Resilient Information Architecture Platform for the Smart Grid¶
The future of the Smart Grid for electrical power depends on computer software that has to be robust, reliable, effective, and secure. This software will continuously grow and evolve, while operating and controlling a complex physical system that modern life and economy depends on. The project aims at engineering and constructing the foundation for such software: a 'platform' that provides core services for building effective and powerful apps, not unlike apps on smartphones. The platform will be designed by using and advancing state-of-the-art results from electrical, computer, and software engineering, will be documented as an open standard, and will be prototyped as an open source implementation. The project will also construct representative open source energy management software apps that will demonstrate the effectiveness and dependability of the system, while offering a starting point for commercial implementations. The platform is expected to become an industry standard on which the Smart Grid can reliably run. Android is a standard platform for smartphones, and customers buy and install apps regardless of the details of the hardware they use - the proposed platform is expected become a similar standard that runs on all Smart Grid devices and support software apps that are provided by various industrial vendors.
The information and work presented herein is funded in part by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), U.S. Department of Energy, under Award Number DE-AR0000666. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof