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Wednesday, April 14 • 7:30am - 8:00am
Open DC Grid - Microgrid Standard Based on Open Source for Energy Access Applications - James Gula, JLG Consulting & Martin Jäger, Libre Solar Technologies GmbH

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The Open DC Grid project is an initiative to define an architecture to permit devices to exchange power using LVDC and document it in a standard that can be freely accessed and used by anyone. The standard is backed up by open-source hardware and software reference designs based on the Zephyr RTOS that can be used for testing and compatibility validation. This architecture can be used by any device, but the initiative is particularly focused on rural microgrids in energy access markets, emphasizing low-cost. By conforming to the standard, system vendors can source components and appliances from multiple vendors reducing their engineering expense and reducing the costs that end users pay for electricity. This presentation gives an overview of the initiative, the standard, the open hardware development by Libre Solar and our experience using Zephyr for power electronics control.

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James Gula

Open DC Grid Co-founder, JLG Consulting
James Gula is a retired engineer with many years of experience in the computer industry with Western Digital, Corollary, Inc, and Intel. In 2016 he got involved with off-grid electricity, joining the IEEE P2030.10 standard for rural and remote DC microgrids, taking over as system... Read More →
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Martin Jäger

Open Hardware Architect, Libre Solar Technologies GmbH
Martin Jäger is an engineer and open source enthusiast. He is the founder of the Libre Solar Project, which aims to develop building blocks for off-grid renewable energy systems as open source hardware. Within the Zephyr project, Martin is the maintainer of the DAC driver and the... Read More →

Wednesday April 14, 2021 7:30am - 8:00am PDT
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