NREL’s Cyber-Energy Emulation Platform for Research and System Visualization

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This paper presents NREL’s Cyber Energy Emulation (CEE) Platform. This is a novel emulation platform for achieving real-time visualization of large-scale environments involving cyber-physical devices. It allows for the environment to include real, physical hardware, along with emulated devices communicating with each other as part of the same system. The CEE Platform is also capable of streaming, collecting, storing, transporting, and visualizing all data within the emulated environment. By providing this capability, it enables high-fidelity visual analysis of events to be performed in real time as well as the use of historical data for forensic analysis. This paper presents the design of the CEE Platform as well as several potential use cases and applications. It also aims to highlight why this type of visualization tool has potential for research and education about cyber-physical systems.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages35
StatePublished - 2020

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5R00-74142


  • alerts
  • analysis
  • cybersecurity
  • database
  • education
  • forensics
  • IDS
  • logging
  • real-time
  • research
  • situational awareness
  • training
  • visualization
  • workforce development


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