Energy Storage Systems Play a Critical Role in the Power Grid
From supporting renewable integration by absorbing excess generation during peak production to supplying the grid in periods of high demand, energy storage systems support grid operators in meeting the constraints of the real-time demand-supply equilibrium. They also perform a critical role in augmenting grid stability by providing frequency and voltage regulation, and in improving grid reliability by providing black start and islanding capabilities.
The essential role of energy storage systems makes ensuring their physical and cyber security crucial so energy storage can’t be used, either on purpose or by accident, to compromise the grid on which so many rely.
Why Cybersecurity in Energy Storage Is More Crucial Than Ever
Growing connectivity and threats to the grid have made it more important than ever to ensure the cybersecurity of the grid and its connected assets, including energy storage systems. The convergence of Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) networks brings not only efficiency and improved functionality, but also new vulnerabilities. Because of these grid-related vulnerabilities, it’s essential that all assets connected to the North American grid are compatible with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) standard to ensure maximum reliability.
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