The controlroom of the future

In our ‘control room of the future’ we enhance the cyber security and resilience of the electricity grid

Alex Stefanov, Assistant Professor

A resilient grid

Digitisation is essential for modernising the electricity grid, but also exposes this vital infrastructure to cyber attacks. In our “control room of the future” we enhance the cyber security and resilience of the electricity grid.

Action and response

This “control room of the future” makes us more resilient and is structured so that the country cannot simply come to a grinding halt. These software solutions are being tested in the ESP Lab. In addition to innovative technologies, we develop response strategies and train grid operators. In doing so, we ensure optimum protection against external hazards.

Because sometimes things go wrong

Anyone who doubted that an electricity grid could be brought down from a simple laptop was given a demonstration on 17 December 2016 in Kiev. Some 20% of the capacity of energy company Ukrenergo was brought to a standstill after a targeted attack on a substation to the north of the Ukrainian capital. Cyber security companies blamed the attack on a piece of malware that was capable of identifying and deactivating circuit breakers, causing a power outage lasting more than an hour. By making use of artificial intelligence, we aim to develop a security system that can identify and prevent attacks, limit threats, and help grid operators to resolve incidents.

Curious how we can innovate together?

Alexandru Stefanov

Researcher at the Intelligent Electrical Power Grids-group at TU Delft

Discover it for yourself!

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