Covid-19 lessons for the power grid : Page 2 of 4

July 03, 2020 //By Nick Flaherty
Dr Shuli Goodman, executive director of LF Energy on power grid standards
Dr Shuli Goodman, executive director of LF Energy, talks to Nick Flaherty about the lessons the power grid industry can learn from Covid-19 to tackle the climate crisis with open source
twins, predictive maintenance and more complex asset management. But companies are doing their own thing rather than collaborating.

“It’s very interesting how much of every business investment in the digitalisation of energy is re-creating the non-differentiating layers of software,” said Goodman. “I would propose that most people are competing on a very small layer, recreating the lower layers and investing capital in that. So the most efficient thing to do is to commodify the lower layers of the stack to accelerate innovation at the higher layers.

“That’s what’s happening, The inefficiency means we basically go pretty slow. If we do not commodify the lower layers of the stack it will cause a lot of pain. But that complexity can be abstracted with technology. The software that we need does not yet exist but the components largely do exist,” she said. “So we need an agreed model of what the gird of the future looks like and start building reference architectures. Once we have that, you can add features like predictive maintenance and asset monitoring.

“Then you can add highly sophisticated algorithms to monitor the equipment using things that already exist in open source so its really putting the blocks on the table, what parts don’t exist and what parts need to change.”

“When I look at cloud infrastructure there are very particular things that we need,” she said. “Security is a real concern and the ability to take a country down or a block of countries with integrated grids is increasingly a reality.”

“Right now there is no common certification of software and I’d like to see that happen. We are in a process of risk analysis and threat assessments of all of our software and starting teaching developers to move to the Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) so our software is aligned with other standards. We’ve seen with Covid-19 that it’s


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