Five New Open Source Projects Added by LF Energy

Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD



Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD

It’s always good to see open source initiatives expand. The open source community has been really beneficial to the technology industry by creating projects that allow designs to get to market quicker while being interoperable with other products. It is even better when the new projects advance power systems design and help with the changeover to a sustainable world. Therefore, it is really great to hear that Linux Foundation Energy (LF Energy) has accepted five new open source technical projects that will provide the industry with solutions for battery storage, grid resilience, EV charging, transmission facility rating, and open source sustainability research.

The five new projects will bring the total number of projects supported by the organization to 30. The projects are:

LF Energy Battery Data Alliance will bring battery companies together to unify how batteries are handled in terms of software. Battery data helps create a decarbonized economy and power systems, yet companies waste time implementing individual battery data schemas, integrations/conversions, typical calculations, etc. The project was contributed to LF Energy by AmpLabs.

LF Energy CitrineOS will provide community-tested and reliable open source software for charger management, pushing forward the adoption of the OCPP 2.0.1 protocol to improve the reliability of charging networks. It will broaden access to and utilization of EV charging networks and make them more secure, intelligent and manageable. CitrineOS was contributed to LF Energy by S44.

GRIP (Grid Resilience and Intelligence Platform) will assist electric grid operators anticipate, mitigate against, and recover from extreme weather events. GRIP is intended to optimize grid hardening costs, while lowering liability costs and shareholder exposure. These benefits should lead to lower electricity rates for customers. GRIP was contributed to LF Energy by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, which is operated by Stanford University for the U.S. DoE Office of Science.

Open Sustainable Technology is intended to be an informative platform and open science community to investigate the impact, potential, and strategies of the open source movement for sustainable technology development, business and transition. Earlier this year, LF Energy and the project’s maintainers released the 2023 Open Source Sustainability Ecosystem Report.

TROLIE (Transmission Ratings and Operating Limits Information Exchange) will establish an open conformance standard and cultivate a software ecosystem to accelerate the implementation of reliable, secure, and interoperable systems for the exchange of transmission facility ratings and related information. Operators of North American transmission systems need to exchange ratings and related information in an automated, frequent manner. TROLIE will help accelerate their implementation and simplify interoperability. TROLIE was contributed to LF Energy by MISO Energy and GE Vernova.

Along with the new projects, LF Energy and the Open Source Security Foundation launched a free whitepaper on cybersecurity in energy infrastructure that will provide an understanding of how to improve cybersecurity and protect energy assets.