GXF launched to tackle ‘interoperability’ on power grid

Paul Barker | Feb 11, 2020 | The News

LF Energy, a Linux Foundation project, has announced, Grid eXchange Fabric (GXF), a scalable and technology-agnostic industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform that allows grid operators to securely collect data and monitor, control and manage smart devices on the grid.

Formerly known as Open Smart Grid Platform (OSGP), GXF was created by Dutch energy network firm Alliander and is the first project contributed by the company to the open-source community since joining LF Energy last October.

The latter’s mandate is to accelerate the decarbonization goals of the energy and electricity sectors through open-source technology

In recent years, grid operators have added operational hardware to the power grid that gathers data through IoT sensors to garner better insight into infrastructure performance.

Coupled with utility operational changes are the millions of distributed energy devices coming onto the grid, each of which requires vastly different tools and processes to ensure interoperability.

The purpose of GXF is to decrease the overall complexity and associated maintenance costs of accessing these devices by creating a single generic method of abstracting data access.

“We have the tools necessary to make our power grid more efficient and better for our environment, but we're running into a system integration problem at a global scale," says LF Energy executive director Dr. Shuli Goodman.

“Grid operators need a way to cut through the noise of different data access protocols to pull insights from smart devices directly. With the addition of GXF, the Grid eXchange Fabric, we will leverage the shared expertise of our community to tackle this problem head on."

According to a release, to fully realize the energy transition, GXF enables energy network operators to create advanced business applications across multiple use cases.

“For instance, Alliander is already using GXF to manage public streetlights in the Netherlands. Other grid operators have applied GXF as the head-end system, which allows for maximum data flexibility between smart meters and network operators, while some have used GXF to manage microgrids.

“Broadly, GXF will be used as a generic connectivity layer to collect and direct large volumes of data for asset monitoring and analytics. In this way, grid operators are preparing themselves to manage torrents of data at the edge of the grid through GXF.”

Further information is available at https://www.lfenergy.org.