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Wednesday, April 14
 

6:00am PDT

Keynote: Welcome + Opening Remarks - Shuli Goodman, Executive Director, LF Energy
Speakers
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Shuli Goodman

Executive Director, LF Energy
Shuli Goodman is the founder and Executive Director of LF Energy, a new Linux Foundation project that supports open source innovation in the energy and electricity sectors. LF Energy’s ambition is to accelerate the energy transition and the decarbonization of the world’s economies... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 6:00am - 6:20am PDT
Virtual 1

6:20am PDT

Keynote: Transforming Schneider Electric with Cloud, Microservices and Automation - Cheryl Hung, VP of Ecosystem, Cloud Native Computing Foundation
Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Hung

Cheryl Hung

VP Ecosystem, Cloud Native Computing Foundation
Cheryl Hung is VP Ecosystem at the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, where she drives adoption of cloud native infrastructure. As a non-profit under the Linux Foundation, the CNCF hosts open source projects including Kubernetes, Prometheus and Envoy.She founded the 5000+ strong Cloud... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 6:20am - 6:25am PDT
Virtual 1

6:25am PDT

Break
Wednesday April 14, 2021 6:25am - 6:30am PDT
Virtual 1

6:30am PDT

Local Power Distribution - Bruce Nordman, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Internet technology succeeded by rejecting fundamental tenets of the telephony technology it replaced. Highly functional microgrids can be created with a similar rejection of traditional power distribution technology approaches. Local Power Distribution organizes electricity within (and between) buildings from the bottom-up, on a network model, pervasively digitally managed, and with much greater use of Direct Current than we have today.

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Nordman

Bruce Nordman

Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Bruce Nordman is a Research Scientist with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His work focuses on the intersection of energy use and efficiency with IT network technology, at all layers. Current projects include advancing technologies for communicating (highly) dynamic electricity... Read More →



Wednesday April 14, 2021 6:30am - 6:45am PDT
Virtual 1
  Microgrids
  • Slides Included Yes

6:30am PDT

TenneT Control Room of the Future - Matija Naglic, TenneT TSO
The ongoing energy transition towards decarbonised electric power generation sources brings not only environmental benefits to meet the climate goals set by society, but the resulting changes in the power system lead to unprecedented power system behaviour. Together with ever evolving energy markets these further increase the complexity and impose new challenges to power system operation. Based on projected energy scenarios it is expected that typical control room systems and tools, used in year 2021 to operate the power system, will become insufficient for reliable power system operation in the future. To timely address this shortcoming, TenneT TSO started the Control Room of the Future programme to evolve the control room instruments the operators are using to manage the power system. The programme aims to modernise the EMS/SCADA and supporting systems by evolving the existing and developing new technologies and methodologies for reliable operation of the existing and future power system. This presentation outlines the development process of the TenneT R&D roadmap and presents the new functionalities of the control room of the future up to year 2030 and beyond. In brief, it presents the key risks to future system operation based on TenneT NL future energy scenarios and 35 existing or to be developed technologies and methodologies broken down by data, software, outputs, hardware, decision support, training and testing needs, which will help control room operators to monitor, assess and provide decision support to manage these risks on the system in real time.

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Matija Naglic

Advisor, TenneT TSO
Matija Naglic received Uni. Dipl. Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering, study filed Telecommunications from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2011. In 2020 he received Ph.D. degree in Power System Engineering from the Faculty of... Read More →



Wednesday April 14, 2021 6:30am - 7:00am PDT
Virtual 2

6:45am PDT

Blockchains for Use in Data Management in Energy Microgrids - George Blumberg, Oxford Brookes University
This presentation describes the application of distributed ledger technology (DLT), also known as blockchains, as a tool to manage data in renewable energy microgrids. The blockchain is best known as the enabling technology for cryptocurrencies, but more interesting uses in the Built Environment are for allowing a certain degree of autonomy in data collection within smart cities. One particularly promising application is in distributed renewable energy microgrids, Microgrids are networks of closely located renewable energy production, consumption, and storage devices and pose significant challenges in data management. These systems are set to feature prominently in the transition to a low-carbon energy infrastructure. With the use of a logic engine the sequentially recorded data can be converted into a relational database and therefore allowing reconciliation amongst members.

Speakers
avatar for George Blumberg

George Blumberg

Dr, Oxford Brookes University
Dr George Blumberg is a senior lecturer in the School of the Built Environment. He was educated at the George Washington University as a mechanical engineer and subsequently worked in the construction industry as a site surveyor. He later became the head engineer of the Marine Seismic... Read More →



Wednesday April 14, 2021 6:45am - 7:00am PDT
Virtual 1
  Microgrids
  • Slides Included Yes

7:00am PDT

A Ground Up, Flexible Architecture for Building the Grid - Jorge Elizondo, Heila Technology
The deployment of renewable energy in the form of distributed energy resources (DERs) is growing at an accelerated rate, but this trend is being partly capped by the grid’s ability to manage them. Microgrids can help accommodate more renewables and increase the overall system resiliency, but today's systems suffer from technology incompatibility, operational complexity, and design inflexibility, which severely limit their adoption. Heila's novel approach to control and optimize microgrids overcomes the above challenges. It works by converting every DER into an intelligent agent that can interact with others and optimize the system by self-coordinating their operation in a fully distributed way. Details are presented on how this approach leads to a ground-up construction of the grid with inherent flexibility and modularity, and how an open platform is the best way to achieve it.

Speakers
avatar for Jorge Elizondo

Jorge Elizondo

Chief Technology Officer, Heila Technology
Dr. Jorge Elizondo is the CTO and co-founder of Heila Technologies, an MIT spin-off dedicated to simplifying the deployment, operation, and optimization of microgrids and other systems with distributed energy resources. Jorge received his PhD from MIT in 2016 where he worked on microgrid... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 7:00am - 7:30am PDT
Virtual 1

7:00am PDT

Organizing AI Competitions to Tackle Future Challenges of Power System Controls, an Open Science Initiative - Benjamin Donnot, RTE
RTE designed and ran a series of challenges to investigate the potential of Artificial Intelligence methods in power network operation and to highlight their use to solve key challenges of the next-generation power networks. The last edition took place during the NeurIPS 2020 conference. It was well received by the international community attracting over 300 participants worldwide, with either AI or power system background, bridging those 2 communities together. Participants had to operate simulated powergrid for a full week at 5 minutes resolution and propose the best actions to ensure its security and robustness, facing unplanned contingencies and unknown level of renewable energy sources. Winning teams from cutting-edge AI companies even demonstrate remarkable performances to handle complex situations. L2RPN has been a successful worldwide open-science initiative starting with diverse and fruitful collaborations to set up and organize the competitions, and eventually releasing all the benchmark and open-solutions open-source to enable future progress in science. Another contribution of this challenge is our proposed comprehensive ’Grid2Op’ framework. This framework is open-sourced and easily re-usable to define new environments with its companion GridAlive ecosystem and is compatible with a wide variety of powergrid simulators.

Speakers
avatar for Benjamin Donnot

Benjamin Donnot

Data Scientist, RTE
After a master degree in applied mathematics (statistics) at ENSAE, Benjamin obtained, in 2019, a PhD in computer science at Universite Paris Saclay under the direction of Isabelle Guyon. Benjamin joined RTE as a "data scientist" right after his PhD defense. One of his mission at... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 7:00am - 7:30am PDT
Virtual 2

7:30am PDT

Building Trusted Software Supply Chains a DevSecOps Journey - Henri van den Bulk, VMware
Physical supply chains have been able to achieve a level of trust, thing how your medication gets to the pharmacists. So why is it in the software industry we still have challenges in building trust? In this session, we will explore what makes up a software supply chain, and concerns that need to be addressed to deliver highly valuable, trusted software. We'll take you through a DevSecOps journey.

Speakers
avatar for Henri M.B. van den Bulk

Henri M.B. van den Bulk

Global Field CTO, Executive Technical Advisor, VMware
Henri is a proven technology leader with a focus on delivering solutions with clear business outcomes. In his prior role, he has worked in an Executive role of Principal Architect of the largest technology organisation within Charles Schwab. There he was responsible for all architecture... Read More →



Wednesday April 14, 2021 7:30am - 8:00am PDT
Virtual 2

7:30am PDT

Open DC Grid - Microgrid Standard Based on Open Source for Energy Access Applications - James Gula, JLG Consulting & Martin Jäger, Libre Solar Technologies GmbH
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.

Speakers
avatar for James Gula

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 →
avatar for Martin Jäger

Martin Jäger

Open Hardware Architect, Libre Solar Technologies GmbH
Martin Jäger is an engineer and open-source enthusiast promoting open source technologies for energy access applications. He is the founder of the Libre Solar Project, which aims at developing building blocks for off-grid renewable energy systems as open hardware. He is also a maintainer... Read More →



Wednesday April 14, 2021 7:30am - 8:00am PDT
Virtual 1
  Microgrids
  • Slides Included Yes

8:00am PDT

Introducing SOGNO, a Microservices Based Grid Automation Platform - Markus Mirz & Antonello Monti, RWTH Aachen University
SOGNO is a new LFE project that aims at facilitating the transition to a modular microservices based automation software solution for distribution system operators. It includes a real-time simulator that enables developers to thoroughly test new automation functions against a virtual representation of the power system before interfacing it to the real grid. Markus Mirz and Antonello Monti talk about the motivation for developing SOGNO as a set of microservices. They present services that are already available, their use cases and the next steps for the project.

Speakers
avatar for Markus Mirz

Markus Mirz

Researcher, RWTH Aachen University
Dr. Markus Mirz received his Master degree in Electrical Engineering (2014) and his doctorate in Engineering (2020) from RWTH Aachen University, Germany. Since 2020, he is leading a group in the automation of power systems at Fraunhofer Digital Energy. Before joining Fraunhofer, he... Read More →
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Antonello Monti

Director, RWTH Aachen University
Prof. Antonello Monti, PhD started the activities of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems (ACS) at RWTH Aachen in 2008. The research group accounts now more than 40 full time researchers and is and has been active in a variety of German and EU funded projects focusing... Read More →



Wednesday April 14, 2021 8:00am - 8:30am PDT
Virtual 2

8:00am PDT

Applications in RIAPS - Ken Dulaney, FREEDM at NC State
This presentation will describe the RIAPS platform, its capabilities, and sample applications. It will also outline the project roadmap for future development and end with a call for attendees to join the training cohort for the platform.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Dulaney

Ken Dulaney

Director of Industry and Innovation, FREEDM at NC State
Ken is Director of Industry and Innovation at the FREEDM Systems Center, a smart grid research center headquartered at NC State. In this role, he manages industry relationships for the Center, promotes the commercialization of center-developed technologies, and helps students make... Read More →



Wednesday April 14, 2021 8:00am - 8:30am PDT
Virtual 1
  Microgrids
  • Slides Included Yes

8:30am PDT

Panel: New Electricity Transactions in Advanced Power Systems: from Peer-to-Peer to Communities & Beyond - Jean-Michel Glachant, Florence School of Regulation; Laurent Schmitt, Digital4Grids; Nicolò Rossetto, Valerie Reif & Golnoush Soroush, EUI
Electricity is entering a new age where utilities do not monopolize generation and trade anymore, where individuals can engage into generation and trade with other individuals or with the system, where communities can combine the engagement of individual members and benefit from ‘scale & scope’ economies. It is a world of transactive electricity, ranging from pure ‘peer-to-peer’ to various forms of communities. In this context, the panel will provide the audience with a few insights on how digitalization is transforming the energy sector and its transition to a decentralized and decarbonized future, by enabling new forms of transactions and coordination. Jean-Michel Glachant, Director of FSR, will introduce the panel and moderate it. Nicolò Rossetto, researcher at FSR, will speak about energy communities. Laurent Schmitt, founder and CEO of Digital4Grids, will present how carbon tracking can be extended up to retail-size assets, further empowering consumers and prosumers. Valerie Reif, researcher at FSR, will refer to the challenges of DSO-TSO information exchanges. Golnoush Soroush, researcher at FSR, will talk about energy system integration. Each panellist will provide a few short statements. After that, a Q&A session will close the panel.

Speakers
avatar for Nicolò Rossetto

Nicolò Rossetto

Research associate, EUI
Nicolò Rossetto is a research associate at the Florence School of Regulation, European University Institute (Italy), where he is part of the research team in electricity regulation. Before joining FSR in 2016, Nicolò was external advisor to the World Bank, founding member of the... Read More →
avatar for Laurent Schmitt

Laurent Schmitt

CEO, Digital4Grids
Laurent Schmitt has founded Digital4Grids early January 2021 acting as CEO. He has been working for the last 25 years through the Automation, IT and Digitisation of the Power Industry. Before creating Digital4Grids, he has been the Secretary General of ENTSO-E for 4 years and Global... Read More →
avatar for Valerie Reif

Valerie Reif

Research Associate, EUI
Valerie Reif is a research associate in electricity regulation at the Florence School of Regulation, European University Institute in Italy. Her main research interests are energy data exchange, interoperability, and the EU Electricity Network Codes. She is involved in two H2020 research... Read More →
avatar for Golnoush Soroush

Golnoush Soroush

Research associate, EUI
Golnoush Soroush is part of the Florence School of Regulation research team on EU energy policy and electricity sector regulation. Her main research interests are regulatory and policy aspects of energy transition, energy systems integration and sector coupling together with the impact... Read More →
avatar for Jean-Michel Glachant

Jean-Michel Glachant

Director, Florence School of Regulation
Jean-Michel entered energy sector research in 1990 when the first open electricity markets have been created. He has been professor at La Sorbonne University, Paris Sud University, and is currently at European University Institute in Florence (Italy). He is Director of the leading... Read More →



Wednesday April 14, 2021 8:30am - 9:00am PDT
Virtual 1

9:00am PDT

Break
Wednesday April 14, 2021 9:00am - 9:10am PDT
Virtual 1

9:10am PDT

OpenLEADR and LF Energy: the First 100 Days - Stan Janssen, ElaadNL Foundation
Stan Janssen is the lead developer of an open source implementation of the OpenADR protocol, called OpenLEADR. He will speak about the "first 100 days" of open sourcing a product, what it means for protocol implementations to be open sourced, and the specific benefits of collaborating the LF Energy and the broader development community. During the presentation, Stan will touch on technical considerations for your open source product, the legal considerations, but most importantly, what collaboration with the broader community can bring to your organization. During the first 100 days, the response to OpenLEADR has been positive and constructive, with contributions from people all over the world, that come together to improve the product and to collectively share ideas and use cases.

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Stan Janssen

Technical Specialist, ElaadNL Foundation
ElaadNL has been at the forefront of the electric vehicle charging infrastructure market, developing many of the open standards that are in use all over the world today. Stan Janssen has been developing applications and systems for Smart Electric Vehicle Charging for over five years... Read More →



Wednesday April 14, 2021 9:10am - 9:40am PDT
Virtual 1

9:10am PDT

FledgePower: A Protocol Translation Gateway for Power Systems - Akli Rahmoun, RTE & Daniel Lazaro, OSISOFT
Various protocols (IEC 104, IEC 61850, IEC TASE.2, OPC UA, KAFKA pubsub, …) are implemented to operate a transmission system from local to centralized levels. The combination of protocols to be supported is huge as a legacy of protocols may remain for years. Therefore the ability to translate from one protocol to another is a key feature for every TSO. As the needs are growing and the number of use cases are flourishing, we are incented to look for a highly efficient, secured and cost effective solution. The newly launched FledgePower project under the Linux Foundation Energy aims to tackle this challenge by achieving the development of that use case and building a dedicated community of users and developers to support it. FledgePower will embed Fledge focusing on the protocols translation. A strong cooperation with the Fledge (LF EDGE project) community will be ensured.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Lazaro

Daniel Lazaro

Senior Technical Program Manager, OSISOFT
Daniel currently serves as a Senior Technical Program Manager at the CTO office at OSIsoft, focusing on technology, research and innovation projects related to IIoT, Open Source and Energy. Daniel acts as technical liaison for strategic organizations and represents OSIsoft at various... Read More →
avatar for Akli Rahmoun

Akli Rahmoun

Technical Leader, RTE - Réseau de Transport d'Electricité
Currently working for RTE (Réseau de Transport d'Electricité), the French TSO, as a software architect and technical leader on the Multi Protocol Gateway project. Prior to joining the Multi Protocol Gateway project, Akli has spend 15 years working in the development of business... Read More →



Wednesday April 14, 2021 9:10am - 9:40am PDT
Virtual 2
  Project Highlights
  • Slides Included Yes

9:40am PDT

Measuring the Open and Sustainable Technology World - Tobias Augspurger, protontypes
Tobias Augspurger and the protontypes community have launched a unique effort to track all active and sustainable open source projects worldwide. Thus, decision-makers, engineers and scientists can get an overview of which open and environmentally friendly technology projects exist in order to cooperate, strengthen transparent decision making and spread innovations in areas like renewable energies worldwide. In addition, it will also highlight areas where innovation is lacking and projects need further support. We want to share the experiences we made during the creation of OpenSustain.tech with the open-source community to identify future tasks, opportunities and risks: * Standing on the Shoulder of Giants * The discovery problem of Open Source Projects * The genesis of OpenSustain.tech * Hidden gems and new champions * How make OpenSustain.tech a self-sustainable community project.

Speakers
avatar for Tobias Augspurger

Tobias Augspurger

Aerospace Engineer and Climate Scientist, protontypes
Founder of opensustain.tech and protontypes, an open accelerator for free and sustainable technology. He works as a software developer and aerospace engineer in climate research at the Juelich Research Center. Previously, he was able to pioneer the application of open source in the... Read More →



Wednesday April 14, 2021 9:40am - 10:10am PDT
Virtual 1

9:40am PDT

OperatorFabric - Floris van der Meulen & Jeroen Gommans, Alliander
To perform their duties, an operator has to interact with multiple applications (perform actions, watch for alerts, etc.), which can prove difficult if there are too many of them. The idea is to aggregate all the notifications from all these applications into a single screen and to allow the operator to act on them if needed.

Speakers
avatar for Jeroen Gommans

Jeroen Gommans

Jeroen Gommans, Alliander
Jeroen is a software specialist with a broad software experience, ranging from embedded software to more than 10 years in Java and database applications. Since 2011 he is self employed and is currently working as a Java developer for Alliander. Jeroen holds a Professional Doctorate... Read More →
avatar for Floris van der Meulen

Floris van der Meulen

Business Analist, Alliander
My personal strength lies in connecting, bringing things together. I dig into complex issues and work in an analytical and solution-oriented way.I now use my relevant work experience in the energy sector for Alliander to prepare our energy landscape for the future.



Wednesday April 14, 2021 9:40am - 10:10am PDT
Virtual 2
  Project Highlights
  • Slides Included Yes

10:10am PDT

Building the Green Energy Hub - Fedder Skovgaard & Martin Hansen, Energinet
Energinet DK and Microsoft CSE began working together in September 2020 to build a minimum viable project, the Green Energy Hub. This project is to be published as an open source project but the project began laying the foundation of collaborative practices, governance with a view to the future and wider use through outbound sharing.

Speakers

Wednesday April 14, 2021 10:10am - 10:40am PDT
Virtual 1

10:10am PDT

CoMPAS in Next Generation Substation Automation - Sander Jansen & Rob Tjalma, Alliander
Rob and Sander will adress the current state of substation automation and the need for change. The future architecture of substation automation based on CIM and IEC61850 and the role of CoMPAS end Seapath within the LF energy functional architecture. Rob and Sander will adres the CoMPAS use-cases, CoMPAS roadmap, CoMPAS architecture and Technical choices, Current developments within CoMPAS (including openSCD) (e.g. CI setup) and the Community collaboration/interaction (communication channels) and health (size).

Speakers
avatar for Sander Jansen

Sander Jansen

Product owner virtual substations, Alliander
I'm educated in bachelor degree in electrical engineering. I have more than 10 years’ experience in the DSO sector on the edge of business/IT/OT and have knowledge about applying IEC 61850 and IEC CIM. I'm now product owner of team virtual substations to bring system operations... Read More →
avatar for Rob Tjalma

Rob Tjalma

Developer, Alliander
Rob is a Software Engineer specialised in the Java stack, working at Team Rockstars IT. After working at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute and the Thales Group, Rob is now hired by Alliander to work on the CoMPAS project.



Wednesday April 14, 2021 10:10am - 10:40am PDT
Virtual 2
  Project Highlights
  • Slides Included Yes

10:40am PDT

Building an Open Source Strategy at a Power Grid Operator - Lucian Balea, RTE
In 2018, RTE (the power transmission system operator in France) decided to embrace open source and to place it at the heart of its digitalization strategy. This shift was motivated by the necessity to increase tenfold the speed, cost-efficiency and innovation of core-business software development projects. Indeed, a disruptive approach was needed to support the energy transition while preserving operational performance. The session will present the "think big - start small - fail fast" approach adopted by RTE to build its open source strategy, addressing key topics such as executive support, internal transformation and community building. During this journey, RTE had to tackle various issues both at the enterprise level (legal, business case, procurement) and at the project level (onboarding, cultural change, best practices).

Speakers
avatar for Lucian Balea

Lucian Balea

R&D Program Director and Open Source Manager, RTE
Lucian is R&D Program Director and open source manager at RTE. He is leading the open source strategy of RTE which aims at moving the digitalization of the power grid into a new era. Early 2018 he started a collaboration with The Linux Foundation to launch LF Energy, an open source... Read More →



Wednesday April 14, 2021 10:40am - 11:10am PDT
Virtual 1

10:40am PDT

SEAPATH: Virtualization for Real-time Power Grid Substation Automation - Eloi Bail, Savoir-faire Linux & Robin Massink, Alliander
The Power grid substation automation is moving toward virtualization. In order to facilitate this transition it is necessary to have a reference design and industrial grade open source real-time platform that can run virtualized automation and protection applications (for the power grid industry and potentially beyond). Several solutions already exist but they cover only part of the needs. That's why the project aims to assemble the right packages with as few specific developments as possible. The effort is put on testing to ensure that all the parts, hardware and software fulfill the needs. The first part of the presentation is about the virtualization platform which is built from the yocto project. The second part is about, a suite of test tools based on the IEC61850 standard that will validate that the platform can indeed host automation and protection applications.

Speakers
avatar for Eloi Bail

Eloi Bail

Director of Operations, Savoir-faire Linux
Eloi holds a degree in software engineering from ENSSAT in Lannion (France) with an exchange year and internship at Tampere University of Technology (Finland). Eloi began his career in Paris where he worked for 3 years at NDS (then Cisco), world leader in software solutions for video... Read More →
avatar for Robin Massink

Robin Massink

Security Specialist, Alliander
Robin Massink holds a degree in electrical engineering from HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. Robin has various experience from repairing pioneer car radio's, VDO and dayton navigation systems to R&D. In 2009 he joined DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 10:40am - 11:10am PDT
Virtual 2

11:10am PDT

Panel: Integrating Prosumer Distributed Energy Resource into Control Room Transactive Controls - Laurent Schmitt, Digital4Grids; Mark Van Stiphout, European Commission; Michael Villa, Smarten; Natalie Samovich, Enercoutim
The Energy System is expected to face a rapid transformation within the next 10 years to enable new net zero carbon ambitions now adopted by continents such as Europe. This indirectly means an acceleration of gridedge electrification with an exponential growth of IoT technologies to control and manage Heat Pump, Photovoltaics and Smart Charging particularly. This acceleration represents in the same time a risk to Grid operators in view of potential congestion constaints to the electrical system as well as a significant opportunity to foster prosumer flexibility into real-time markets for intraday energy exchanges, balancing as well as coordinated TSO-DSO congestion management. This requires to rethink Grid Control architectures to enable new BYODER approaches through the real-time orchestration of Distributed Energy Ressources through layers of IoT Platforms.

Speakers
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Mark Van Stiphout

Deputy Head of Unit - Research and Innovation at DG Energy, European Commission
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Michael Villa

Executive Director, Smarten
avatar for Laurent Schmitt

Laurent Schmitt

CEO, Digital4Grids
Laurent Schmitt has founded Digital4Grids early January 2021 acting as CEO. He has been working for the last 25 years through the Automation, IT and Digitisation of the Power Industry. Before creating Digital4Grids, he has been the Secretary General of ENTSO-E for 4 years and Global... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 11:10am - 11:40am PDT
Virtual 1

11:40am PDT

Closing Remarks
Wednesday April 14, 2021 11:40am - 11:50am PDT
Virtual 1

3:00pm PDT

Keynote: Welcome + Opening Remarks - Shuli Goodman, Executive Director, LF Energy
Speakers
avatar for Shuli Goodman

Shuli Goodman

Executive Director, LF Energy
Shuli Goodman is the founder and Executive Director of LF Energy, a new Linux Foundation project that supports open source innovation in the energy and electricity sectors. LF Energy’s ambition is to accelerate the energy transition and the decarbonization of the world’s economies... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 3:00pm - 3:20pm PDT
Virtual 1

3:20pm PDT

Keynote: Transforming Schneider Electric with Cloud, Microservices and Automation - Cheryl Hung, VP of Ecosystem, Cloud Native Computing Foundation
Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Hung

Cheryl Hung

VP Ecosystem, Cloud Native Computing Foundation
Cheryl Hung is VP Ecosystem at the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, where she drives adoption of cloud native infrastructure. As a non-profit under the Linux Foundation, the CNCF hosts open source projects including Kubernetes, Prometheus and Envoy.She founded the 5000+ strong Cloud... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 3:20pm - 3:25pm PDT
Virtual 1

3:25pm PDT

Break
Wednesday April 14, 2021 3:25pm - 3:30pm PDT
Virtual 1

3:30pm PDT

3:30pm PDT

Local Power Distribution - Bruce Nordman, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Internet technology succeeded by rejecting fundamental tenets of the telephony technology it replaced. Highly functional microgrids can be created with a similar rejection of traditional power distribution technology approaches. Local Power Distribution organizes electricity within (and between) buildings from the bottom-up, on a network model, pervasively digitally managed, and with much greater use of Direct Current than we have today.

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Nordman

Bruce Nordman

Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Bruce Nordman is a Research Scientist with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His work focuses on the intersection of energy use and efficiency with IT network technology, at all layers. Current projects include advancing technologies for communicating (highly) dynamic electricity... Read More →



Wednesday April 14, 2021 3:30pm - 3:45pm PDT
Virtual 1
  Microgrids
  • Slides Included Yes

3:45pm PDT

Blockchains for Use in Data Management in Energy Microgrids - George Blumberg, Oxford Brookes University
This presentation describes the application of distributed ledger technology (DLT), also known as blockchains, as a tool to manage data in renewable energy microgrids. The blockchain is best known as the enabling technology for cryptocurrencies, but more interesting uses in the Built Environment are for allowing a certain degree of autonomy in data collection within smart cities. One particularly promising application is in distributed renewable energy microgrids, Microgrids are networks of closely located renewable energy production, consumption, and storage devices and pose significant challenges in data management. These systems are set to feature prominently in the transition to a low-carbon energy infrastructure. With the use of a logic engine the sequentially recorded data can be converted into a relational database and therefore allowing reconciliation amongst members.

Speakers
avatar for George Blumberg

George Blumberg

Dr, Oxford Brookes University
Dr George Blumberg is a senior lecturer in the School of the Built Environment. He was educated at the George Washington University as a mechanical engineer and subsequently worked in the construction industry as a site surveyor. He later became the head engineer of the Marine Seismic... Read More →



Wednesday April 14, 2021 3:45pm - 4:00pm PDT
Virtual 1
  Microgrids
  • Slides Included Yes

3:45pm PDT

Where Blockchain Makes Sense in the Power Sector - Amanda Ahl, BloombergNEF
Decarbonization and decentralization of energy systems go hand-in-hand in meeting net zero emission goals. The energy transition needs decentralized digital systems to match, and this is where blockchain can play a crucial role. Amanda explains blockchain, including recent advancements, common misconceptions and interplay with other digital technologies. She outlines key utility use cases for which blockchain makes sense in the next five years, and cases that will be more of a long-term play. Amanda exemplifies interesting use cases by covering utility projects, partnerships and startups. Finally, she shares specific recommendations on how we may move forward in terms of blockchain adoption in the power sector.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Ahl

Amanda Ahl

Digital Industry Analyst, BloombergNEF
Amanda has a PhD in Technology Management, and is an analyst on the Digital Industry team at BloombergNEF. At BNEF, Amanda's research is focused on how digital technologies will impact the power sector, such as smart grid or blockchain applications. She has been spoken at numerous... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 3:45pm - 4:05pm PDT
Virtual 2

4:00pm PDT

Powering the Next Generation of Energy Through Open Source Collaboration - Jason Shepherd, ZEDEDA, Inc.
We are entering the era of the ecosystem and service economy, with offerings increasingly driven by a network effect spanning multiple entities and backed by a significant service component. Leading providers will be those that create differentiated value through services, domain knowledge and necessarily unique software and hardware — not those that are reinventing foundational infrastructure over and over again. This applies to all verticals, and especially the energy space as macro challenges require industry collaboration to enable providers to thrive while enabling better experiences for end consumers. As part of this it is critical to foster both open interoperability and develop tools to ensure trust and data confidence. In this session, Jason will talk to key considerations for building data, security and orchestration software infrastructure for the energy market through open source collaboration. He will also share lessons-learned from seeding and helping to grow the Linux Foundation’s EdgeX Foundry project which recently surpassed 7 million global downloads. Finally, he will share insights on how LF Energy’s mission can be further accelerated by through complementary efforts in the technology ecosystem.

Speakers
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Jason Shepherd

VP of Ecosystem, ZEDEDA
Jason Shepherd is VP of Ecosystem at edge orchestration company ZEDEDA. Prior to joining ZEDEDA, Jason was CTO for the Dell Technologies Edge and IoT Solutions Division. His proven track record as a thought leader in the market is evidenced through his leadership building up the award-winning... Read More →



Wednesday April 14, 2021 4:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Virtual 2

4:00pm PDT

A Ground Up, Flexible Architecture for Building the Grid - Jorge Elizondo, Heila Technology
The deployment of renewable energy in the form of distributed energy resources (DERs) is growing at an accelerated rate, but this trend is being partly capped by the grid’s ability to manage them. Microgrids can help accommodate more renewables and increase the overall system resiliency, but today's systems suffer from technology incompatibility, operational complexity, and design inflexibility, which severely limit their adoption. Heila's novel approach to control and optimize microgrids overcomes the above challenges. It works by converting every DER into an intelligent agent that can interact with others and optimize the system by self-coordinating their operation in a fully distributed way. Details are presented on how this approach leads to a ground-up construction of the grid with inherent flexibility and modularity, and how an open platform is the best way to achieve it.

Speakers
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Jorge Elizondo

Chief Technology Officer, Heila Technology
Dr. Jorge Elizondo is the CTO and co-founder of Heila Technologies, an MIT spin-off dedicated to simplifying the deployment, operation, and optimization of microgrids and other systems with distributed energy resources. Jorge received his PhD from MIT in 2016 where he worked on microgrid... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 4:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Virtual 1

4:30pm PDT

Zephyr's Path to Safety Certification - Kate Stewart, The Linux Foundation
As we transition to renewable energy sources playing a larger role in our energy infrastructure,  there are more IoT devices being connected to the networks to provide information.   Sensors and actuators are going to need to communicate reliably with the edge devices and up to the cloud, so more effective decisions can be made.  Some of these devices are also going to have dependability and safety requirements associated with them.  This session will provide a short overview of the Zephyr RTOS which was started 5 years ago, with the goal of being a safe and secure RTOS for resource constrained devices that could be used where Linux is not an option. There will be a focus on some of the capabilities that the project has nurtured in order to have security with these constrained devices, as well as steps being taken to enable it to be used in applications that have safety requirements and may be required conformance to safety standards.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Stewart

Kate Stewart

VP of Dependable Embedded Systems, The Linux Foundation
Kate Stewart works with the safety, security and license compliance communities to advance the adoption of best practices into embedded open source projects. Kate was one of the founders of SPDX, and is currently the specification coordinator. Since joining The Linux Foundation, she... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 4:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
Virtual 2

4:30pm PDT

Open DC Grid - Microgrid Standard Based on Open Source for Energy Access Applications - James Gula, JLG Consulting & Martin Jäger, Libre Solar Technologies GmbH
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.

Speakers
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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 promoting open source technologies for energy access applications. He is the founder of the Libre Solar Project, which aims at developing building blocks for off-grid renewable energy systems as open hardware. He is also a maintainer... Read More →



Wednesday April 14, 2021 4:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
Virtual 1
  Microgrids
  • Slides Included Yes

5:00pm PDT

Applications in RIAPS - Ken Dulaney, FREEDM at NC State
This presentation will describe the RIAPS platform, its capabilities, and sample applications. It will also outline the project roadmap for future development and end with a call for attendees to join the training cohort for the platform.

Speakers
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Ken Dulaney

Director of Industry and Innovation, FREEDM at NC State
Ken is Director of Industry and Innovation at the FREEDM Systems Center, a smart grid research center headquartered at NC State. In this role, he manages industry relationships for the Center, promotes the commercialization of center-developed technologies, and helps students make... Read More →



Wednesday April 14, 2021 5:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
Virtual 1
  Microgrids
  • Slides Included Yes

5:00pm PDT

Using ISO 5230, The International Standard For Open Source License Compliance - Shane Coughlan, Linux Foundation
This talk will introduce and explain ISO 5230, the International Standard for open source license compliance. It will focus on practical understanding and adoption, explaining how user companies created a simple, effective and efficient standard to reduce errors and resource costs associated with open source compliance. Case studies will be used to illustrate real-world deployment across multiple industry sectors. We will end with an explicit walk-through of how your company can utilize the standard in the context of internal software process management and your external supply chain. This talk will help empower companies new to ISO 5230 and companies early in their adoption cycle to clearly frame the cost and benefits of engagement, and provide them with the tools to make full use of the standard.

Speakers
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Shane Martin Coughlan

OpenChain General Manager, Linux Foundation
Shane Coughlan is an expert in communication, security and business development. His professional accomplishments include spearheading the licensing team that elevated Open Invention Network into the largest patent non-aggression community in history, establishing the leading professional... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 5:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
Virtual 2

5:30pm PDT

Towards an Open Software Defined Power System Fueled By Open Source and AI - Ibrahim Haddad, LF AI & Data Foundation
Since the early 2000s, industries have been going through their digital transformation moving away from proprietary hardware and software systems to open designs and open source software. The Energy sector is next and ripe for that transformation leading the way to open software defined grid. In this talk, Haddad will briefly present on how companies in various industries have led this transformation and focus on the role of open source and AI in future Energy and Power Systems planning and execution.

Speakers
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Ibrahim Haddad

Executive Director, LF AI
Dr. Ibrahim Haddad is the Executive Director of the LF AI Foundation. ​​Throughout his career, Haddad has held technology and portfolio management roles at Ericsson Research, the Open Source Development Lab, Motorola, Palm, Hewlett-Packard and Samsung Research. ​He is known... Read More →



Wednesday April 14, 2021 5:30pm - 6:00pm PDT
Virtual 1

6:00pm PDT

Break
Wednesday April 14, 2021 6:00pm - 6:10pm PDT
Virtual 1

6:10pm PDT

Price-Based Grid Coordination - Bruce Nordman, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Internet technology is wildly successful in part because of its elegant design and adherence to principles that result in, and are based in, simplicity, scalability, and universality. We can apply this to energy systems to use a simple mechanism (one-way pricing), use it in all contexts (countries, building types, wholesale markets, retail sales, and internally within buildings), and at any power level. This is the essence of Price-Based Grid Coordination (PBGC). This talk focuses on PBGC for retail electricity customers. The core is a system architecture for how prices and control signals move from the utility grid to individual DER in buildings, including the specific communication protocols involve. It will also cover underlying principles that led to its design, and needs going forward in general, and for LFE specifically.

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Nordman

Bruce Nordman

Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Bruce Nordman is a Research Scientist with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His work focuses on the intersection of energy use and efficiency with IT network technology, at all layers. Current projects include advancing technologies for communicating (highly) dynamic electricity... Read More →



Wednesday April 14, 2021 6:10pm - 6:40pm PDT
Virtual 1

6:10pm PDT

FledgePower a Protocol Translation Gateway for Power Systems - Akli Rahmoun, RTE & Daniel Lazaro, OSISOFT
Various protocols (IEC 104, IEC 61850, IEC TASE.2, OPC UA, KAFKA pubsub, …) are implemented to operate a transmission system from local to centralized levels. The combination of protocols to be supported is huge as a legacy of protocols may remain for years. Therefore the ability to translate from one protocol to another is a key feature for every TSO. As the needs are growing and the number of use cases are flourishing, we are incented to look for a highly efficient, secured and cost effective solution. The newly launched FledgePower project under the Linux Foundation Energy aims to tackle this challenge by achieving the development of that use case and building a dedicated community of users and developers to support it. FledgePower will embed Fledge focusing on the protocols translation. A strong cooperation with the Fledge (LF EDGE project) community will be ensured.

Speakers
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Daniel Lazaro

Senior Technical Program Manager, OSISOFT
Daniel currently serves as a Senior Technical Program Manager at the CTO office at OSIsoft, focusing on technology, research and innovation projects related to IIoT, Open Source and Energy. Daniel acts as technical liaison for strategic organizations and represents OSIsoft at various... Read More →
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Akli Rahmoun

Technical Leader, RTE - Réseau de Transport d'Electricité
Currently working for RTE (Réseau de Transport d'Electricité), the French TSO, as a software architect and technical leader on the Multi Protocol Gateway project. Prior to joining the Multi Protocol Gateway project, Akli has spend 15 years working in the development of business... Read More →



Wednesday April 14, 2021 6:10pm - 6:40pm PDT
Virtual 2
  Project Highlights
  • Slides Included Yes

6:40pm PDT

How can Connected Lighting Systems be Configured to Respond to OpenADR 2.0b Price Signals? - Shat Pratoomratana & Michael Poplawski, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
The growth in the penetration of renewable energy and distributed energy resources has caused the power grid to shift from a centralized system to a more distributed one, leading to increased reliability and resiliency issues. DER flexibility can be used to mitigate these issues by providing grid services. Lighting systems have not been traditionally used this way. However, the evolving communication capabilities of Connected Lighting Systems (CLS) enable them to utilize their flexibility. This research explores how CLS could be configured to respond to OpenADR 2.0b pricing signals in a way that balances occupant and grid needs by creating price vs. power demand curves. A variety of demand curves were explored to evaluate how they facilitate meeting specific objectives. The results show that demand curves can be designed to meet and balance many common building owner/operator needs.

Speakers
avatar for Shat Pratoomratana

Shat Pratoomratana

Electrical Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Shat joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in 2019 as a Post Masters Research Associate and is currently an Associate Electrical Engineer. Before joining PNNL he spent a year as an intern studying and implementing solutions to improve the reliability of semiconductor... Read More →
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Michael Poplawski

Electrical Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Michael joined PNNL in 2009 as a Senior Engineer following twelve years in the commercial semiconductor industry, where his work experience included device engineering and reliability, circuit design, application support, and technical marketing. His current research efforts, supported... Read More →



Wednesday April 14, 2021 6:40pm - 7:10pm PDT
Virtual 1

6:40pm PDT

OperatorFabric - Floris van der Meulen & Jeroen Gommans, Alliander
To perform their duties, an operator has to interact with multiple applications (perform actions, watch for alerts, etc.), which can prove difficult if there are too many of them. The idea is to aggregate all the notifications from all these applications into a single screen and to allow the operator to act on them if needed.

Speakers
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Jeroen Gommans

Jeroen Gommans, Alliander
Jeroen is a software specialist with a broad software experience, ranging from embedded software to more than 10 years in Java and database applications. Since 2011 he is self employed and is currently working as a Java developer for Alliander. Jeroen holds a Professional Doctorate... Read More →
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Floris van der Meulen

Business Analist, Alliander
My personal strength lies in connecting, bringing things together. I dig into complex issues and work in an analytical and solution-oriented way.I now use my relevant work experience in the energy sector for Alliander to prepare our energy landscape for the future.



Wednesday April 14, 2021 6:40pm - 7:10pm PDT
Virtual 2
  Project Highlights
  • Slides Included Yes

7:10pm PDT

CoMPAS in Next Generation Substation Automation - Sander Jansen & Rob Tjalma, Alliander
Rob and Sander will adress the current state of substation automation and the need for change. The future architecture of substation automation based on CIM and IEC61850 and the role of CoMPAS end Seapath within the LF energy functional architecture. Rob and Sander will adres the CoMPAS use-cases, CoMPAS roadmap, CoMPAS architecture and Technical choices, Current developments within CoMPAS (including openSCD) (e.g. CI setup) and the Community collaboration/interaction (communication channels) and health (size).

Speakers
avatar for Sander Jansen

Sander Jansen

Product owner virtual substations, Alliander
I'm educated in bachelor degree in electrical engineering. I have more than 10 years’ experience in the DSO sector on the edge of business/IT/OT and have knowledge about applying IEC 61850 and IEC CIM. I'm now product owner of team virtual substations to bring system operations... Read More →
avatar for Rob Tjalma

Rob Tjalma

Developer, Alliander
Rob is a Software Engineer specialised in the Java stack, working at Team Rockstars IT. After working at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute and the Thales Group, Rob is now hired by Alliander to work on the CoMPAS project.



Wednesday April 14, 2021 7:10pm - 7:40pm PDT
Virtual 2
  Project Highlights
  • Slides Included Yes

7:40pm PDT

SEAPATH: Virtualization for Real-time Power Grid Substation Automation - Eloi Bail, Savoir-faire Linux & Robin Massink, Alliander
The Power grid substation automation is moving toward virtualization. In order to facilitate this transition it is necessary to have a reference design and industrial grade open source real-time platform that can run virtualized automation and protection applications (for the power grid industry and potentially beyond). Several solutions already exist but they cover only part of the needs. That's why the project aims to assemble the right packages with as few specific developments as possible. The effort is put on testing to ensure that all the parts, hardware and software fulfill the needs. The first part of the presentation is about the virtualization platform which is built from the yocto project. The second part is about, a suite of test tools based on the IEC61850 standard that will validate that the platform can indeed host automation and protection applications.

Speakers
avatar for Eloi Bail

Eloi Bail

Director of Operations, Savoir-faire Linux
Eloi holds a degree in software engineering from ENSSAT in Lannion (France) with an exchange year and internship at Tampere University of Technology (Finland). Eloi began his career in Paris where he worked for 3 years at NDS (then Cisco), world leader in software solutions for video... Read More →
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Robin Massink

Security Specialist, Alliander
Robin Massink holds a degree in electrical engineering from HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. Robin has various experience from repairing pioneer car radio's, VDO and dayton navigation systems to R&D. In 2009 he joined DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 7:40pm - 8:10pm PDT
Virtual 2

8:10pm PDT

Closing Remarks
Wednesday April 14, 2021 8:10pm - 8:20pm PDT
Virtual 1
 
  • Timezone
  • Filter By Venue Virtual Event
  • Filter By Type
  • Best Practices in Open Source Development / Lessons Learned
  • Break
  • Certifying Open Source Projects & Compliance
  • DevOps + Cloud Native + Microservices
  • Growing & Sustaining Open Source Projects
  • Keynote
  • Microgrids
  • Open Source Program Office (OSPO) / TODO Group
  • Organizational Transformation
  • Power System Network Operations for the Future
  • Price-Based Grid Coordination
  • Project Highlights
  • Social + Technical + Economic Directions
  • Slides Included