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Open Source for Energy Transition

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Going with renewable power sources is not the only way to make the grid greener. Adopting open source technologies can also contribute to mitigating climate change. In this Power Up podcast, we discuss open source innovation in the energy and electricity sectors with Shuli Goodman, founder and executive director of LF Energy, a Linux Foundation project.


Microsoft joins grid decarbonization effort from Linux Foundation nonprofit

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Microsoft has joined forces with LF Energy, a Linux Foundation nonprofit working to accelerate the energy transition of the world’s grids and transportation systems through open source.

Microsoft has become a strategic member of the foundation, and Audrey Lee, senior director of energy strategy at Microsoft, was elected to serve on the LF Energy Foundation Governing Board.


How open source software could revamp the aging electrical grid

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The Biden administration is pushing to turbocharge the U.S. shift from fossil fuels to cleaner energy as part of its massive infrastructure upgrade and battle against climate change.

Modernizing the aging U.S. electrical grid needs to be part of this push — and new thinking, investment and innovation must be part of the plan.

To date, the U.S. has over 10,000 power plants, more than 642,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines and 6.3 million more miles of distribution lines. 


Linux Foundation Energy’s Executive Director, Dr. Shuli Goodman, On Decarbonization At The Electron Level

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I recetly had the pleasure of chatting with Dr. Shuli Goodman, the executive director of Linux Foundation Energy (LF Energy). The conversation was educational for me and it’s exciting to see how The Linux Foundation is doing its part in helping to decarbonize our world. Shuli’s background is in innovation theory and in the adoption and diffusion of innovation. Before explaining what LF Energy does, Shuli told me that she agreed with Elon Musk’s take on building the future


Modular Substation Market worth USD 26.85 Billion by 2027, registering a CAGR of 9.05% – Report by Market Research Future (MRFR)

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New York, Aug. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Modular Substation Market Overview: According to a comprehensive research report by Market Research Future (MRFR), “Modular Substation Market Research Report, Voltage, Type, Insulation Type, Application and Region – Forecast till 2027” the size is projected to be worth USD 26.85 Billion by 2027, registering a CAGR of 9.05% during the forecast period (2021 – 2027), The market was valued at USD 16.12 billion in 2020.


ZEDEDA Collaborates with Google and Others To Modernize Critical Infrastructure

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It is no secret that the electric grid in the U.S. (and other countries) is not only fragile but failing. For example, extreme weather in Texas earlier shut down millions of homes and businesses.

As the U.S. Congress accelerates the negotiations around a massive infrastructure bill, which as part of the economic recovery could be as large as $2 trillion, it is mission-critical to upgrade the American power grid as a fundamental part of supporting the growth of manufacturing and industrial innovation, advancement of smart cities and schools, and delivering broadband and other services to rural communities.


Defining Future Power Grids with Open Source Software

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If a Linux Foundation effort succeeds, the next-generation power grid will be based on open source tools using commodity software and hardware. That software-defined approach is promoted as encouraging joint development and investment while helping to pry open the black boxes that underpin today’s decidedly closed and overburdened power grids.

The foundation’s power initiative, LF Energy, seeks to apply open-source principles that have transformed other industries to the monolithic and moribund electricity generation and transmission sector.

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LF Energy Architecture Principles: Version 1.0

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LF Energy Architecture Principles 

Version 1.0 of the LF Energy Architecture Principles was recently released by a group of ten industry experts! 

The team of individuals leading this effort seek to provide a consistent and measurable level of quality to guide decision-making for LF Energy governance and technical communities. 

LF Energy Architecture Principles

Below you will find a brief overview of the four principles intended to guide the evolution and growth of the technical community within LF Energy.  For full details on the principles please visit the LF Energy Wiki. 

Principle #1: Interoperability by default

This principle encourages the technical community to design and engineer for easy integration which will enable easier adoption and grow the community at a rapid pace.  

Principle #2: Resilience by design

The second principle is resilience by design meaning design and engineer for continuous availability. The energy transition leads to an increased share of renewable energy sources, resulting in more volatile and unpredictable power systems. This requires real-time situational awareness with minimal service interruptions.

Principle #3: Simplify by design

The third principle is simplify by design. Simple architectures are easier to communicate, build, deploy, operate, and evolve thus requiring lower costs thus design and engineer for simplicity. 

Principle #4: Security and safety by design

The fourth and final principle is security and safety by design. Security and safety must be a top priority from the start and cannot be bolted on afterwards. Benefits of secure and safe design include protection of you and your customers’ businesses, protection of personal information, work safety for employees and customers, and confidence in your solutions. 

Learn more about the LF Energy Principles here.

LF Energy Newsletter: May 2021

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The US Executive Order on Cybersecurity and the LF Energy Foundation

Security of our global power grid is of utmost importance to the energy industry and for the function of our society as a whole. Recent events such as the Colonial Pipeline ransomware cyberattack and the SolarWinds attack have shown the importance of being able to secure both the infrastructure and the supply chain of the software powering the grid. Assurance that our open-source projects are built with the most advanced and transparent cyber-security processes and tools in mind is of utmost importance to LF Energy and the Linux Foundation as we globally move towards an increasingly digital and distributed power system.   LF Energy Foundation recognizes the adoption of open source in the energy sector requires attention to security practices and policies. Learn more about how LF Energy projects are fulfilling the requirements outlined in the Executive Order here, through Software Bill of Materials (SBOMs), code lineage and provenance, dependency management, and maintaining best practices in security management.
We Take Security Seriously
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LF Energy Guiding PrinciplesThe LF Energy community has been working diligently to build the LF Energy Guiding Principles, which intend to guide the evolution and growth of the technical community and the ecosystem over time. Special thanks to everyone who participated in crafting these principles.
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Daniel Lazaro, AVEVA
Jonas van den Bogaard, Alliander
Sander Janson, Alliander
Fedder Skovgaard, Energinet Gianluca Dianese, IDEASFORUM hub
Juanjo Hierro, FIWARE Foundation 
Lene Olsen, Energinet 
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PowSyBl Achieves CII Best Practices BadgeLF Energy project, PowSyBl, is proud to announce they have achieved the CII Best Practices Badge! PowSyBl is an open source system dedicated to providing electrical grid models, simulation, and grid analysis. It helps in writing and providing software that could be used in analysis and power system simulation.   
LF Energy Spring Summit 2021In April, we hosted the LF Energy Spring Summit, which delivered incredible content value for attendees by featuring 34 breakout sessions, four keynotes, two industry expert panels, and interactive discussions and Q&A with speakers. Featured topics included Microgrids, Power System Network Operations for the Future, and Price-Based Grid Coordination with LF Energy project highlights among others. Session recordings are now available on the LF Energy YouTube Channel.
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Creating software-defined energy systems

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Developing an open source strategy for grid transformation could be an essential step in mitigating how the U.S. creates and distributes power from wind and other renewables.

With the Biden administration’s ambitious plans to ramp up offshore wind production, along with a multi-trillion-dollar plan to boost the country’s infrastructure, it becomes all the more important that essential software and computing power are accessible to help aid in the creation of new methods to build, maintain, and operate this massive undertaking. To that end, the people behind LF Energy and The Linux Foundation are hard at work to ensure the Linux kernel is protected and available to all.

Read more: Creating software-defined energy systems | Wind Systems Magazine