R2D2 tools and activities: updated by HEDNO

HEDNO recently participated in an insightful workshop held in Ljubljana, focusing on the critical issue of grid resilience against extreme weather events. This event marked a significant collaboration between HEDNO and its partners, ETRA, ICCS and UCY.

ETRA is leading the development of the EMMA – GIMAN tool, an innovative solution that contributes to the reliability of the physical assets and to expedite a faster grid recovery. Meanwhile, ICCS and UCY play a key role in developing the C3POtool, which is crucial for simulating the cascading effects of extreme weather events on the grid infrastructure.

The workshop focused on the synergistic communication between these two innovative tools, showcasing their potential in mitigating the impacts of weather-induced disruptions. HEDNO’s role was crucial, as the organization provided vital insights into the data requirements necessary for the effective operation of both EMMA – GIMAN and C3PO tools.

HEDNO also participated in another critical workshop with S2 partner regarding the potential deployment of CARMEN tool in HEDNO’s premises. CARMEN is a threat hunting tool specialised in analysing traffic, detection of anomalies, fighting Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) and zero-day vulnerabilities by using machine learning.

While the discussion was in its early stages, the outcome was very fruitful, mostly involving potential VM requirements for the host of the CARMEN tool, server and hypervisor specs, the established communication protocols specialised in traffic analysis , the data volume and frequency that will be made available for analysis, the use of syslog for information displayed,  as well as potential challenges to be aware of for the effective use of the tools.

HEDNO has already proceeded with equipment installation on the pilot site infrastructure for the scope of the R2D2 Project. Technologies, which have already been installed on the pilot, are the following ones:

Surveillance cameras at HV/MV substation for protection against physical attack

HEDNO has already successfully proceeded with the procurement and installation of 4 CCTV cameras, which have been installed on Magiko HV/MV substation. All CCTVs have been presented to partners during the 2nd R2D2 plenary meeting, which was held in Xanthi in June 2023. CCTVs are expected to contribute to physical substation security, by providing real time images to EMMA product, which will conduct image analysis, followed by possible alerts to the DSO.

Thermal camera at HV/MV substation

A thermal camera has already been procured by the local department of HEDNO, which will be used for both infrastructure inspection in parts of the aerial distribution network, as well as for inspection in certain parts of Magiko HV/MV infrastructure.

Re-usability of past EU Projects’ equipment

9 SLAM metering devices installed on HEDNO Xanthi premises during X-FLEX Project, will also be part of R2D2 Project, as data from those high-frequency metering devices are expected to contribute to C3PO algorithms and energy data tokenization on the edge.

5 AMI devices installed on certain MV/LV substations in the pilot site during X-FLEX Project, are expected to share data to C3PO algorithms during the R2D2 Project.

HEDNO successfully organized the 2nd R2D2 Project plenary meeting, which was held in Xanthi city during 07-08 June 2023. The purpose of the meeting was twofold:

The first day was dedicated to partners’ presentations around the Project progress, where all pending issues were successfully discussed.

Another day was dedicated to the Xanthi pilot visit, so as all participants could be informed about the technologies and infrastructure utilized from HEDNO, for the scope of the Project.

Firstly, a visit to the local department of HEDNO took place, where the basic HW infrastructure, such as SCADA system was presented, followed by an on-site demonstration of assets that were installed in the pilot, such as SLAM metering devices and AMI in a secondary underground substation.

Furthermore, an on-site visit to Magiko HV/MV substation was scheduled, where the basic infrastructure of the primary substation of the pilot was shown, followed by a demonstration of the 4 CCTVs installed in the perimeter of the substation building.

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This project has received funding from the  European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101075714.