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The LF Energy Spring Summit 2021 Schedule is Now Live!

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LF Energy Spring Summit is dedicated to supporting the global collaboration of utilities, OEMs, suppliers, and significant energy users. Together we will learn, participate, build community and fundamentally reimagine software investments – whether spent on commercial, in-house, or by joining us to leverage an open source development model. 

Join us virtually on April 14 to hear from industry leaders, experts, LF Energy projects, and more! Register now for only US$25 by using code LFESUM21EBIRD! This Early Bird pricing is now available for the next 50 registrants! Standard registration rate is US$50.

Topics Covered:

  • Microgrids 
  • Power System Network Operations for the Future
  • Best Practices in Open Source Development / Lessons Learned
  • Social + Technical + Economic Directions
  • Price-Based Grid Coordination

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This is a virtual event and will take place in two time segments on April 14 to accommodate a global audience. This event will be recorded and available to attendees post-event as well.

  • Segment 1: 6:00 – 10:00 am PDT (3:00 – 7:00 pm CEST)
  • Segment 2: 3:00 – 7:00 pm PDT (7:00 – 11:00 am JST, April 15)

Interested in Sponsoring?

LF Energy exists because of our members. We can only produce events at this scale with your help. These events help us to build community, showcase your software and your work in the world, and they allow us to get the word out.

For more information and our LF Energy Spring Summit 2021 prospectus, please click here!

FledgePOWER Joins LF Energy

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LF Energy – the open source foundation focused on the power systems sector and provides a neutral, collaborative community to build the shared digital investments that will transform the world’s relationship to energy is announcing FledgePOWER as its latest Incubation Project. 

FledgePOWER is a multi-protocol translation gateway for power systems based on the industrial IoT LF Edge project Fledge. The project was released and open sourced by Dianomic and OSIsoft

As power systems transform to include increasing onboarding of renewables, electric vehicles, assets at the edge, or behind the meter, network operators must be able to monitor and interact with substation equipment where a high-volume of data is exchanged with a high-velocity of change. These exchanges require real-time, efficient, robust, and secure communications. FledgePOWER solves the problem of multiple protocols by providing the industry with a flexible, lightweight, industrial-grade, open source gateway that embeds Fledge (LF EDGE)

Among other features, the FledgePOWER roadmap includes two awaited features by the community. 

  • The capacity of controlling end devices by enhancing north and south services.
  • IEC 61850 MMS south and north plugins to allow IEDs control and acquire monitoring data from substations to expose them to central or cloud systems.

Akli Rahmoun, the founder of FledgePOWER, said: “We are very committed to make FledgePOWER a piece of software widely needed in the energy sector to operate power systems, an essential tool in our industry.”

LF Energy supports projects via a wide range of services, and the first step is joining as an Incubation Project. LF Energy will support the neutral open governance for FledgePOWER to help foster the growth of the project. Learn more about FledgePOWER on their GitHub and be sure to join the FledgePower General mailing list and FledgePower TSC mailing list to join the community and stay connected on the latest updates. 

Welcome, FledgePOWER! We look forward to the project’s continued growth and success as part of LF Energy. To learn about how to host an open source project with us, visit the LF Energy website.

FledgePOWER Key Links

LF Energy Resources

Join Us on Dec 2! Accelerate Your Transformation to System Operations with OperatorFabric

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OperatorFabric, a modular, extensible, industrial-strength, and field-tested platform for system operators, will be the center of attention during this webinar on Wednesday December 2nd. A must-see for everyone involved in system operations and curious about how this platform can improve and accelerate it.

OperatorFabric includes several features essential for electricity, water, and other utility operations. In this webinar, both RTE and Alliander will discuss their use of OperatorFabric and will provide live demos.

RTE will start with a short history of OperatorFabric. What was the main idea and need? What is the main user interface, and how does it work? Afterwards we will dive into how RTE is using OperatorFabric. For example, in its coordination of energy supply between different countries, and in how capacity is calculated. We will show several use cases, and as much as possible as a live demo.

As we move on to Alliander’s implementation of OperatorFabric, we dive into two main use cases. First, we will show how OperatorFabric can help with congestion management. Then we will also show how DSOs can manage voltage level issues, using OperatorFabric. This part of the webinar will also largely consist of live demos.

During the webinar you are welcome to ask as many questions as you like, as we hope you’ll get as excited about it as we are. So please join us in this webinar and learn more about accelerating your way to system operations with OperatorFabric!

Click here to register!

LF Energy Landscape Update + Call to Action, Join us on Oct 22

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LF Energy Landscape leverages infrastructure created for the CNCF Landscape and that is being leveraged by other foundations hosted at the Linux Foundation. This resource is community maintained, meaning anyone can issue a pull request to add or update a listing. We invite you to join us on Thursday, October 22 at 11:00a ET  to discuss and update the LF Energy landscape together!  Click here to register!

Requirements to have a project included in this landscape are very simple; mainly projects should have a presence on GitHub, be active with at least 300 stars, and be a project within the Energy field (cybersecurity, interoperability, control, automation, virtualization, and the orchestration of supply and demand). Projects that become inactive are subject to removal. All projects are organized according to the LF Energy functional architecture which serves as a taxonomy. Find that here.

Like any fast-moving initiative that is growing and changing, in the near future, the landscape will also showcase additional efforts within the open source ecosystem, namely:

  • Islanded environments such as microgrids, minigrids, nanogrids
  • Aggregated environments such as VPPs
  • Electric mobility 
  • And more!

We invite the entire community to participate in the sustainability of this resource, namely by…

  • Reviewing the existing entries for accuracy, including to ensure entries are pointing to the correct GitHub repository and organization ( let us know if changes are needed ).
  • Submit projects we are missing to be included.
  • Share the landscape with others! You can include the landscape in presentations or promotion of your project 

We invite you to join us on Thursday, October 22 at 11:00a ET  to discuss and update the LF Energy landscape together!  Click here to register!

With Let’s Coordinate LF Energy Is Boosting Operational Coordination between Transmission System Operations in Europe

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On Friday, October 2nd, LF Energy’s OperatorFabric project released Let’s Coordinate, as their first industrial use case of the smart platform for system operators.

Let’s Coordinate answers the needs of operational communication and coordination between Transmission System Operators for Electricity (TSOs) and their Regional Coordination Centers (RSCs). It is an assistant for TSOs and RCCs operators, helping them to receive notifications only when relevant and save time for other activities.
This application is customizable by each user to adapt the information to receive inside the tool depending on its position in the company.

Let’s Coordinate will evolve in the upcoming months to enhance the user experience and to support other RSCs services and their correlated business needs.

Watch Let’s Coordinate At-a-Glance.

Find more information and get involved
This open source project is accessible worldwide :
– Review the documentation
– Check out the source code
– Access additional information on the wiki
– Learn about OperatorFabric
Get involved
– Follow us on LinkedIn

By: Guillaume Trimbach, Let’s Coordinate Project leader

LF Energy Technical Architecture Workshop: A Wrap-up

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Thank you all who participated in the LF Energy Technical Architecture Workshop. There were 155 attendees logging in from 36 different countries! The workshop featured 7 breakout sessions that encouraged open collaboration toward the individual breakout goals. To become involved in any of these projects and/or working groups, be sure to join the mailing lists by clicking the links below.

Join the Full Architecture Group to get updates on all of the above areas.
 During the workshop, attendees participated in various activities. View the breakout document compilations in the LF Energy Community folder and check out the opening and closing session on our YouTube Channel.

The Workshop in Numbers

Technical Architecture Workshop – July 8, 2020

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LF Energy is excited for the upcoming Technical Architecture Workshop that will be held virtually via QiqoChat on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 from 14:00 – 19:00 Central European Summer Time (CEST), UTC +2. Make sure you view the schedule and register. The workshop is free to attend.

This event is the culmination of three, 6 week architecture sprints where over 50 enterprise architects have met to work on the LF Energy functional, data, security, and technical architectures. Our intention is to create guidance for LF Energy open source projects and to identify areas for leveraged development that will enable accelerated innovation. 

We would like to welcome a broader community to participate and to engage in the conversation. This is a work in-progress as inputs and additional structure is clarified. Please make sure you explore the various workshop tracks. Each track is led by co-facilitators and represents many hundreds of hours in effort. 

We hope to see you there!

LF Energy Resources

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LF Energy Technical Architecture Workshop

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LF Energy is excited to be hosting a Technical Architecture Workshop.

This workshop is a creative, online event geared towards enterprise architects, digital technology specialists, and developers. The goal is to share the work of the last four months in building and developing the technical, functional, security, and data architectures that will provide guidance and direction for the LF Energy community.  We are building and developing all of these assets in public and encourage your participation and comments. 

At the workshop, we will present work to date, and have multiple tracks on security, data architectures, using open source to build power system platforms, and 4 use cases: Asset Monitoring, CoMPAS, Digital Twins, VPP/Microgrids. There will be an opportunity at the workshop to add breakout rooms and interest groups on-the-fly. Bring ideas and your colleagues.

LF Energy Coding Collaboration: January 2020

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Written by Justin de Hoop, Alliander

On January 13-15, 2020  in Paris, France, a team of IT specialists at the transmission and distribution level engaged in a collaborative coding event to create open source software for asset monitoring. RTE, Alliander and TenneT worked together through this three-day immersion to learn more about each other’s projects and to gain understanding about joint investment and how to leverage each other’s software talent for faster innovation and uptake.

Curious about the results? Have a look at the daily reports:

Day 1:
Day 1 begins Monday morning at a beautiful location on the famous Champs-Élyseés in Paris. For the next 3 days this will be the home base for the open source collaboration between RTE, TenneT and Alliander. After getting to know each other and some short presentations it is time for the daily stand up. We gather around a full kanban board and divide the tasks. After everything is hooked up and all systems can be accessed it’s time to get started, here we go!

In order to make sure all applications can communicate seamlessly, collaboration between the developers is crucial. It immediately becomes apparent that this is why we came to Paris. After a nice lunch and a walk around the Arc de Triomphe it’s back to an afternoon of coding. The hard work pays off and by the end of the day we are able to celebrate our first success! Simulated messages are collected by Grid eXchange Fabric (GXF) and published on Kafka, ready to be picked up and processed by the other applications. And that’s exactly what will we do, tomorrow. On to day 2!

Day 2:
Despite the ongoing strikes everybody manages to reach the location on Tuesday morning. With a cup of coffee and a fresh croissant in hand, the day starts with a mini retrospective. The retrospective reveals that everyone is very happy with the way we are working together and they are eager to get started on another day of coding. But it’s not all good news as a technical challenge presents itself. For some reason Spark in combination with Kafka, needed for the data analysis, doesn’t seem to be working. The daily stand up is used to discuss how the problem can be solved and then we get started. When it’s almost time to go for lunch the problem still isn’t fixed. But there is other good news; OperatorFabric is now able to display the messages that are posted on Kafka by GXF. This means the first two open source programs are coupled!

After lunch a couple of options to get the analysis part working are discussed. A group of developers gathers around a whiteboard, draws up a solution and sets out to realize it. Meanwhile preparations are being made for tomorrow’s demo. There is not a lot of time left, what will be able to show? We’ll find out tomorrow, on to day 3! But not before day 2 is ended with a nice group dinner.

Day 3
Even after Tuesday nights dinner, everyone manages to be at the location in time for the third and final day of coding. Thankfully, because there is still a lot to do. We agree to stop coding at 11am in order to do a dry-run in preparation of the demo. While the deadline moves ever closer, Olivier Grabette, member of RTE’s board of directors, shows up to show his support to the developers and the open source way of working.

At 11:30, 30 minutes later than planned, the last tasks on the kanban board are moved to ‘done’, it’s time for the first dry-run. Doing this final rehearsal turns out to be a good idea as the analytics solution (without Spark) doesn’t quite seem to be working the way we want it to. The developers set out for the final push and with just a minute to spare the traffic light turns green, then orange, then red, success!

After establishing the online connections for the audience back in the Netherlands the demo is started. After a short introduction on the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of this shared coding event it’s time to show the results. With more than a 1.000 messages per minute, several days of transformer load and temperature values are simulated. The values are displayed on a substation diagram in real-time. In the diagram, next to the transformers, are also 2 traffic lights which indicate the status of the transformer. On day 3 of the simulation 1 of the transformers starts to show anomalies. The measured temperature does not correspond with the value expected in the analytics and the traffic light turns orange. As the value further deviates the traffic light turns red. At this time the system operator is notified through notification in OperatorFabric. This open source application shows a timeline with relevant notifications for the system operator. The application allows him to open the notification and see all relevant information associated with this notification.

The demo is concluded by looking back on the past 3 days of collaboration. It is clear that being together in 1 location was really valuable and further opens source collaboration holds a lot of potential. While everyone speculates on the location of the next collaborative coding event it’s time to thank each other and say goodbye. Until we meet again, maybe at the open source bootcamp at Alliander on February 6th.