Introduction

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Open Energy Management System

OpenEMS — the Open Source Energy Management System — is a modular platform for energy management applications. It was developed around the requirements of monitoring, controlling, and integrating energy storage together with renewable energy sources and complementary devices and services like electric vehicle charging stations, heat-pumps, electrolysers, time-of-use electricity tariffs and more.

If you plan to use OpenEMS for your own projects, please consider joining the OpenEMS Association e.V. , a network of universities, hardware manufacturers, software companies as well as commercial and private owners, and get in touch in the OpenEMS Community forum .

OpenEMS in »Local Energy Management«

Local Energy Management

OpenEMS in »Areal Energy Management«

Areal Energy Management

OpenEMS IoT stack

The OpenEMS 'Internet of Things' stack contains three main components:

  • OpenEMS Edge runs on site, communicates with devices and services, collects data and executes control algorithms

  • OpenEMS UI is the real-time user interface for web browsers and smartphones

  • OpenEMS Backend runs on a (cloud) server, connects the decentralized Edge systems and provides aggregation, monitoring and control via internet

Features

The OpenEMS software architecture was designed to leverage some features that are required by a modern and flexible Energy Management System:

  • Fast, PLC-like control of devices

  • Easily extendable due to the use of modern programming languages and modular architecture

  • Reusable, device independent control algorithms due to clear device abstraction

  • Wide range of supported devices and protocols

OpenEMS UI Screenshots

OpenEMS UI Live View
OpenEMS UI History View

System architecture

OpenEMS is generally used in combination with external hardware and software components (the exception is a simulated development environment - see Getting Started). As a brief overview, this is how OpenEMS is used in production setups:

OpenEMS system architecture
Figure 1. OpenEMS system architecture

Development guidelines

Development follows the Agile Manifesto and is driven by the Scrum methodology. The source code is available online at openems.io and on GitHub . New versions are released after every Scrum Sprint and tagged accordingly. Version numbers are built using the pattern year.number of sprint, e.g. version 2020.14.0 is the result of the 14th sprint in 2020. Git development follows the Gitflow Workflow, so the master branch always holds the stable release, while active development is happening on the develop branch or in separate feature branches.

For Edge and Backend Java development we recommend the Eclipse IDE . For the UI (TypeScript + Angular.io) we recommend Visual Studio Code . The documentation is generated using AsciiDoc . For handling git we recommend Sourcetree by Atlassian .

Open Source philosophy

The OpenEMS project is driven by the OpenEMS Association e.V., a network of users, vendors and scientific institutions from all kinds of areas like hardware manufacturers, software companies, grid operators and more. They share the common target of developing a free and open-source platform for energy management, that supports the 100 % energy transition.

We are inviting third parties to use OpenEMS for their own projects and are glad to support them with their first steps. In any case if you are interested in OpenEMS we would be glad to hear from you in the OpenEMS Community forum.

OpenEMS development was started by FENECON GmbH, a German company specialized in manufacturing and project development of energy storage systems. It is the software stack behind FEMS - FENECON Energy Management System and widely used in private, commercial and industrial applications.

OpenEMS is funded by several federal and EU funding projects. If you are a developer and you would like to get hired by one of the partner companies or universities for working on OpenEMS, please send your motivation letter to info@openems.io.

License

  • OpenEMS Edge

  • OpenEMS Backend

Copyright © 2016-2021 OpenEMS Association e.V., FENECON GmbH.

This product includes software developed at FENECON GmbH: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the Eclipse Public License version 2.0.

  • OpenEMS UI

Copyright © 2016-2021 OpenEMS Association e.V., FENECON GmbH.

This product includes software developed at FENECON GmbH: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License version 3.