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Tendril Residential Energy Ecosystem (TREE)

02/06/2009


Tendril, a Colorado based smart grid start-up company, is a provider of demand-side power management technologies. The company's product, Tendril Residential Energy Ecosystem (TREE), is helping to bridge the gap between power companies' electrical systems and residential homes, by letting the two systems communicate with each other. TREE uses Zigbee based devices connected in an in-home smart grid system along with custom software to let the home network communicate with the utility company.

Tendril offers basic products that let home owners monitor their energy usage, to more advanced solutions that let the power companies communicate with in-home meters. To further the usage of their products, Tendril also offers an application programming interface (API) to their software and devices so that third party companies can develop software that can work with Tendril's products. This is the same concept that is used in software development and with Internet applications, and puts the company in a good position to benefit from the innovations of other companies. By offering an API and following the OpenADR standard, Tendril is simplifying the development of third party applications and shortening the time to market.

What sets Tendril apart from other companies is that it is focusing on the residential homeowner, not the utility companies. TREE allows homeowners to monitor and control their energy usage with a simple installation that they can perform themselves. Utility companies also benefit because it gives them greater insight into energy usage and flexibility with controlling usage.

For more information on Tendril, visit the Tendril website.