Renewable energies will play a fundamental role to stop the climate change and the effort to innovate in the sector is particularly intense, and as an example we can see floating offshore wind farms and floating solar panels. Furthermore, the increasing digitalization in our daily lives has also arrived in the energy sector, and brought many chances for renewable energies. Terms such as AI & Big Data, blockchain or smart grid are increasingly playing a role. They make it possible to analyze weather and consumption data and thus increase the safeguard of energy supply through solar and wind energy.
However, digitalization and networking of plants also means an increasing threat from cybersecurity attacks. What would happen if an attacker disabled the automatic shutdown system of a wind plant?
In addition to cybersecurity threats possible hazards emanating from a system must also be considered.
Let's consider a control system of a wind plant that starts too early during an inspection or does not shut down at all due to an internal error in the system?
What if the monitoring system of a battery – so called Battery Management Systems (BMS) is not detecting an overheating?
exida offers various services to safeguard renewable energy producers from cybercrime and to develop a safe plant in terms of Functional Safety.
In this aspect, exida benefits in particular from its experience in Functional Safety and Cybersecurity in the power and energy sector and from the complex systems such as those found in today's automotive industry.