To achieve planetary climate goals, we need a fit-for-the-future power grid, built on a common functional architecture, composed of cloud native, microservices software blocks that are flexible, nimble, and can integrate legacy investments.

The LF Energy Foundation members and supporters have joined together to create a common functional architecture defining a fit-for-the-future power grid. Our ambition is that by creating a common understanding of our required functional capabilities we will be guided to identify strategic dependencies that can offer a force multiplier for investments. By utilizing open source as a shared development approach, where all investments are protected under a permissive intellectual property license, we can ignite a technology revolution that enables rapid decarbonization without destroying economic prosperity. By digitalizing the global energy grid and power systems, we will be able to address nearly 75% of carbon pollution currently emitted in energy production and transportation.

We see that cooperation and working together is the only path to individual and collective success. This is our start. Please join us. With this we proclaim a commitment, under the banner of LF Energy, to work together to build the common and non-differentiating software defined infrastructure that will power the Energy Transition.

How to read the architecture

The functional architecture starts with a top-level view and progresses to a finer granularity showing areas of focus. You can think of this as a three level taxonomy that helps to establish a mental model for organizing our efforts. The final image shows how each of the existing – and some future – LF Energy projects fits into this architecture. Feedback is welcome.

Credit goes to Arjan Stam – Alliander, Jonas van den Bogaard – Alliander, and Benoit Jeanson – RTE, the LF Energy Architectural Working Group, and many others.