[PRESS RELEASE]Microgrid System Core Module (Power-interchange Management Software) Going Open Source


Promote locally produced & consumed renewable energy, work towards a sustainable society

On December 1, 2020, Sony CSL make its Autonomous Power Interchange System (APIS)—the power-interchange management software that comprises the core module of microgrid Open Energy System (OES) and the proprietary peer-to-peer (P2P) power interchange technology they develop—open source, meaning it will be freely available to the public.

Sony CSL has done pilot projects of microgrid OES related technologies in locations including Africa and Okinawa, Japan. At the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), we have provided power to faculty housing units for five years, confirming that our technology is both stable and practical. Sony CSL’s mission is to “carry out research for the future of humanity,” and if we are to fulfill that mission, it is our responsibility to deliver research results using the best methods available to us. 

We believe that making this technology open source will promote all sorts of open innovation, energizing a variety of stakeholders to come together, accelerating research into transformation towards renewable energy at universities and scientific institutes, and spurring the emergence of microgrid-related startups. 


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