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LF Energy’s New Open Source Project Helps Optimize Grid Capacity

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Vattenfall AB is a Swedish energy company that serves many parts of Europe. The company is fast evolving to embrace emerging technologies and renewable energy sources to reduce its own carbon footprint.

As the consumption of energy is growing, the company is looking at modern, software-driven technologies to optimize its grids so that power is available when and where it is needed.

Traditionally, like many other companies, Vattenfall has not been a software company, but they do realize the importance of digitalization and role of software, especially open source software, in the modern world.

“Software is more of a necessity rather than a business, but also I think more and more companies see the value of developing software together,” says Harald Klomp, Hub Manager at Vattenfall, talking about the role of open source.

Vincent Gliniewicz, Lead Data Strategist at Vattenfall, sees open source solving another major problem that’s standardization. He argues that traditionally, it takes way too long to agree on international standards, which means companies can’t move and react faster to needs.

Open source, in his opinion, speeds up the standardization process. “It [open source] could help generate a discussion, create a project where people can get active and engaged, and, through that, reach a better agreement,” says Gliniewicz.

The company recently joined the LF Energy foundation and created an open source project called the Grid Capacity Map, which aims to provide early capacity indication for grid connection needs in different grid locations and time.

The project helps energy companies access capacity faster and be more proactive in the dialogue with the customers to help them find space in the system.

Check the whole discussion in the video above.

Key highlights from this video interview are:

  • Gliniewicz discusses why Vattenfall decided to join LF Energy and the company’s motivations in joining the initiative.
  • Software is not Vattenfall’s core business, being a power utility. Klomp explains why it is beneficial for companies to develop software together, particularly when there may not be a solution available to buy on the market.
  • Klomp explains the role open source plays in the energy industry and its benefits. Gliniewicz discusses the challenges with international standards and how open source is helping to accelerate the standardization process.
  • Klomp explains the Grid Capacity Map they are working on and the methodology behind it. Gliniewicz discusses how it can help energy companies faster access capacity and be more proactive in the dialogue with the customers to help them find when there is more place to better leverage the system that the company builds for everybody and to allow them to start their electrification journey faster.
  • Gliniewicz details the potential users for the Grid Capacity Map and for what purposes they may use it. He discusses what stage the project is at now and what they are focusing on at the moment to get it ready for production release.
  • Vattenfall would like to invite other grid companies who need to do grid capacity calculation to join LF Energy. They also feel that grid calculation software providers would also benefit from the project, helping to improve the quality of the calculations.

Learn more about LF Energy (LinkedIn, Twitter)

Connect with Harald Klomp (LinkedIn) | Vincent Gliniewicz (LinkedIn)

The summary of the show is written by Emily Nicholls.

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