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The Linux Foundation has announced the formation of LF Energy with support from RTE (European transmission power systems provider) and other organisations, to boost technological innovation and transform the energy mix across the world.

LF Energy also welcomes four new projects to be hosted at The Linux Foundation as part of the initiative, which will advance everything from smart assistants for system operators to smart grid controls software.

LF Energy is an umbrella organisation that will support and sustain multi-vendor collaboration and open source progress in the energy and electricity sectors, to accelerate information and communication technologies (ICT) critical to balanced energy use and economic value.

LF Energy will focus on curating reusable components, open APIs and interfaces through project communities that the energy ecosystem can adopt into platforms and solutions.

“Our complex, multifaceted global energy market is evolving quickly and it demands that we not only keep pace, but act more rapidly than ever before,” said Shuli Goodman, LF Energy executive director.

“A collaborative open source approach to development of these technologies across companies, countries and end users, will provide the innovation needed to meet our respective goals in renewable energy, power electronics, electric mobility and rapid digitalisation for the energy sector overall.”

LF Energy members aim to inform and expedite the energy transition, including the move to electric mobility and connected sensors and devices, all while modernising and protecting the grid.

“We are thrilled to launch LF Energy and honoured to work with RTE, European Network of Transmission System Operators, Vanderbilt University and The Electric Power Research Institute, to harness open source technologies and advance the energy transition. We invite developers and organisations around the world to join us in advancing this exciting new endeavor,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation.

Building the plumbing upon a common infrastructure enables energy companies and solution providers to differentiate at higher value layers and services, while reducing cost and integration complexity at non-differentiating layers. As a result, power system providers will be empowered to achieve time to market, scale and efficiency much faster than ever before.