Open Source is the heart of innovation. It allows software developers to quickly bring ideas to the marketplace faster.

The U.S. Department office of Energy and Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) is dedicated to moving America towards clean, affordable and secure energy. To accomplish its mission, EERE relies, in part, on open source projects. The organization’s documented Open Source Strategy is indicative of the energy sector’s reliance on open source software solutions.

In addition, renewable energy is the fastest-growing global energy source, according to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. In 2015, 24% of the world’s energy came from such sources as biomass, geothermal, solar, hydro, wind and biofuels. Economists predict the industry will increase to 31% by 2040. A number of energy companies and Open Invention Network members — including Hitachi, Johnson Controls, Yaskawa Electric Corporation and Pepperl+Fuchs are currently building solutions, which rely on open source tools to optimize their operations and reduce costs.

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Open source technology, especially Linux, drives innovation in areas that are critical to the customers that we serve, including technologies such as servers, storage, cloud, converged applications, big data and IoT. By joining Open Invention Network, we are demonstrating our continued commitment to open source technology, and supporting it with patent non-aggression in Linux.
Norihiro Suzuki, Vice President and Executive Officer - CTOHitachi