Welcome to Cyber Security for Microgrids


Microgrids are becoming a cornerstone of power distributions systems that will facilitate the realization of a carbon-neutral electric power systems. Alongside their flexibility to be operated in both grid-connected and autonomous modes, they also provide natural interfaces with many types of RES and ESSs and good compliance with consumer electronics. Moreover, microgrids can be grid-interactive by providing grid supportive functions such as frequency response and, regulation, reactive power support and voltage regulation, etc. All these facts lead to more and more deployment of microgrids in transmission and distribution levels. Furthermore, with proliferation of communication technologies, microgrids are evolving into cyber-physical systems (CPS) that use sophisticated software-based networked control. This increased sophistication imposes numerous new challenges involving coordination, operation philosophy and vulnerability to cyber-attacks.
Cyber-attacks can be designed in many ways: (a) sensor infiltration, (b) communication infringement. Even though several hard-bound secure protocols are designed to ensure the authenticity of the actual signal, the attackers usually target the control layer as an easy target. Hence, this course aims to focus: (a) identifying the vulnerable access points in microgrid controllers, (b) introduce the most prominent cyber-attacks, (c) detection of cyber-attacks in in real-time, (d) removal of these attack elements and ensuring stability/preventing system shutdown, (e) design of resilient controllers for microgrids, which heals by itself despite any cyber intrusion attempts. All models will be provided to attendees and experimental lab demonstration is expected as well along with discussion on future research ideas.

Day 1: General information about cyber security and its impact in microgrids – Tomislav Dragičević (2.5 hours) + Subham Sahoo (2.5 hours)
9:00 – 10:00 Microgrids – Role in modern power systems
10:00 – 10:30 Basic control and operation philosophies of microgrids
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:00 Cyber security in power systems – Lookback into the past events
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break
13:00 – 14:00 Vulnerability assessment of microgrids to different kinds of attacks
14:00 – 15:00 Design of cyber-attack detection and mitigation strategies for microgrids
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 16:30 Design of resilient self-healing controllers for microgrids

Day 2: Cyber security laboratory exercises. Tomislav Dragičević (1 hour) + Subham Sahoo (4 hours)
09:30 – 10:30 Laboratory 1.1: Detection of cyber attacks in microgrids (part 1)
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:00 Laboratory 1.2: Detection of cyber attacks in microgrids (part 2)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break
13:00 – 15:00 Laboratory 2: Design of resilient controllers for microgrids
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 16:30 Laboratory 3: Mitigation of cyber attacks in microgrids

General knowledge about electrical engineering field.
Practicing knowledge in power electronic systems and control theory.
Experience in using Matlab/Simulink

Form of evaluation: Report evaluated by the lecturers.

Organizer: Prof. Tomislav Dragičević

Lecturers: Prof. Tomislav Dragičević; Dr. Subham Sahoo


Time: 25 – 26 May 2020


Zip code: 


Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 5 May 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.