The progressive penetration of renewable energy sources, smart metering, high-resolution grid monitoring, and perspective massive presence of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) is driving major changes in the whole power systems infrastructure justifying the introduction of more intelligence and dynamic control in power distribution networks.

The silo-based (i.e., per-application) information network infrastructures on which today's power systems typically rely is limited in terms of addressing the operational issues of future power systems in terms of costs, reliability, management complexity, and application/device deployment such as plug-and-play.

In this context the C-DAX project proposes a Cyber-secure DAta and Control Cloud for future power distribution networks as an integrated communication and information infrastructure. C-DAX exploits the properties of novel, information-centric networking (ICN) architectures that are by design more secure, resilient, scalable, and flexible than conventional information systems. C-DAX is tailored to the specific needs of smart grids for efficient support of massive integration of renewables and a heterogeneous set of co-existing smart grid applications providing multiple benefits for utilities. Use cases from different domains (low voltage, medium voltage, and trading) are used to guide the design and provide validation criteria. The use case on real-time state estimation of medium voltage grids using PMUs is currently deployed in real life in the grid of Alliander. The use case page contains a video showing an emulated setup of this field trial in the lab of EPFL in Lausanne.

Further, C-DAX will provide added value to current protocols and data models used within the site power systems domain for monitoring and control purposes (e.g. IEC 61850, IEEE C37.118, etc.). C-DAX concepts will be proposed for standardisation (i.e. M490, IEC TC57, ETSI M2M, Cigre, IETF) and industry interest groups.

Total budget: € 4,249,897 (€ 2,931,000 EU funding)

Project start date: 1 October 2012

Duration: 36 months

Overview presentation of the C-DAX project