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Linux Foundation Energy Announces New Events, Projects, and Initiatives to Accelerate the Energy Transition in 2023

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New projects include solutions for power system simulations, integrated data operations, and historical and real-time process data for analytics, joining nearly 20 existing projects to be showcased at LF Energy Summit in June

San Francisco, CA – FEBRUARY 2, 2023 – LF Energy, the open source foundation focused on harnessing the power of collaborative software and hardware technologies to decarbonize our global economies, is pleased to announce recent momentum and plans for 2023 including a new member, several new projects, updates to existing projects, and four events to bring together stakeholders building important technologies to drive the energy transition.

LF Energy is sponsoring a variety of events in 2023 to bring the community together to collaborate and innovate on new technologies to speed digital transformation in the energy sector. These include:

  • LF Energy Summit – June 1-2, 2023, Paris, France. LF Energy Summit is returning to an in-person format after three years as a virtual-only event. The summit will gather members of the LF Energy community including foundation members, developers, vendors, utility end users and other energy industry stakeholders to learn about LF Energy and its projects as well as to collaborate and share best practices for developing and implementing open source technologies and standards in the power sector. Speaking proposals are due by February 17.
  • SustainabilityCon at Open Source Summit North America – May 10-12, 2023, Vancouver, Canada. This all new event will gather developers, technologists, sustainability leaders and anyone working on technological solutions to decarbonize the global economy, mitigate and address the impacts of climate change, and build a more sustainable future. SustainabilityCon provides a forum to drive open source innovation in energy efficiency and interoperability and clean development practices within industries ranging from manufacturing to agriculture and beyond through collaboration and learning within the community. Speaking proposals are due by February 5.
  • LF Energy Embedded Summit at Embedded Open Source Summit – June 30, 2023, Prague, Czechia. All new for 2023, LF Energy Embedded Summit will gather embedded developers with stakeholders from the energy sector for a discussion of how IoT and other hardware can accelerate the energy transition and drive decarbonization. Speaking proposals are due by February 10.
  • SustainabilityCon at Open Source Summit Europe – September 19-21, 2023, Bilbao, Spain. This is the European version of the SustainabilityCon event listed above. Information on speaking proposals will be made available in the coming weeks.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for LF Energy Summit through March 17.

In terms of growth of LF Energy, Atos has joined LF Energy as a General Member. LF Energy members provide funding and resources to support the foundation’s mission of building a unified approach to developing non-differentiating code that can enable utilities, grid operators, electric vehicle makers, energy saving companies and others to develop and implement technologies to transform the power sector.

In pursuit of that mission, LF Energy is also announcing three new open source software projects have launched under its umbrella:

  • Dynawo, originally developed by RTE, is an hybrid C++/Modelica open source suite of simulation tools for power systems. It aims at providing power system stakeholders with a transparent, flexible, interoperable and robust suite of simulation tools that could ease collaboration and cooperation in the power system community.
  • OpenFIDO, which stands for the “Open Framework for Integrated Data Operations”, aims to enable and support the commercial use of the US Department of Energy’s GridLAB-D technology – hosted as Arras at LF Energy – by utilities, researchers, and vendors of smart grid, renewable energy, and climate-change mitigation technology with special attention to electric energy delivery systems.
  • Real Time Data Ingestion Platform (RTDIP), originally developed at Shell, aims to provide easy access to high-volume, historical and real-time process data for analytics applications, engineers, and data scientists wherever they are.

To support all LF Energy projects and digital transformation in the energy sector, Bryce Bartmann, Chief Digital Technology Advisor at Shell, has joined the LF Energy governing board. Bartmann’s expertise in energy systems will be a boon for LF Energy’s projects and communities.

“LF Energy closed out 2022 strongly, with a doubling of our membership, new projects, new contributors, and continued advancement and innovation within existing projects,” said Linux Foundation General Manager, Arpit Joshipura. “This events strategy will enable us to continue that growth while supporting our existing projects and communities. We are optimistic at the prospects for 2023 as urgency increases around the energy transition and developing the technologies necessary to achieve decarbonization goals.”

LF Energy Resources

About LF Energy

A first-of-its-kind initiative, LF Energy provides a 21st century plan of action to solve climate change through open frameworks, reference architectures and a support ecosystem of complementary projects. In addition to the new members, Strategic Members include Alliander, Google, Microsoft, RTE and Shell, in addition to over 50 General and Associate Members from across the energy industry, technology, academia, and government.  Find further information here: https://www.lfenergy.org 

Learn the Basics of CoMPAS With These Free Tutorials

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CoMPAS (Configuration Modules for Power industry Automation Systems), which is a part of LF Energy’s Digital Substation Automation Systems (DSAS) initiative, aims 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).

Jakob Vogelsang of Alliander has recorded a series of nine tutorials to help new users get started with CoMPAS. These cover what CoMPAS OpenSCD is, substation functions, creating logical nodes, and much more. Check them out and start taking advantage of CoMPAS’ capabilities within your organization.

CoMPAS Community Gathers to Collaborate and Advance the Project

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CoMPAS is a part of LF Energy’s Digital Substation Automation Systems (DSAS) initiative. 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).

On January 24-25, the CoMPAS community gathered in Frankfurt, Germany for an in-person meetup. Topics discussed included the goals and objectives of CoMPAS and the related OpenSCD project, the project roadmap, technical architecture, and plan to grow the community. 

The attendees agreed this was a productive meeting which provided all community members good insight into progress towards achieving the project’s goals. The group took time to analyze current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to the project community, and to define a clear vision moving forward. As is often the case, by gathering in person, individuals who have worked together remotely on this project for months or even years were able to get to know one another better, which will improve collaboration and innovation in the days ahead.

We encourage more developers and utilities to investigate CoMPAS and get involved in the community! The code is hosted on GitHub, there is an active and open mailing list for community discussions, and detailed documentation is available. 

If you like to try CoMPAS; Just to go https://demo.compas.energy. Please be aware that the database behind CoMPAS is shared with all users. Like to talk to us? Join one of the CoMPAS community calls. The next one is on 6th February.

OperatorFabric 3.12.0.RELEASE is Now Available

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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. The project has just been updated to release version 3.12.0 with a number of bug fixes and new features.

Migration from 3.11.x

See Migration Guide from release 3.11.x to release 3.12.0

Features

  • #3717 : Add business logs
  • #3731 : Do not show unacknowledgment button when ack is at the entity level
  • #3776 : Add in archives footer card detail the entity recipients
  • #3768 : Search filter in the Card Feed
  • #3884 : Add an option to have no keepAlive for connections to external devices
  • #3888 : Open only one connection to a physical external device
  • #3793 : Logging: add search filters on title and summary columns
  • #3762 : Automatic deletion of cards after an expiration date time has been reached
  • #3959 : Map the JWT custom name field to the family_name field
  • #3618 : Disabled the pop up button if no entities are selected when responding to a card
  • #3627 : Added the pop up text when hovering the response arrow in the monitoring feed
  • #4006 : Add a permission mechanism
  • #4008 : Set autofocus on OK button in admin confirmation popups
  • #3773 : New reminder feature using RFC 5545 recurrence structure
  • #4063 : Do not show menu when user has not the good permission

Bugs

  • #3829 : Monitoring : wrong label in multiselect for service when process groups not totally configured
  • #3800 : Monitoring : message when no result should be like the one for archives and logging pages
  • #3818 : Admin screens, dots after edit button
  • #3824 : Pinned cards : error log in console with reduced view
  • #3752 : Entity acknowledgment should mark the card as acknowledged for all users of the entity
  • #3831 : Problem with “active from/to” and “publish from/to” dates in archives/logging screens
  • #3854 : Cannot add user external device config when slow network
  • #3825 : The arrow from the grouped cards symbol would appear even though there are no grouped cards due to the filter settings.
  • #3950 : Fix reset button does not clear tags filter in Archives page
  • #3848 : Deeplink iFrame link bug
  • #3375 : Lock answer in archived cards detail
  • #4062 : Fix error in console when opening card with no childs from Archives screen
  • #4087 : Admin users : field “authorizedIPAddresses” not taken into account

Tasks

  • #3931 : Archives: fetch archived cards using ArchivedCardsFilter
  • #3915 : External app : changing the type of the returned object
  • #3628 : Removed padding on column headers for the loggings screen
  • #3911 : Update dependency chart.js to v4
  • #3993 : Add a new example for getting started
  • #4002 : Upgrade Keycloak and MongoDB
  • #2730 : Remove deprecated method templateGateway.getSpecificCardInformation()

More information can be viewed in the release notes.

Call for Proposals Open for LF Energy Embedded Summit Through Feb 10!

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LF Energy Embedded Summit is a new event taking place alongside the all new Embedded Open Source Summit in Prague this June. Speaking proposals are being accepted through February 10 on topics including:

  • Clean Electrification (i.e Clean Hydrogen)
  • Demand Response
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
  • Energy Metering and Measuring Systems
  • Energy Tracking and Attributes
  • Load Forecasting
  • Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV)
  • Microgrid Controllers
  • Power System Automation
  • Scheduling Energy Consumption
  • And more!

Submit your proposal today!

Video: More Real-Life Applications Of LF Energy Solutions This Year | 2023 Predictions – Dr. Antonello Monti, RWTH Aachen

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Linux Foundation Energy aka LF Energy is an open-source initiative that supports multi-vendor cooperation in the energy and electricity sectors. The goal is to speed up the process of energy digitalization. In this episode of 2023 Predictions, Antonello Monti who serves at the Technical Advisory Council (TAC) Chair for LF Energy, shares his thoughts on what will happen in the industry this new year.

In 2023, Monti predicts: More real-life application of LF Energy solutions, i.e., the projects have matured enough to deliver concrete results The possibility of opening a data economy in the energy sector Stable growth for LF Energy. This year, LF Energy will focus on building a coherent full picture, ensuring that the different projects harmonize with each other. Companies will need to: Understand and find a different way to approach the energy crisis, which has impacted Europe the most. Adopt digital solutions if they want to utilize renewables, which is experiencing massive growth.

Video: Open Source Collaboration in the Energy Sector: A Force for Good

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Climate change is a real emergency that needs immediate action. The energy sector is at the center of this change because energy makes everything else run. Utilities produce and distribute energy, so they can be mobilized to immediately reduce the impact on the environment. In this episode of TFiR: State of Energy, Swapnil Bhartiya sits down with Jean-Michel Glachant, Director of the Florence School of Regulation, to talk about the recent LF Energy Report as well as his insights into where the energy sector is headed.

Speak at LF Energy Summit! Proposals due Feb 17

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LF Energy Summit is coming to Paris June 1-2, and we are seeking speaking proposals. This event is the place to drive open source technology innovation in pursuit of deep decarbonization. The summit will gather members of the LF Energy community including foundation members, developers, vendors, utility end users and other energy industry stakeholders to learn about LF Energy and its projects as well as to collaborate and share best practices for developing and implementing open source technologies and standards in the power sector. This is your opportunity to share your knowledge with the community and help advance open source technologies to drive decarbonization.

Proposals, which are due by February 17, are being accepted for session types including:

  • Session Presentation (typically 30-40 minutes in length)
  • Panel Discussion (typically 30-40 minutes in length)
  • Birds of a Feather (typically 45-60 minutes in length)
  • Lightning Talk (typically 5-10 minutes in length)
  • Tutorial (typically 1.5-2 hours in length)

Topics can include anything related to LF Energy projects as well as open source in the energy sector generally. Sample topics include:

  • Carbon Measurement/Accounting
  • Clean Electrification (i.e Clean Hydrogen)
  • Demand Response
  • Demos/Overviews of LF Energy Projects
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
  • Energy Metering and Measuring Systems
  • Energy Tracking and Attributes
  • Load Forecasting
  • Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV)
  • Microgrid Controllers
  • Power System Automation
  • Scheduling Energy Consumption

Submit your proposal today!

New Report Explores How Networking Technologies are Necessary for Decarbonization

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A new report from Dell and Intel entitled “Remarkable energy starts at the edge” explores how “edge computing and 5G can help decarbonize power networks”. At LF Energy, we have always believed that these technologies would be essential to the energy transition and accelerating decarbonization, as demonstrated by our FledgePOWER project, a multi-protocol translation gateway for power systems based on the industrial IoT project Fledge from our sister organization, LF Edge.

The new report emphasizes “how 5G networks and data-driven power grids can combine IT agility and Operational Technology (OT) to deliver sustainable power to an energy-hungry world.” Energy stakeholders are coming to understand that the energy transition represents a wholesale shift in the way power is generated, transmitted, distributed, and used. The future will no longer be centralized power plants sending energy to the grid to be consumed, but instead a two-way system with power being generated and consumed in a distributed fashion. Generation will be distributed, and load balancing will become increasingly difficult as generation and consumption will not always be in sync. Managing this new paradigm requires changes to both IT and OT, including “sophisticated data-driven autonomous systems at the edge of our networks to minimize the carbon intensity of consumed energy.”

LF Energy is already working on many of the technologies required, from improved smart metering standards to reference frameworks for EV charging infrastructure to demand forecasting and more. The Dell/Intel report corroborates these efforts, and further examines how 5G and edge technologies will support them.

Learn more about how to get involved in the work LF Energy is doing in this space.