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LF Energy Launches Digital Substation to Modernize Power Grid

By Ken Briodagh
July 08, 2020

According to a recent release, LF Energy, a Linux Foundation organization, GE Renewable Energy, Schneider Electric and RTE, together have launched the Digital Substation Automation Systems (DSAS) initiative to enhance the power grid's modularity, interoperability and scalability to accelerate the global effort toward carbon neutrality by 2050.

LF Energy, in partnership with GE Renewable Energy, Schneider Electric, RTE, Alliander, and other leading organizations in the energy sector, also launched the first project under DSAS: CoMPAS, or Configuration Modules for Power industry Automation Systems.

“As a global society, we are at a turning point in history,” said Dr. Shuli Goodman, Executive Director, LF Energy. “We either continue down our current path, or we thoroughly examine the processes and infrastructure in place and make real, meaningful changes that address the climate crisis directly. Our power grid is notoriously one of the greatest challenges for ending the climate crisis. With our CoMPAS project and other future DSAS projects, LF Energy and our members are proud to lead the charge in making 100% decarbonization a reality as we transform power grid infrastructure.”

LF Energy's DSAS initiative reportedly seeks to optimize electrical substations through deploying modern, open-source technology to turn them into digital substations that can more efficiently adjust to changes in power supply and demand through expanded dynamic protection settings, better data management capabilities and increased adaptive automation functions.

“Digital Substations are growing up and this is the first time that so many leaders in the energy space have come together to create software to speed up this technology,” said Philippe Brun, Solutions Product Manager, GE Renewable Energy. “Other industries have shown that collaborating with historical and new key stakeholders to develop open-source solutions for industry-wide problems only fuels faster innovation, interoperability, adoption and success. With the support of LF Energy, GE's Grid Automation is committed to collaborating on open-source projects like the DSAS initiative and CoMPAS to accelerate creating the electrical grid of the future.”


Ken Briodagh is a storyteller, writer and editor with about two decades of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

Edited by Ken Briodagh
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