November 2017

Building the Internet of Energy

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This is an invitation to join the Connected Energy Initiative.

Feel free to message me at: shuli@connectedenergyinitiative.org

 

  • The Connected Energy Initiative is a start-up project housed within the Linux Foundation that offers a neutral home for energy sector collaboration.

  • The project is building the shared digital “foundations” where a collective investment can help to scale and speed the diffusion of renewable energy.

 Highlights

  • The Linux Foundation (LF) provides a neutral home for an electricity sector shared investment to address the open source, information and communication technology (ICT) components of renewable energy, electric vehicle, and grid modernization.

  • The Linux Foundation hosts many of the most important open source projects in the world, including Linux. With hundreds of companies backing tens of thousands of active developers, projects harness the power of open source development to fuel innovation at unmatched speed and scale.

  • Connected Energy is a hardware agnostic, open source initiative enabling the sector to build, leverage, and contribute back to the digital infrastructure or common parts of an open source digital energy stack.

  • Connected Energy mediates pain-points such as cyber-security, interoperability, interconnection, control, optimization, network function virtualization, and the digital orchestration and management of distributed energy resources (DER),
    energy efficiency, and demand response peripheral devices.

 The Challenge

Bringing IT and power engineers together to propose standards is challenging. Fostering actual collaborative development is even harder still. Yet, we need cooperation to achieve
interdependent business goals. To decarbonize electricity, it is essential to find a vendor-neutral home, a place where participants can “leave their badges at the door”, to build the ICT open source shared plumbing that acts as a pre-competitive platform to remove the barriers and obstacles to scaling.

How It Works

  • Independent technical review helps establish project beginnings
  • Separate Governing Board and Technical Steering Committee to preserve code independence
  • Through shared R&D, the Connected Energy code foundry will become the de facto industry standard

Business Benefits

  1. Utilities, aggregators, grid operators can deploy solutions faster with the flexibility to dynamically adapt to changing business models.
  2. Hardware manufacturers can scale faster with an interoperable partner ecosystem and more robust security and system management
  3. Independent software vendors can benefit from interoperability with 3rd party applications and hardware on a common library of device driver s without having to reinvent connectivity.
  4. Systems integrators can get to market faster with scalable and modular plug-and play components.
  5. Sensor device manufacturers can write once using

Open and transparent governance and IP models allow the initiative to build and leverage the common parts of the open source stack through contributions of code, engineers, and funding. Connected Energy enables the sector to:

  • Decrease total costs of ownership by building the software plumbing that abstracts hardware interoperability and enables integrated control systems and interconnection
  • Decrease time to market by reducing the complexity of multi-vendor systems integration
  • Avoid stranded investments and remove the risk of vendor lock-in
  • Build upon existing open source code libraries and expertise without reinventing non-domain specific technology
  • Provide robust 60-80% of an “energy operating platform” stack to speed product development
  • Increase quality, and innovation through an ecosystem community that leverages synergies
  • Increase cyber-security through an “all eyes on the prize” approach to mitigate the risk that every proprietary program or distributed resource is potential malware
  • Contribute and influence upstream and downstream projects
  • Accelerate market adoption and scaling