The Linux foundation accounted the a new name for the Open Smart Grid Platform: Grid eXchange Fabric (GXF). More information can be found on their announcement. The name change is are result of joining LFenergy. Joining LFenergy is an new milestone in a more mature project with overseen by a well known foundation.
One of the wishes of the Open Smart Grid Platform project to create an independent foundation to facilitate the project and provide a neutral home.
Good news! This is happening with the Linux Foundation energy! It is made possible by Alliander joining the LF energy initiative earlier this year. The announcement was done during the LF energy global summit in Paris. Joining the LF energy will help in an independent positioning in the market. The marketing effort of LF energy can help to start more discussions about using/contributing the Open Smart Grid Platform project. The LF energy long open source experience can help to improve the project in the near future.
Check the LF energy website if you’re interested in joining the LF energy initiative or take a look at other energy related projects.
The Open Smart Grid Platform will be present at the LF energy summit 2019 in Paris next week. An event where utilities show how open source software can speed up their digital transition. Jonas van den Bogaard will pitch the Open Smart Grid Platform and Arjan Stam will dive into why Alliander decided to join LF energy.
Also, the Open Smart Grid Platform has a demo table at the project BIZAAR to discuss the project in more detail with whom is interested. The LF energy event provides a great opportunity to get in contact with other open source projects related to the Energy domain. The event will be specially relevant for TSOs, DSOs and related vendors.
Feel free to join the Event! You can register here and found out more:
As the new year enters, time for a recap of last year and an outlook for this year.
The Open Smart Grid Platform made good progress in fixing bugs en cleaning code last year. This resulted in an even more stable platform to build your application. The Open smart grid platform will continue to receive improvements including security updates.
More and more people are showing interest in the use/evaluation of the Open Smart Grid Platform. We receive questions via e-mail and on Github documentation issues. From the converstations I have had, it looks like nobody passes the evaluation phase.
Let us know:
What can we do to increase the community engagement and use of the Open Smart Grid Platform?
Leave your suggestion in the comments below or contact us.
To kick-off the new year well, It is time for a community update. More questions get asked by outsiders (no existing contributors/users) last months. The Open Smart Grid Platform received questions from around the world: Germany, Argentina, Egypt, South-Africa, Nigeria and the Virgin Islands.
Questions vary form business models, maturity, specific features and collaboration opportunities. Some questions are passed to the FAQ section on this website (see support). The questions might be the first phase to lead to new contribution (direct or via partners).
One contact already did an technical analysis of the Open Smart Smart Grid Platform and starting to promote the Platform based on his findings.
Lets make the Open Smart Grid Platform community rock this year!
The Open Smart Grid Platform was presented last week at IEC 61850 europe 2017 in Amsterdam. The Platform was received well by the audience. Controlling the streetlights over IEC61850 was new for the audience. It resulted in interesting conversations with potential users during the breaks.
Missed the presentation? You can find it here:
Feel free to contact us if you have any question related to the Open Smart Grid Platform or like to continue the conversation.
2 Open Smart Grid Platform community members will cover the Open Smart Grid Platform at IEC 61850 Europe. Sander Jansen and Jonas van den Bogaard will cover the use of IEC 61850 in combination with the Open Smart Grid Platform. IEC 61850 is currently used by the following use-cases: Distribution automation, Public lightning and Mircogrids.
The presentation will cover the following topics:
- Identifying the drivers and benefits of applying IEC 61850 to control street lights and microgrids both for the utility and the end consumer
- Overcoming the challenges of utilising IEC 61850 in CDMA based telecom networks
- Understanding how IEC 61850 logical nodes can be seamlessly extended for innovative use cases
- Managing the cyber security challenges introduced by IEC 61850
- Determining the roadmap for scaling up the street light application supported by the Open Smart Grid Platform
To promote the Open Smart Grid Platform within the energy and sustainability field, part of the Open Smart Grid Platform will be present at the Innovative Turth IX in Nijmegen. This Dutch conference covers the field of innovation, sustainable ICT and sustainable Energy. The theme of this year is “The Enabler for Sustainability & Innovation”.
The Open Smart Grid Platform fits in this theme due to the open source nature and use-cases. Open source allows others to innovate on top of existing open source software without (vendor) barriers. The existing Open Smart Grid platform use-cases could support a sustainable energy landscape. Load management helps to integrate renewable energy in the grid by controlling the load when needed. The smart metering domain supports insight in energy consumption and production and can enable flexible tariffs for example.
The Innovative Turth IX conference takes place 19th of June 2017 and is part of sustainable energy week . More information and how to register can be found on their (Dutch) website: https://aninnovativetruth.nl/
A customer of the Open Smart Grid Platform founder Smart Society Services asked to show a high available cloud agnostic approach. They wanted to see that the Open Smart Grid Platform was running on the AWS (Amazon Web Services) and on the Microsoft Azure Cloud in a high availability setup.
An active-active setup was chosen to make this happen. When one public cloud provider stopped working, the other cloud provider took over the workload. This multi-cloud approach mitigates the risk of relying on 1 cloud provider. Even public clouds can fail. A Smart Society Services screen-cast on this topic will follow.