest is an event during which devices are tested for interoperability with emerging standards by physically connecting them. If systems are standards compliant then they should function as expected when they're "plugged" together.

These plugfests clearly demonstrate the superior performance and value of e-Radio's CEA-2045 product line.

The Advantages of e-Radio's solution:

  • e-Radio's DR technology enables consumer plug and play with virtually no installation steps: It just powers up, self-configures and is ready to receive information -- no truck roll is required.
  • It preserves privacy and leverages nation wide EXISTING infrastructure to speed up deployment NOW. Many in the industry acknowledge that they know of no other method as cost-effective and fast to deploy as this.
  • e-Radio's communications network covers over 95% of the US population right now with robust, redundant coverage that works well within any structure.
  • We and industry experts believe that the simplicity, proven performance and superior value of e-Radio's technology is the leading solution to address the consumer market for demand optimization avoiding potential privacy, medical, safety, interconnection and cost issues that challenge other offerings.

e-Radio CEA-2045 product characteristics:

  • AC and DC form factor currently in DOE TRL-5 and available for lab/limited field tests
  • Planned DOE TRL-6 (UL and FCC certified) AC form factor with and without WIFI hybrid module for field demonstration.
  • Large scale production of AC and DC upon field tests
  • e-Radio is working with broadcast, utility and device OEM partners to take this important step forward

e-Radio FM solves the challenge of optimizing consumer electricity demand by providing cost efficient, consumer friendly, secure, privacy-assured and self-configuring solutions. Turn it on and start using the e-Radio solution.

For more information contact e-Radio at admin@e-radioinc.com

e-Radio is a member of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP - www.sgip.org)


Plugfests showcasing e-Radio technology:

A sample of related field demos showcasing e-Radio technology, but with an interface other than CEA-2045 includes:

  • A December 2011 broadcaster demonstration in Washington, DC, using NPR station WAMU
  • Ongoing demos of connected hot water heaters and a SCADA connected unit near Indianapolis, IN using NPR station WFYI
  • A continuous field deployment of over 1000 FM RDS devices in southern Indiana using WUME-FM

Select list of past and present public and private stations w/ e-Radio projects as of Oct 2013:

  1. KUVO, Denver, CO, early datacasting demo(s) & technical testing
  2. KXJZ, KXPR, Sacramento, CA, CEC-SMUD pilot & demo(s)
  3. KQED, San Francisco, CA, CEC demo(s)
  4. KUSC, Los Angeles, CA, CEC-CAISO (2009)
  5. KPBS, San Diego, CA,
  6. WFPL, Louisville, KY, Appliance OEM developmental project
  7. WYPR, Baltimore, MD, Utility demo
  8. KEDT, Corpus Christi, TX, Direct Energy-AEP demo & pilot
  9. KUT, Austin, TX, Direct Energy-AEP demo
  10. WAMU, Washington, DC, Broadcaster demo
  11. WBHM, Birmingham, AL, EPRI-Southern CO demo
  12. KJZZ, Phoenix, AZ, EPRI-Grid Interop demo
  13. KNPR, Las Vegas, NV, CES 2012 demo
  14. WOSU, Columbus, OH, EPRI-AEP Dolan labs demo & potential pilot
  15. WUOT, Knoxville, TN, ERPI lab demo & potential pilot
  16. WVXU, Cincinnati, OH, EPRI-DUKE energy demo
  17. WFYI, Indianapolis, IN, Hoosier Energy pilot