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A coordination action on ICT vulnerabilities of power systems and the relevant defence methodologies

A coordination action on ICT vulnerabilities of power systems and the relevant defence methodologies

Objective

Vulnerability of the electrical infrastructure appears to be growing due to growing demand, hectic transactions, growing number of stakeholders, complexity of controls, as made patent by the major recent blackouts over Europe and North America. Although these events don't seem to have been influenced by malicious acts, existing vulnerabilities could be exploited by malicious threats in the future. The urgency to address this type of threats was also emphasised by the recent Communication of the Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection in the fight against terrorism.

The GRID Coordination Action wants to establish consensus at the European level on the key issues involved by power systems vulnerabilities, with a twofold objective:
- Establish the more urgent and significant RandD challenges to be tackled at the EU level;
- Raise awareness on the security concerns at the policy, industrial and academic level.

Two main themes are proposed:
- Methods to assess reliability, security and risks affecting the power grid, especially concerning vulnerabilities arising from the increased control complexity and to the openness of the supporting information and communication technologies;
- Relevant architectures, devices, management, control and protection schemes.
On these areas, the GRID will assess the needs of the power sector and achieve consensus among stakeholders and RandD institutions, so as to establish a roadmap for collaborative RandD on innovative and/or advanced technologies pertaining the two target areas.

A total of 4 Workshops and 2 Conferences will be organized during two years, where partners and stakeholders will discuss and contribute to the advancement of knowledge on these topics, so as to reach consensus on future research priorities in the two areas of the CA, also based on exchange of information about national and European on-going research projects on related topics.

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Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE GRENOBLE

Address

46 Avenue Felix Viallet
38031 Grenoble Cedex 1

France

Administrative Contact

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

CESI RICERCA SPA

Italy

FRAUNHOFER IAF

Germany

JOINT RESEARCH CENTER - EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

SINTEF ENERGIFORSKNING AS

Norway

UNIVERSITE JOSEPH FOURIER GRENOBLE 1

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 026923

  • Start date

    1 January 2006

  • End date

    29 February 2008

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 629 768

  • EU contribution

    € 480 000

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE GRENOBLE

France