Six new organizations have joined to support the foundation’s 25 projects, adding eight million new lines of code from nearly 8,000 commits in one year
BILBAO, Spain, September 19, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Open Source Summit Europe — LF Energy, the open source foundation focused on harnessing the power of collaborative software and hardware technologies to decarbonize our global economies, announces recent momentum including five new members, six major software releases, three research reports and participation in multiple industry events. These announcements demonstrate the growing community commitment to LF Energy and its mission to create a technology ecosystem to support rapid decarbonization.
“Open source is experiencing tremendous momentum in the energy sector after years of innovation,” he says Arpit JoshipuraInterim Executive Director, LF Energy: “Software, community, projects and deployments are all experiencing growth. In the last twelve months alone, LF Energy has seen a 1.25x increase in the number of projects hosted, a 23% increase in the number unique contributors, a 15% increase in the number of lines committed and an 8% increase in the number of lines of code added for unique commits, bringing the total number of lines of code to 114 million. This progress cannot happen fast enough if we meet the ambitious to achieve decarbonisation targets set by national and international bodies.”
Educating the energy sector
LF Energy recently released three new research reports to help energy sector stakeholders better understand the state of the energy transition and the role open source can play:
- The 2023 Energy Transformation Readiness Survey provides survey-based insights into the digitalization of the energy sector through open source. Key findings are that 76% of energy stakeholders surveyed report that their organization has a clear strategic plan for digitalization and that they have already started implementing it. Additionally, 64% of energy stakeholders use open source software more than closed source, although a majority (43%) believe that consensus in the energy sector is still key to increasing OSS adoption.
- The Open Source Opportunity for Microgrids: Five Ways to Drive Innovation and Overcome Market Barriers for Energy Resilience informs readers about microgrids – groups of distributed energy resources designed to improve energy resilience, with the ability to operate as part of a larger electrical grid, or individually as an island. The report highlights the current state of the microgrid market and explores the potential of open source technology to accelerate microgrid adoption worldwide.
- The open source sustainability ecosystem provides qualitative and quantitative insights into the open source sustainability project landscape, identifying the projects with the greatest impact, as well as gaps that energy sector stakeholders should seek to fill. After analyzing the open source sustainability ecosystem, the report then makes more than twenty recommendations for effectively supporting and building capacity for open source sustainability.
Communicating with a new audience
LF Energy hosted two events in June to provide opportunities for the community to share knowledge, best practices and collaborate on how to accelerate innovation in the energy sector:
- An LF Energy Summit took place June 1-2 in Paris, hosted at RTE headquarters with sponsorship support from Google and Savoir-faire Linux. More than 250 individuals representing more than 150 organizations from 34 countries attended to learn how LF Energy and its projects are working together to develop new technologies to enable the rapid introduction of clean energy sources, deployment of electrification infrastructure, load balancing and interoperability to guarantee. Videos of all sessions are available free entrance.
- The LF Energy Embedded Summit took place June 30th in Prague as part of the broader Embedded Open Source Summit. Hundreds of embedded developers and other stakeholders gathered for a discussion on how IoT and other hardware can accelerate the energy transition and drive decarbonization. Videos of sessions from this event are also available free entrance.
In addition, LF Energy members presented several sessions at SustainabilityCon at Open Source Summit North America in May Vancouverand will present a another five sessions this week at Open Source Summit Europe. LF Energy members and projects have also presented at events such as CIRED, MOVE and OpenUK’s Open Technology for Sustainability Day in recent months.
LF Energy’s EVerest project, which develops and maintains an open source software stack for EV charging infrastructure, will organize a summit on 5th of October at the PIONIX office in Bad Schönborn, Germany.
Individual projects continue to innovate
Six LF Energy projects have released major software releases in recent months:
- Arras, a tool for the development and implementation of technology for the integration of smart grids and renewable energy sources, has been officially transferred to LF Energy with the release of HiPAS GridLAB-D version 4.3.1 (chiba-1). The release includes support for new use cases; a new fire hazard instrument; detection capabilities for voltage, current and power flow violations; and new support for historical, current and forecast weather.
- Flex measures, an intelligent and developer-friendly energy management system to support real-time energy flexibility apps, fast and scalable, has released version 0.1 of the new FlexMeasures client. The FlexMeasures client bundles the key interactions needed to use FlexMeasures effectively in one place.
- OperatorFabric is a modular, expandable, industrial and field-tested platform for system administrators. Versions 3.15.0 And 3.15.1 were recently released and added new features, including the ability to better detect connection loss, as well as bug fixes.
- Electricity grid modela powerful library for analysis of stable distribution systems, has released version 1.5.0 with new features including short circuit calculations according to the IEC60909 standard.
- PowSyBlan open source library dedicated to power grid modeling and simulation, has completed its latest release series and added new features such as asymmetric load and line extensions, basic implementation of asymmetric AC load current and more.
- RTDIPwhich provides easy access to large-scale, historical and real-time process data for analytical applications, engineers and data scientists wherever they are, conducted experiments to see how generative AI can help query structured data, now available in RTDIP SDK v0 .5.0.
LF Energy CoMPAS cleans up the IEC 61850 data model
The CoMPAS software tool developed by LF Energy has deployed for the Real Time Interface (RTI) project initiated by grid operators and market parties The Netherlands. The RTI aims to enable grid operators to limit power generation by customers to address capacity constraints on the electricity grid. RTI encountered a significant challenge in the form of an IEC 61850 data model that contained a significant amount of unnecessary data objects and information. CoMPAS was deployed to address the challenges associated with the IEC 61850 data model. The tool’s intuitive interface and built-in validation features enabled efficient data model cleaning, speeding up the overall development process. The accessibility of CoMPAS, even for users with limited expertise in the IEC 61850 protocol, simplified the validation and optimization tasks, resulting in faster progress.
LF Energy approaches 75 members with six new additions
In an important sign of LF Energy’s growth, five new members have joined the foundation. d-fine has joined LF Energy as a general member. CRESYM, EDSN, Open climate fix, Trusted Computer GroupAnd WattTime have joined as associate members. Members of LF Energy provide funding and resources to support the foundation’s mission: building a unified approach to developing non-differentiating code that can enable utilities, grid operators, electric vehicle manufacturers, energy efficiency companies and others to develop technologies to develop and implement to transform the energy sector.
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The first initiative of its kind, LF Energy provides a 21st century action plan to solve climate change through open frameworks, reference architectures and a supportive ecosystem of complementary projects. Strategic members include Alliander, Google, Microsoft, RTE and Shell, in addition to more than 50 general and associate members from energy, technology, academia and government. More information can be found here: https://www.lfenergy.org
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