Project: Improvivng the robustness of urban electricity networks

Acronym IRENE (Reference Number: 4211064)
Duration 01/05/2014 - 31/10/2016
Project Topic In the smart city of tomorrow, energy generation and consumption will differ significantly from what we know today. Energy distribution system operators both existing and new, will be enabled to balance demand and supply by using smart grid technology. Much energy demand (heating, cooling and electricity) will be supplied by decentralized renewable energy and most of the new buildings will be able to produce and even store energy. IRENE aims at using evaluating how a decentralized energy generation in urban areas can allocate energy to supply critical infrastructures, should long term power outages occur. Its focus is on power outages caused by cyber-attacks and how dependability of urban electricity grids and their ICT infrastructure can be improved to overcome and mitigate these attacks through both social and technical means. The main goals are: • Design means to stop cascading energy system/energy dependent system failures by utilizing: islanding of both grid and ICT infrastructure (continuing operation autonomously) • Perform a quantitative model-based evaluation of developed example scenarios to evaluate security and dependability of the Smart Grids and connected infrastructures • Develop methods and policies for rating infrastructures criticality, minimum operational power requirements and dependencies, and smart grid configuration • Provide an analysis framework by which to evaluate the robustness of a given city scenario for different attacks.
Network JPI Urban Europe
Call JPI Urban Europe 2nd Call

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
4211064 FTW Forschungszentrum Telekommunikation Wien GmbH Coordinator Austria
4211214 Università degli Studi di Firenze - Department of Mathematics and Informatics Partner Italy
4211693 Ethos Vo Ltd Partner United Kingdom
4212430 University of Twente - CTIT Partner Netherlands
4220023 Queen Mary University of London - School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science Partner United Kingdom