Each year, PNNL celebrates excellence with the Laboratory Director's Science and Engineering Achievement Awards. The 2017 Award for Exceptional Team Achievement in Science & Technology went to PNNL's VOLTTRON™ team.
Rocky Mountain Institute's James Mandel and Chris McClurg write that building controls are "moving in the right" direction with developments such as VOLTTRON.
VOLTTRON 4.1 upgrades the platform to add aliases and new scripts and commands. VOLTTRON Central was upgraded to add a Device Configuration UI. Historians and drivers were also improved, and new core agents were added.
PNNL has released an update to the report on VOLTTRON security features. The report describes how the VOLTTRON philosophy 1) secures the external interfaces of the platform, 2) secures the inner workings of the platform, 3) secures the interface between the platform and underlying operating systems, 4) secures the underlying operating system and reduces the attack surface, and 5) recommends security requirements for underlying hardware. It also outlines the threat model and identifies best practices for securing building control networks.
Ken Sinclair describes VOLTTRON and the history behind the name.
Article highlights University of Toledo and Case Western University use of VOLTTRON as part of the Clean Energy and Transactive Campus project, led by PNNL.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory director, Steven Ashby, pens Thanksgiving-themed article that highlights VOLTTRON.
Applications and commands have been broken out, the Configuration Store was updated for dynamic updates to agent configurations, and the VOLTTRON configuration wizard allows for more agent setups.
The Rochester Institute of Technology recaps the VOLTTRON-using project developed by Lourdes Gutierrez and Priyank Kapadia.
GeekWire's Clare McGrane captures the technologies developed as part of the DOE/PNNL Connected Buildings Challenge. Teams used VOLTTRON to create innovative IoT solutions to increase building and/or home energy efficiency.