LFE is an open source initiative, focused on the power systems’ sector, overseen and hosted at The Linux Foundation. LFE provides a neutral, collaborative environment to build the digital foundations that enable the “electrification of everything to scale” to transform the world’s relationship to energy. The digitalization of power systems enables a renewable and distributed energy future where wind, solar, batteries, and hydro provide the electrification capacity that enables humanity to address climate change, the transition to fossil-free transportation, and the urbanization of world populations. Come join us.

Highlights

  • The Linux Foundation provides the electricity sector a neutral home for an electricity sector shared investment to address the open source, information and communication technology (ICT) components of renewable energy, electric vehicle, and grid modernization.
  • The Linux Foundation hosts many of the world’s most important open source projects, including the Linux kernel, Kubernetes cloud orchestrator, Cloud Foundry, Node.js platform, and many more. With hundreds of companies backing tens of thousands of active developers, The Linux Foundation projects harness the power of open source development to fuel innovation at unmatched speed and scale.
  • LFE is a hardware-agnostic, open source initiative enabling the sector to build, leverage, and contribute back to a community managed open source digital energy stack.
  • LFE mediates pain-points such as cyber-security, interoperability, interconnection, control, optimization, network function virtualization, and the digital orchestration and management of distributed energy resources (DER), energy efficiency, and demand response peripheral devices.

What Does the The Energy Transition Really Mean?

That is the multi-trillion dollar question upon which the future of our economies and our planet rest. Power systems globally are facing a profound shift from centralized to distributed. The cost of renewable energy is dropping to net zero after capital investment. The business case is irrefutable, yet the challenges to implement at scale are enormous and extend well beyond our current proof of concept environments; each incremental 5%-10% will require focused collaborative efforts.

Fundamentally, this change is a shift from a grid type architecture to a system of system. We are building something more akin to the Internet of Energy (IoE). What we are missing from the stack is the power systems specific shared digital plumbing that can ensure communications between systems while facilitating interoperability and scaling. Currently, the transition to distributed energy resources is heavily fragmented, with multiple proprietary stacks that slow adoption, scaling, and integration, ultimately constraining the pace of innovation. Tracking the innovation cycles of other industries, the future of digitalization and electrification will be a system of systems with a foundation based on shared investment.

The critical task of LF Energy is to build the interfaces and touch points between these various systems. The old system was built with a point to point framework. Now we need a many to many architecture and communication framework. That’s the whole of the new energy paradigm – profoundly distributed energy renewable resources that are orchestrated to provide constant and reliable electricity. Whether at the transmission to generation level or at the edge where communication and intelligence between energy devices is happening. This is a complex vision with an elegant digital communication layer between systems. This digital communication layers is where LF Energy as a collaborative, interdependent ecosystem can be of profound importance. We are following a clearly marked path that other industries in the midst of digital transformation have traveled; open source infrastructure allows innovation to happen rapidly and at a global scale.

The vision of LF Energy is to host, in a neutral environment, a multitude of projects that provide the shared communications layer between systems. The energy transition is a distributed computing paradigm in which computation is largely or completely performed on distributed energy resources that are device nodes with milliseconds to seconds of latency. There is a strong market opportunity for enabling the communication layers to be standardized to facilitate faster integration and more rapid scaling of distributed energy resources.

We have a short period of time to reduce carbon from our economies. LF Energy is a host to the applications and seed code for numerous use cases that represent the meeting of systems – from the electricity socket to the meter, to the generation, distribution, and transmission systems that will create flexible yet reliable energy world wide.

LF Energy is currently finalizing its processes for project proposal and submission. Learn more about the current and future LF Energy Projects.