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LF Energy Spring Summit 2021 Event Summary

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LF Energy (LFE) hosted the LF Energy Spring Summit on April 14, 2021, and it received overwhelmingly positive feedback from attendees. LF Energy, an umbrella foundation of the Linux Foundation, brings together stakeholders to solve the complex, interconnected problems associated with the decarbonization of energy and sector coupling through neutral governance, an open, collaborative community, and using resilient, secure, and flexible open source software. 

The LF Energy Spring Summit 2021 drew nearly 225 virtual attendees from 28 countries. Of the 194 registrants who accessed the event platform, there was an 89% attendance rate with an average of just under six hours spent at the event. This attendance rate is well over the industry average for online, virtual events.

The audience gathered a mix of community professionals, with 49% of attendees in leadership or managerial roles. Just over 20% of attendees identified themselves as Individual Contributors, with nearly 21% Other and 10% Academic following. To encourage and increase the participation of a diverse community, LF Energy was proud to provide 11 Diversity Scholarships to support individuals who may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend Linux Foundation events.

Feedback from survey participants was extremely positive with 83% of respondents rating the overall event as Excellent or Great.

The LF Energy Spring Summit 2021 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. To see videos from the Summit, visit the Summit playlist on the LF Energy YouTube Channel.

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Alliander and It’s Open Source Mission

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Guest Author: Judith Scheperboer-Bol of Alliander

“By building an open source ecosystem, we contribute to a digital and sustainable energy system of the future”

The world around us is changing rapidly, and we need each other’s knowledge and resources in order to keep on track. Alliander is driven by the social importance of keeping energy reliable, affordable and accessible for everyone. They also feel it is important to be conscientious about the costs associated with digitalization. That is why open source software is becoming increasingly important as we all face the challenges of the future. Sharing knowledge, time, energy, expertise, is the key to helping us all improve. 

Every time Alliander has cooperated with other parties through open source software, the benefit has been evident. The membership with LF Energy provides them with a platform where they find counterparts for their mission. Together, we are building an open source ecosystem, contributing to a digital and sustainable energy system of the future. Curious about what Alliander does and to what projects they contribute? You can read all about it at https://www.alliander.com/en/open-source/. Join us and collaborate!

Our collaborations in LF Energy

  • Grid eXchange Fabric (GXF) is a software platform that enables hardware monitoring and control in the public space. GXF provides several functions out of the box and provides scalability & high availability, high security, a generic design, and no vendor lock-in. GXF is currently deployed in several public use cases, including microgrids, smart metering, public lighting, and distribution automation.GXF is a project Alliander actively maintains.
  • IT-solutions such as visualisation, CI/CD and central configuration start to get increasingly important in substation automation. The primary goal of the CoMPAS project is to develop open source software components related to IEC 61850 model implementation, specifically for profile management and configuration of a power industry Protection Automation and Control System (PACS).Alliander actively contributes to CoMPAS.
  • OperatorFabric is a modular, extensible, industrial-strength, and field-tested platform for systems operators. OperatorFabric includes several features essential for electricity, water, and other utility operations.Alliander actively contributes to OperatorFabric.

The Smart Grid

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Maybe you have heard of the Smart Grid on the news or from your energy provider. But not everyone knows what the grid is, let alone the Smart Grid. “The grid,” refers to the electric grid, a network of transmission lines, substations, transformers and more that deliver electricity from the power plant to your home or business. It’s what you plug into when you flip on your light switch or power up your computer. Our current electric grid was built in the 1890s and improved upon as technology advanced through each decade. 

Source: https://www.smartgrid.gov/the_smart_grid/smart_grid.html

Open Source Strategy

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WHAT IS OPEN SOURCE?

Open source” means that the software code is publicly available so that anyone can contribute to the code base and create add-on extensions. This enables the growth of a market of providers that can offer hosting and add-on functionalities that can be utilized by all SEED Platform™ users. More information about open source principles can be found at the Open Source Initiative.

Source: https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/open-source-strategy

India’s hydro conflict: new issue of Future Power Technology out now

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In this issue: the battle over hydropower in India, Norway’s boom in European power exports, questioning Europe’s energy transition success, and more.

While India has historically embraced coal power, its recent moves to invest more heavily in hydrogen have created some optimism that the world’s fastest-growing economy will come to rely on more renewable power in the future. However, this push has been met with fierce opposition, from environmental groups pointing to the significant damage caused by such dams in the Himalayas, and dismay from Pakistan that India is looking to exploit waterways that run between the countries in order to exert control over its neighbour.

Source: https://www.power-technology.com/features/indias-hydro-conflict-new-issue-of-future-power-technology-out-now/

Linux Foundation Joins Hands With NGMN To Focus On End-to-End 5G And Beyond

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Linux Foundation and the Next Generation Mobile Network Alliance (NGMN) have signed an MoU for formal collaboration regarding end-to-end 5G and beyond.

Creating and providing open, scalable building blocks for operators and service providers is critical to the industry adoption of 5G and beyond. Therefore, the collaboration between NGMN and the Linux Foundation will focus on end-to-end 5G architecture and beyond 5G.

Source: https://www.tfir.io/linux-foundation-joins-hands-with-ngmn-to-focus-on-end-to-end-5g-and-beyond/

PowSyBl Has Achieved the CII Best Practices Badge

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LF 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. It can create simulations and analysis of various networks, and perform power flow simulations.  

The Linux Foundation Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) Best Practices badge is a way for Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects to show that they follow best practices (credit: https://bestpractices.coreinfrastructure.org/en). These best practices are based on practices of well-run OSS projects, increase the likelihood of better quality and security, and can be applied to any OSS project. 

The best practices focus on multiple areas of Open Source Software Projects:

  • Change control, for example: does the project have a Public version-control source repository?
  • Reporting, for example: does the project have a bug-reporting process?
  • Quality, for example: does the project have an automated test suite?
  • Security, for example: does the project use basic good cryptographic practices?
  • Analysis, for example: does the project use code analysis?

For more detailed information on PowSyBl’s CII Best Practices Badge, please visit: https://bestpractices.coreinfrastructure.org/en/projects?q=POWSYBL

LF Energy starts 2 initiatives to decarbonize Earth

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LF Energy announced yesterday two initiatives to accelerate its mission to decarbonize the world’s economies through software, collaboration, and leveraged development. One initiative is called SOGNO (Service-based Open-source Grid Automation Platform for Network Operation of the future) – a project creating plug-and-play, cloud-native microservices to implement the next generation of data-driven monitoring and control systems, the LF Energy said.

The second initiative is PSNO (Power System Network Operations) – an end-user, utility-driven working group that is defining an open-source strategy and approach to the “control room of the future,” it added. LF Energy is a Linux Foundation project seeking to speed up the energy transition of the world’s power and transportation systems through open-source technology.

Source: https://www.smartgridtoday.com/public/LF-Energy-starts-2-initiatives-to-decarbonize-Earth.cfm

Open Minds and Open Source: Linux Foundation LF Energy Introduces Two Initiatives Designed to Reduce Carbon and Shift to Sustainable Energy

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Building on its groundbreaking initiative, the Linux Foundation’s LF Energy announced it has introduced a Service-based Open-source Grid automation platform for Network Operation of the Future (SOGNO) and Power System Network Operations (PSNO) designed to advance energy automation and hardware virtualization.

The LF Energy project provides a 21st-century plan of action to solve climate change through open frameworks, reference architectures, and a support ecosystem of complementary projects, seeking to accelerate the energy transition of the world’s power and transportation systems through open-source technology.

Source: https://www.iotevolutionworld.com/iot/articles/448576-open-minds-open-source-linux-foundation-lf-energy.htm

New Initiative to Protect U.S. Electrical Grid From Cyberattacks: Feedback Friday

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) this week kicked off a 100-day plan whose goal is to improve the cybersecurity of electric utilities — specifically their industrial control systems (ICS) — and secure the energy sector supply chain.

The DOE, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the electricity industry are working together on this initiative, which focuses on encouraging the implementation of enhanced cybersecurity capabilities.

Source: https://www.securityweek.com/new-initiative-protect-us-electrical-grid-cyberattacks-feedback-friday