NREL and UL are working on the first cybersecurity standard for distributed energy resources

UL has published a reportco-authored with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which includes recommendations that enable distributed energy resources and inverter-based resources to maintain a strong cybersecurity posture.

With support from the DOE Office of Solar Energy Technologies, UL will continue to work with NREL on the development of requirements to support cybersecurity certification standards for DERs and IBRs. NREL and UL are currently working on a survey plan for a standard that will apply to on-grid energy storage and generation technologies, including photovoltaic inverters, electric vehicle chargers, wind turbines, fuel cells and other essential resources to advance network operations. These new requirements will prioritize cybersecurity enhancements for power systems dealing with high-penetration inverter-based resources, including those that interface with bulk power systems for periods of instantaneous high-wind generation. , solar and hybrid/storage. This will also help ensure that cybersecurity is built into the new IBR and DER systems.

“Currently, there are no cybersecurity certification requirements that manufacturers and vendors can certify their DER and IBR devices to against an established and widely adopted cybersecurity certification program. The development of these new requirements cybersecurity certification program will provide a single unified approach that can be seen as a benchmark for testing and certifying DERs before deployment and in the field,” said Kenneth Boyce, Principal Engineering Manager, Industrial, Group at UL.”Writing comprehensive certification requirements with peer review requires effective leadership and stakeholder participation. We are excited to work with NREL in this effort to bring additional performance-based security to the power grid infrastructure.

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