LF Energy Adds New Libre Software Projects

  • April 19, 2022
  • William Payne

LF Energy, a collaborative open software foundation focused on open source and libre development of software and hardware to support energy transition to sustainable sources has announced five new software projects and 19 new Strategic, General and Associate members, including Google and the Fraunhofer Institute.

The new software projects bring the total to eighteen under the LF Energy umbrella, with focus on critical issues such as grid optimisation, EV charging, and energy forecasting.

LF Energy aims to provide a neutral, collaborative community to build open source software to enable the world to shift to clean energy from fossil fuels while maintaining the energy flows needed to run global economies.

The foundation’s projects offer a unified approach to developing non-differentiating code that can enable utilities, grid operators, electric vehicle makers, energy saving companies and others to develop and implement technologies to transform the power sector. The most recent new projects joining the Incubator are:

  • FlexMeasures: an intelligent EMS for real-time energy flexibility apps., FlexMeasures reduces development costs with real-time data intelligence and integrations, uncertainty models and API/UI support.
  • Grid Capacity Map: a map that provides public information about grid capacity and grid connection cost to give early indication to customers seeking grid connection.
  • OpenGEH: enables flexible settlement and hourly measurements to onboard increasing levels of renewables utilising a datahub to store billions of data on production and consumption.
  • OpenSTEF: a Python package used to make short term forecasts for the energy sector.
  • Shapeshifter: enables the fastest, fairest, and lowest cost route to a smart energy future by delivering one common approach to efficiently connect smart energy projects and technologies.

Earlier this year, LF Energy added several critical new projects including the Carbon Data Specification Consortium, a standard’s specification that will help to define the raw data to track the carbon intensity of consumed energy and the carbon emissions associated with power systems, as well as EVerest, an open source software stack designed to establish a common base layer for a unified EV charging ecosystem.

“I’m excited to see so many new organisations and projects join the open source movement to accelerate global energy decarbonisation efforts,” said Dr. Shuli Goodman, Executive Director of LF Energy. “Much more is needed, but we’re building momentum and collaboration, which is the only way we’ll meet the challenge to arrest climate collapse. LF Energy is filled with innovators who are doing the hard work to transform one of the largest and most important industries on earth. We are a beacon of hope at a very challenging time”