LF Energy brings open source project developers together

The Paris summit in November will discuss how IT solutions can drive the decarbonisation of the energy sector.
Published: Wed 25 Sep 2019

The Linux Foundation’s open source initiative LF Energy is gathering experts in technology and energy at the headquarters of the French system operator RTE in November to discuss how the electricity industry can reach 100% decarbonisation by 2050.

Open source software has already revolutionised the telecoms sector, resulting in much lower costs for long distance calling. LF Energy executive director Dr Shuli Goodman is hoping the same can be done for the utilities sector, and members will share their experience so far at the event NOW TO NEXT - The Power of Together in Paris on 4-5th November. Speakers include IEA, RTE, Comcast and Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

"Climate models suggest that 94% of our decarbonisation can occur through transforming our energy and transportation systems as we move toward fossil-free electrification,” Goodman says. “Attendees at NOW TO NEXT will learn how to do this through a leveraged development model and a collaborative ecosystem-based on open-source technology. We want them to walk away with usable tools and access to a neutral global support community.”

"Meeting the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 will require the entire energy industry to work together in a way it never has before, and the collaborative development model pioneered by the open source community is the best way to do that," says RTE's open source programme director Lucian Balea. "RTE has been proud to support LF Energy since its inception to serve as a neutral home for new technologies that benefit us all. We are thrilled to see membership continue to grow as more energy researchers, producers, suppliers, vendors and others come together and work in concert to advance technologies that can help reduce carbon emissions.”

LF Energy members span 11 countries so far and include system operators, IT solution providers and academics such as Energinet, TenneT, Alliander, Elering, IBM, Recurve, Stanford University, OSISoft, Unicorn, Root9B, with more to be announced soon. The group is already hosting several projects including EM2, OpenEEMeter and OEDI.

  • The Energy Market Methods Consortium (EM2) is designing standards to quantify energy flexibility at both the meter and the grid, and for ensuring customer privacy when using smart meter data. The project is contributed by Recurve, formerly Open Energy Efficiency.
  • OpenEEmeter is an open-source engine focused on quantifying changes in energy consumption and providing standards for enabling behind-the-meter flexibility in building as a grid resource. This is also contributed by Recurve, formerly Open Energy Efficiency.  
  • The Open Energy Data Initiative, which focuses on building open data connections to high-value federal datasets to better enable analysis and computation, contributed by the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Beyond these projects and others LF Energy is working on, new initiatives include several interconnected projects at the digital substation. Planned projects will disaggregate and virtualize the substation bus utilising open source to drive costs down, accelerate innovation at the edge of high, medium, and low voltage networks, and vastly increase the capacity for data consumption to rapidly increase on-boarding of distributed energy resources. End-user working groups are exploring distributed edge control, asset monitoring, complementary SCADA, and predictive maintenance. Other projects coming into LF Energy in late 2019 into early 2020 include a secure consent management implementation, and several blockchain applications that address grid balancing, trust, and energy fuels certification.

Projects will meet in Paris for a complimentary working day on 6th November. To sign up for the summit click here: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/lfenergysummit2019.