Open source tools for a new dynamic energy market. (GdOsolar Blog)

John Felipe Branch, renewable energiestechnologysoftware development

The future energy will mainly be distributed, with important production coming from solar energy and wind power and not only from very specific production spots. That means a need for interoperable systems between an increasing number of producers, distributors and operators.

Main topics to cover: Small and independent producers injecting to the grid. Charging for electric vehicles and discharging injecting back energy, i.e. acting as a battery. Real decarbonization monitorization. Flexibility of demand. It is not everything about increasing capacity, at peak times or when little energy is being produced the demand could as well go down, for example in exchange for compensation. Communications and compatibility with several IoT devices, monitoring the network for example smart meters.

How can these interoperable tools be built and used for several organisations? I have compiled some of the projects hosted by the Linux Foundation. Have a look at the projects here and below I have made a short summary of some of them:

The OpenADR Alliance was created to standardize, automate, and simplify Demand Response (DR) and Distributed Energy Resources (DER) to enable utilities and aggregators to cost-effectively manage growing energy demand & decentralized energy production, and customers to control their energy future. OpenADR is an open, highly secure, and two-way information exchange model and Smart Grid standard. Together we are creating the future of smart grid modernization today.

By providing an Autonomous Power Interchange System (APIS), Hyphae automatically and efficiently distributes locally-produced renewable energy over a DC grid. Microgrid software that will enable the connection of buildings, homes, and energy-consuming devices to energy-producing devices like storage, EV batteries, and PV. At the core of the software is physical peer-to-peer (P2P) trading, much like what happens in a forest between trees.

Connect smart meters and many other devices. Protocol translator, from functionalities to hardware. GXF can connect to a nearly endless number of devices, with no limit on the number of applications that control those devices.

Real Time Data Ingestion Platform (RTDIP) aims to provide easy access to high-volume, historical and real-time process data for analytics applications, engineers, and data scientists wherever they are.

The primary goal of EVerest is to develop and maintain an open source software stack for EV charging infrastructure. + integration with PV-installations.

Exchange of flexibility between aggregators (AGRs) and distribution system operators (DSOs) or between aggregators and transmission system operations (TSOs). 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. Its market structure, roles, rules and tools for the commoditization and trading of flexible energy usage work with existing and evolving energy markets.

Frontend. console for monitoring the status of a system.