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Energies 2017, 10(9), 1287; doi:10.3390/en10091287

Methodology for the Evaluation of Resilience of ICT Systems for Smart Distribution Grids

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Centre d’Innovació Tecnològica en Convertidors Estàtics i Accionaments (CITCEA-UPC), Departament d’Enginyeria Elèctrica, ETS d’Enginyeria Industrial de Barcelona, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Avinguda Diagonal, 647, Pl. 2, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
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ELECTA, Electrical Engineering Department, KU Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 10, 3001 Leuven, Belgium
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Academic Editor: Gianfranco Chicco
Received: 6 July 2017 / Revised: 16 August 2017 / Accepted: 23 August 2017 / Published: 29 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Electrical Power and Energy System)
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Ensuring resilient operation and control of smart grids is fundamental for empowering their deployment, but challenging at the same time. Accordingly, this study proposes a novel methodology for evaluating resilience of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) systems for smart distribution grids. Analysing how the system behaves under changing operating conditions a power system perspective allows to understand how resilient the smart distribution grid is, but the resilience of the ICT system in charge of its operation affects the overall performance of the system and does, therefore, condition its resilience. With the aim of systematising the evaluation of ICT systems’ resilience, this study proposes to combine a standardized modelling of Smart Grids, the Smart Grid Architecture Model (SGAM), with a data structured diagram, the Entity Relationship Model (ERM). The architecture of smart distribution grids is analysed through SGAM. Then, their technical characteristics and functionalities are defined and represented in a ERM diagram. Finally, the attributes or properties of the system components are used to formulate resilience indicators against different types of disturbances. This methodology is then applied to analyse the resilience of a ICT platform being developed in EMPOWER H2020 project. View Full-Text
Keywords: resilience; distribution grids; smart grids; Distributed Energy Resources; Smart Grid Architecture Model; Entity Relationship Model resilience; distribution grids; smart grids; Distributed Energy Resources; Smart Grid Architecture Model; Entity Relationship Model
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Lloret-Gallego, P.; Aragüés-Peñalba, M.; Van Schepdael, L.; Bullich-Massagué, E.; Olivella-Rosell, P.; Sumper, A. Methodology for the Evaluation of Resilience of ICT Systems for Smart Distribution Grids. Energies 2017, 10, 1287.

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