The Linux Foundation has formed a new energy-related venture as it bids to “transform the energy mix across the world”.

LF Energy has been established to “speed technological innovation” in the power sector, with a range of projects launched to tackle elements of the energy transition pertaining to software, such as smart grid controls and ‘smart assistants’ for transmission systems operators.

The “umbrella organisation” will support open source projects in a bid to nurture the development of information and communication technologies deemed critical to the energy market as it evolves.

Its focus will be on developing open APIs and interfaces and reusable components, which can then be adopted into software platforms and solutions for use within the wider “energy ecosystem”.

The Linux Foundation said that developing this “plumbing” upon a common infrastructure would allow energy firms and solution providers to reduce cost and complexity of integrating energy systems.

LF Energy will see the Linux Foundation collaborate with RTE, the European transmission power systems provider; trade body the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E); Vandebilt University and the Electric Power Research Institute.

Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation, said: “With the technical and operational guidance of the Linux Foundation, LF Energy will create a sustainable ecosystem to quickly and efficiently deliver robust, secure and innovative solutions.

“Our goal with LF Energy is to deliver value as quickly as possible to help our stakeholders advance their business goals, strengthen local and global economies, and improve renewable energy and grid modernisation.”

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