Cryptography Considerations for Distributed Energy Resource Systems

Danish Saleem, Adarsh Hasandka, Maurice Martin, Christine Lai, Patricia Cordeiro, Nicholas Jacobs, Shamina Hossain-McKenzie, Deepu Jose

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Distributed energy resource (DER) systems are rapidly being adopted and integrated within the electric power grid. Developments in smart grid devices and communication protocols are advancing the power system domain but are also introducing new cyber attack vectors. In particular, the ability to maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data is of increasing concern. Cryptography is a powerful tool that can be leveraged to protect DER systems and their critical information. This paper discusses prominent methods of cryptographic authentication and encryption that can be used to secure DER communications. Specific considerations and recommendations for applying cryptography to DER systems are provided, including system design constraints and system impact. These will be demonstrated with two case studies that assess cryptography hardware requirements and communications latency in DERs.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 24 Apr 2019
Event2019 IEEE Power and Energy Conference at Illinois, PECI 2019 - Champaign, United States
Duration: 28 Feb 20191 Mar 2019


Conference2019 IEEE Power and Energy Conference at Illinois, PECI 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 IEEE.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5R00-73178


  • Cryptography
  • Cyber attacks
  • Cybersecurity
  • Distributed energy resources
  • Encryption
  • Hardware design
  • Hardware performance
  • Latency


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