LF Energy, a Linux Foundation project seeking to accelerate the energy transition of the world’s power and transportation systems through open-source technology, announced two initiatives to accelerate its mission to decarbonize the world’s economies through software, collaboration and leveraged development.

Service-based Open-source Grid automation platform for Network Operation of the future (SOGNO) is a project creating plug-and-play, cloud-native microservices to implement the next generation of data-driven monitoring and control systems. A second initiative, Power System Network Operations (PSNO), is an end-user, utility-driven working group that is defining an open-source strategy and approach to the control room of the future.

Dr. Shuli Goodman, executive director of LF Energy, said. “The shift to renewables doesn’t come with the flip of a switch and is a monumental effort requiring collaboration on a global scale. Decarbonization is a complex problem, and it’s only growing more complex as new technologies demand more from power system networks. The evolution of a low-inertia grid due to the onboarding of distributed energy resources is requiring that network operators find new mechanisms to balance supply and demand through flexibility and automation. With collaborative, open-source initiatives like SOGNO and PSNO, we can overcome these challenges.”

In addition to launching these two initiatives, LF Energy recently welcomed its newest members, ZEDEDA, a California-based company building an orchestration solution for distributed edge computing, and OpenUK, a London-based nonprofit supporting open-source collaboration and open technologies within the United Kingdom.

Jason Shepherd, VP Ecosystem, ZEDEDA, said. “We’re entering the era of the ecosystem, with interconnected solutions increasingly backed by a significant service component. This applies to all verticals, and especially the energy space as macro challenges require industry collaboration to enable providers to thrive while improving the consumer experience. Many of the challenges are at the edge where the physical and digital worlds meet amid rapidly transforming power networks. As the leader in orchestration for distributed edge computing, ZEDEDA is excited to join LF Energy to foster innovation and balance in the energy ecosystem through open source collaboration.”

Amanda Brock, OpenUK CEO, said. “OpenUK joins LF Energy in a positive step to promote smarter use of data within the utilities and energy sectors, powered by open-source approaches. We are pleased to be actively engaged with the UK energy sector and support the vision for more efficient use of data, technology and infrastructure based on open principles.”

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