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Design and development of a test environment to analyze the impact of cyber attacks on the electrical distribution network

Ioannis Moschos, David Lavérnia Ferrer, J.-I. Cairó

2016/5/20

Abstract

Extensive use of information and communication technology infrastructure (ICT) in today’s electrical networks is empowering the Smart Grid growth, but at the same time lays the foundation for cyber threats to the more vulnerable premises of the system. The purpose of this work is twofold. First, to build a simulation environment that covers the impact assessment of cyber attacks on a distribution network´s power components. Second, to propose a testbed architecture which will be comprised from the aforementioned simulation tool combined with a hardware-implemented microgrid. The final cyber-tophysical environment would provide a more accurate
embodiment of information data flow through real communication paths. This will enable developing, integrating and conceiving cyber attacks’ impact on realistic scenarios. The testbed environment would have a strong emphasis on Distributed Renewable Energy Resources (DER). The power system simulation tool used in this work is DIgSILENT Powerfactory. IREC’s microgrid SmartLab facilities are utilized in the complete test bed formulation.

Published in: Renewable Energy & Power Quality Journal (RE&PQJ),Vol. 1, Nº. 14
Pages:583-588 Date of Publication: 2016/5/20
ISSN: 2172-038X Date of Current Version:2016/5/4
REF:402-16 Issue Date: May 2016
DOI:10.24084/repqj14.402 Publisher: EA4EPQ

Authors and affiliations

Ioannis Moschos, David Lavérnia Ferrer, J. Ignasi Cairó
IREC, Catalonia Institute for Energy Research, Barcelona. Spain

Key words

cyber attack, distribution grid, power system simulation, DIgSILENT, DER

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