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LF Energy Framework Groups

We are developing Frameworks that span across LF Energy to address interoperability and the composability of LF Energy software into the grid-of-the-future.

Data Architecture

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As a goal, we would like to guide the realization of an energy system that is interoperable, by standardizing the meaning of data exchanged and guide implementation of open source projects developing exchange (interfaces) based on these standards. We focus on the business side of interoperability as common understanding, trust, and transparency of data used and data exchanged is a fundamental part of the energy system of the future, regardless of geography.

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Infrastructure

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The digital energy world requires 100% availability, redundancy and low latency in combination with rock-solid security. Energy services, regardless of at what voltage, require the ability to run concurrent workloads in a multi-cloud and hybrid-cloud environment, including the ability to run critical workloads in data centers.

The Infrastructure Framework will define the requirements and insure that efforts across LF Energy are aligned with best practices. Distributed energy requires distributed computing. We formed in October of 2020 and will meet weekly. All are welcome to help define power system requirements.

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Functional Architecture

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To achieve our 2050 climate and energy goals we have joined together to create a common functional architecture defining a fit-for-the-future power grid and creating a common understanding of required functional capabilities.

The functional architecture for the power grid of the future that we have today is a start. We want your feedback and involvement. With this, we proclaim a commitment under LF Energy to find shared strategic dependencies. By utilizing open source we can accelerate a technology revolution that enables rapid decarbonization by digitalizing the global energy grid. We see that cooperation and working together is the only path to individual and collective success.

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Security

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We seek a secure energy system that is interoperable. We do this by standardizing secure data exchange and ensuring that the processes and practices of LF Energy follow the highest standards for the secure implementation of open source projects. Starting in September 2020, all LF Energy projects will begin the process to become “badged” through the Core Infrastructure Initiative. The LF Energy Security Framework focuses on the business side of security by building a common understanding, ensuring the trust and transparency of data used, and that data privacy is respected as a fundamental part of the energy system of the future, regardless of geography. We meet weekly.

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LF Energy Special Interest Groups

One of the most important functions of LF Energy are initiatives to build community,  spark ideas, and create new projects.

Asset Monitoring

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RTE initiated an internal project aiming at replacing an aging asset monitoring system and paving the way for a shift from preventive maintenance to predictive maintenance.

The actual development of the project is focused on the monitoring of the asset. Data from various origins are delivered to the platform. The monitoring makes it possible for the maintenance operators to display real-time data in a meaningful way and provide some supporting tools. To this end, the platform as a full representation (CIM format) of the assets being connected together.

The platform is developed having in mind to extend it with offline products, which ambition is to achieve a complete ecosystem of products enabling the transition from preventive to predictive maintenance.

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Digital Twin

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The ambition of the Digital Twin project is to validate an IoT approach that is compatible with a Blockchain architecture and running on the edge of a distributed cloud environment for a smart energy “System of Systems” (integration of different categories of Intelligent energy devices -IEDs – and energy management platforms).

The major benefits of building a Digital Twin representation of an energy system is in creating a symbiosis between entities representing real and digital world objects connected via standard APIs and characterized by properties, describing the context in which they operate and use assumptions to simulate their behaviors for different purposes.

The integration of the different data sources to design the representation of the virtual twin is the result of a System of Systems architecture, leveraging on Extensibility (new systems can be added easily), Replaceability (systems can be replaced), Loose coupling (systems can evolve independently), Low intrusiveness (systems do not need to change) and Recursiveness (systems of systems at different levels)

The Digital Twin project will leverage on the NGSI-LD API, a public, royalty-free standard API for Context Information Management standardized by ETSI and already deployed in multiple Open Source implementations available in the FIWARE Foundation’s catalogue.

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Digital Substation

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Digital Substation Automation Systems (DSAS) is a rapidly growing area of discussion related to the digitalization of power systems that were formerly analog only. This special interest group discusses the emergence of standards like IEC 61850 and software that can implement the standard, including CoMPAS, a 61850 configurator launched within LF Energy.

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Electric Mobility

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The electric mobility and vehicle-to-grid special interest group discusses options for open source software initiatives related to mobility, including automated demand response (ADR) and vehicle charging and infrastructure.

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Microgrid / VPPs

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Microgrids (MGs) and Virtual Power Plants (VPPs) require real-time control to provide services to the local electric provider and to ensure customer resilience whether for a campus, an industrial site, or a neighborhood. The MG/VPP Special Interest Group is solving the interface between MGs and the grid, evaluating options for real-time platforms including RIAPS, and addressing appropriate protocols and standards for grid edge applications.

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Energy Access

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To meet our planetary goals, decarbonization must be global. Yet, the needs and demands of emerging economies is quite different. Technology transfer from the west is not necessarily the best, nor the most efficient mechanism for electrification. Join this new LF Energy SIG and help to make energy access equitable and democratized.

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E-Mobility

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To meet our planetary goals, decarbonization must be global. Yet, the needs and demands of emerging economies is quite different. Technology transfer from the west is not necessarily the best, nor the most efficient mechanism for electrification. Join this new LF Energy SIG and help to make energy access equitable and democratized.

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LF Energy Projects

Check out the issues, learn to use the code, see what needs to be done, speak with the committers and maintainers to find opportunities, join the TSC meetings, and more.