Bringing IT and power engineers together to propose standards is challenging. Fostering actual collaborative development is even harder still. The solution is LF Energy, an open source initiative to grow and sustain open source in the energy and electricity sectors.

A vendor-neutral home, LF Energy focuses on building shared open source infrastructure to deliver unprecedented innovation in renewable energy, power electronics, electric mobility, and more.

LF Energy curates reusable components, open APIs and interfaces through project communities that the energy ecosystem can adopt into platforms and solutions. Building the plumbing upon a common infrastructure enables energy companies and solution providers to differentiate at higher value layers and services, while reducing cost and integration complexity at non-differentiating layers. As a result, power system providers will be empowered to achieve time to market, scale and efficiency much faster than ever before.

How LF Energy Works

  • Separates business and technical governance to preserve the best practices of open source collaboration, while providing access to industry requirements, feedback and resources.
  • Enables the energy sector to build, leverage, and contribute back to a community-managed open source digital energy stack.
  • Represents a diverse technical community that adopts projects with strong technical benefits and value to the LF Energy ecosystem and mission.
  • Creates an umbrella organization that hosts and nurtures individual open source technologies.
  • Supports and maintains multi-vendor collaboration and technology neutrality.
  • Encourages commercial adoption and production use of LF Energy software, which in turn often creates de facto platforms that enable interoperability and shared standards.
  • Accepts contributions based on technical merit.

LF Energy Business Benefits: Go Faster, Go Farther

LF Energy brings together power system vendors, system integrators, developers, and end users to solve complex, interconnected problems with resilient, secure and flexible open source software. LF Energy provides an ecosystem that nurtures synergies to accelerate our ability to meet the challenges of the energy transition.

LF Energy will leverage transparent, open source development best practices to efficiently scale, modernize and digitally transform the energy sector. LF Energy minimizes pain-points such as cybersecurity, interoperability, control, optimization, network function virtualization, and the digital orchestration and management of distributed energy resources (DER), energy efficiency, and demand response peripheral devices.

LF Energy Tech Sector Benefits

  • Build future-proof applications on an open source energy/power systems stack to speed product and service differentiation.
  • Increase quality and innovation with robust industry-agnostic technology.
  • Decrease total costs of ownership through a shared open source software that abstracts interoperability and enables integrated control systems and interconnection.
  • Decrease time to market, reduce the complexity of multi-vendor systems integration.
  • Avoid stranded investments, increase coordination and cooperation across end users, vendors, and service providers.
  • Benefit from a support ecosystem, enable a more diverse supply chain.
  • Leverage open source from other industries, build upon existing open source code libraries and expertise.

LF Energy Stakeholder Benefits

  • Utilities, aggregators, and grid operators can deploy solutions faster with the flexibility to dynamically adapt to changing business models; move beyond “black boxes” to ease systems integration; and drive digital transformation.
  • Hardware manufacturers can scale faster with an interoperable partner ecosystem and provide more robust security and system management.
  • Independent software vendors can benefit from interoperability with 3rd party applications and hardware in a common library of device drive without having to reinvent connectivity.
  • System integrators can deliver to market faster with scalable and modular plug-and-play components.
  • Sensor device manufacturers can write once using a shared SDK and get pull from all solution providers.