The Linux Foundation, a prominent non-profit open-source technology consortium, embarked on an ambitious research study in 2022, focusing on the intricate challenges and promising opportunities associated with the democratization of microgrids through open-source tooling and collaboration. Microgrids are defined as a group of interconnected loads and distributed energy resources within electrical boundaries that acts as a single controllable entity with respect to the larger grid.
On the basis of their firm commitment to accelerating decarbonization efforts and fostering groundbreaking energy innovation, the Foundation hoped the study would support efforts to reduce carbon emissions and accelerate collaboration and innovation in the energy industry.
To execute this comprehensive endeavor, The Linux Foundation sought research help from the iF team’s Jessica Groopman and Jeff Lindstrom, with support from Peter Asmus, a distinguished subject matter expert from AutoGrid. Once complete, the study analyzed market trends, obstacles, and potential benefits of adopting open-source technologies in microgrids.
“We were impressed by the iF team’s dedication to detail and persistence in their research. Microgrids are a critical technology to support improved energy access, resilience, and decarbonization. iF synthesized information into a comprehensive report that will help make the open sourcing of this important technology more accessible and actionable for a wider group of stakeholders.”
The final report was published and made accessible to the public by the Linux Foundation, providing industry stakeholders with valuable information to drive the democratization of energy systems and the advancement of open-source technologies in the microgrid industry.
While the long-term impact of our collaboration is yet to be realized, the study will contribute to efforts to accelerate energy access and resilience, support decarbonization, and promote innovation in the Energy industry by offering guidance, potential solutions, and examples of successful open-source projects in microgrid development.