SunSpec Alliance Announces “SunSpec Interactive” Channel for Global Renewable Energy Engineering Collaboration

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SunSpec Utilizes Caltech’s EVO Collaboration Network to Provide High-Definition Video Conferencing Community for Renewable Energy

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With SunSpec Interactive's HD video conferencing community, physical distances and travel budgets no longer need to discourage renewable energy collaboration.

The SunSpec Alliance, an industry coalition formed to establish global interoperability among renewable energy system components and management systems, today announced the availability of its new SunSpec Interactive “channel”, an interactive HD video-conferencing community to help renewable energy engineers worldwide collaborate on standards-based technology development. The SunSpec Interactive is made possible by SunSpec Alliance’s partnership with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and EVOGH Inc., and is based on Caltech’s EVO Collaboration Network.

EVO-based SunSpec Interactive was developed to help overcome the physical barriers to collaboration that prevent many engineers from interacting with their peers worldwide. SunSpec Interactive is made available to all renewable energy engineers, and provides HD video conferencing abilities so that engineers can meet, interact with and help develop interoperable solutions with other engineers, regardless of location.

“The SunSpec Alliance was formed to develop open standards in order to accelerate the creation and deployment of renewable energy systems. With the introduction of our new SunSpec Interactive videoconferencing community, we are taking yet another step towards removing the barriers that prevent renewable energy engineers worldwide from working together on interoperable solutions,” said Tom Tansy, chairman of the SunSpec Alliance. “SunSpec Interactive takes advantage of Caltech’s revolutionary EVO Collaboration Network, and will become the premier online HD video-conferencing and collaboration community for the renewable industry. Physical distances and travel budgets no longer need to discourage renewable energy collaboration.”

On Wednesday, September 22 at 10:00 a.m. PDT, the SunSpec Alliance will be broadcasting the wrap-up session of the first ever SunSpec Plug Fest via SunSpec Interactive, live from the campus of Caltech in Pasadena, CA. All interested parties are encouraged to virtually join the SunSpec Plug Fest wrap up via SunSpec Interactive.

WHAT: SunSpec Plug Fest Wrap-Up Virtual Meeting via SunSpec Interactive
WHEN: Wednesday, September 22 at 10:00 a.m. PDT
WHERE: Virtual meeting via SunSpec Interactive, and re-broadcast at Solar Power International 2010 – SunSpec Alliance booth # 1074 in the West Hall
HOW: To join, sign up for a SunSpec Interactive account at http://evo.caltech.edu. Once registered, log in to the EVO network and go to “Search Communities”. Type in “SunSpec” (case sensitive), and join the community.

SunSpec Plug Fest is an event based on collaborative engineering to demonstrate interoperability of solar components and information systems using SunSpec standards. Leading manufacturers of inverters, meters, combiners, environmental systems, industrial computing and networking solutions will be demonstrating their efforts to deliver plug-and-play interoperability at Solar Power International 2010. Technical experts from SunSpec member companies will lead a discussion that will allow all participants to interact with them in full motion video via SunSpec Interactive.

If you would like to view the broadcast (and interact with other Alliance members), please join the SunSpec Alliance EVO community. There is absolutely no cost to join this interactive community or to
use the collaboration platform within this particular community. Even after the Plug Fest event, this platform will continue to be a valuable tool for members of the SunSpec Alliance to collaborate online. To participate, go to http://evo.caltech.edu and get an account on the EVO network. Launch the EVO client, then search for and join the "SunSpec" community (case sensitive). The SunSpec Alliance will also be re-broadcasting the Plug Fest wrap up at Solar Power International 2010 and will demonstrate the results of the interoperability testing. Please visit the SunSpec Alliance at booth #1074 in the West Hall.

To join the SunSpec Alliance, please visit http://www.sunspec.org/join/.

About EVO
EVO (Enabling Virtual Organizations) is a unique fourth-generation real-time videoconferencing and desktop sharing system technology developed at Caltech and exclusively licensed to EVOGH Inc. (http://www.evogh.com), a California Corporation, established to commercialize EVO technologies, which have been developed and funded under the auspices of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) over the last 15 years. EVO supports a wide variety of end systems including desktops, laptops, large and small conference rooms, auditoria and remote control rooms. It is in daily use by all the major worldwide experimental collaborations of the high energy physics community, and in several other scientific disciplines.

About SunSpec Alliance
The mission of the SunSpec Alliance is to dramatically accelerate the growth of the renewable energy market worldwide by standardizing data interfaces of energy system components. The SunSpec Alliance achieves its mission by defining open interface standards for renewable energy system components, thus enabling renewable energy systems to interact with information technology systems in a predictable and reliable manner. Membership in the SunSpec Alliance is open to corporations, non-profits, and individuals. For more information on the SunSpec Alliance charter and membership, please go to: http://www.sunspec.org.

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