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Sudip K. Mazumder developing cyber-physical security framework for power engineering

Professor Sudip K. Mazumder was awarded a grant to further his work on developing a resilient framework to protect the power grid. Mazumder received $450,000 from the National Science Foundation, part of a nearly $1.2 million shared grant with collaborators at Texas A&M- Kingsville, and Sandia National Laboratories.

The two schools, both minority-serving institutions, have previously collaborated on a U.S. Department of Energy grant, to develop a cyber-resilient solar inverter. Photovoltaic inverters are used to turn the direct current produced by solar panels into alternating current, which can then be transferred to and used on the power grid.

Mazumder and his collaborators aim is to address challenges in future cyber-physical security requirements and power engineering designs and resilient operational strategies for distributed energy resources rich power-electronic systems, such as solar inverters and electric vehicle chargers.

Goals of the project include developing a blockchain security governance model for distributed energy resources systems. Blockchain establishes the identity of users in multiparty systems and environments. Quantum computing will push the boundaries of both cybersecurity and cryptography of power infrastructures, causing new security vulnerabilities, and another focus of Mazumder’s will be developing a quantum-secure distributed energy resources network.

The team will also work to develop a new smart inverter security design and reduce communication between the inverter and the power grid during security breaches.

“This NSF project has the potential to define and demonstrate the foundation for the next-generation technology for power-electronic inverter cyber-robust control leading to power-grid resiliency.”

This is Muzumder’s tenth ongoing sponsored research project.