A poster describing the IRENE approach for demand management as a response mechanism fro electricity grid outages  will be presented on Thurdsday, May 18 during the 1st  Smart Energy Systems Week Austria in Graz, Austria.

IRENE results have been presented during the 2nd EAI International Conference on Smart Grid Inspired Future Technologies in London on March 27. The following presentations were given by the project partners.

  • Opening: The IRENE project
    Andrea Ceccarelli (Univ. of Florence), Oliver Jung (AIT)
  • A Tool for Evolutionary Threat Analysis of Smart Grids
    Zoppi, Tommaso; Ceccarelli, Andrea; Mori, Marco (University of Florence)
  • A Tool that uses Demand Side Management for Planning the Grid Response to Outages
    Bessler, Sandford; Hovie, Daniel; Jung, Oliver (AIT Austrian Institute of Technology)
  • An Overall Grid Modelling Tool for Modelling Smart Grids
    Lau, Eng Tseng; Chai, Kok Keong; Chen, Yue (Queen Mary University of London)


On 13th and 14th March, 2017, a major symposium on smart grid security, which brings together a number of leading European research projects in the field will take place in Vienna, Austria. Topics that will be addressed at the symposium include cybersecurity risk management, situational awareness, resilience, and socio-legal aspects that are related to the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive.

IRENE project results on smart grid resilience will be presented during the workshop.

More details about the symposium and registration can be found here:

During the 2nd EAI International Conference on Smart Grid Inspired Future Technologies (SmartGIFT 2017) to be held on March 27–28, 2017  in London, Great Britain the IRENE project organizes a workshop on “Urban Smart Grid Security of Supply”. Contributions to the workshop are highly welcome.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Tools on Smart City and Smart Grid planning, design, assessment
  • Tools on hazard analysis and risk assessment
  • Tools for security and resilience assessment of Smart Grid, including urban micro-grid
  • Tools for Infrastructure and Smart Grids management
  • Tools for Smart Grid design and evaluation
  • Tools for planning and modelling urban disaster response strategies
  • Tools for costs estimation, especially of power outages
  • Datasets on energy consumptions of Smart Grids, Smart Cities and specific installations
  • Security-related datasets, for example on attack models and attackers profile
  • Dataset on data transmission and exchange in Smart Grids, Smart Cities, and specific installations
  • Frameworks to manage procedures and governance

For more information, please consult the workshop call for papers or the SmartGIFT 2017 website.


The IRENE workshop on “Resilient and secure urban power systems” was held during the IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2) 2016 on September 15 in Trento, Italy. Five papers where presented and as a keynote speech an excellent overview of smart grid security and standardisation issues was given by Giovanna Dondossola of Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico – RSE.

Keynote: A Reference Framework for the Cyber Security Assessment of Digital Energy Systems
Giovanna Dondossola

The following papers were presented by their authors and presentations of some of the papers are available for download.

    1. Analysing Non-Malicious Threats to Urban Smart Grids by Interrelating Threats and Threat Taxonomies
      Alexandr Vasenev, Lorena Montoya
    2. Effect of Information Presentations on Consumer Emotions to Induce Power Saving Actions
      Tomonori Nakayama, Hirotaka Osawa, Shinichiro Okushima, Hirohisa Aki
    3. A Privacy Preserving Approach to Energy Theft Detection in Smart Grids
      Christopher Richardson, Nicholas Race, Paul Smith
    4. Outage Response in Microgrids using Demand Side Management
      Sandford Bessler, Daniel Hovie, Oliver Jung
    5. ICT-Attack Resilience of Urban Smart Grids Involving Multiple Control Loops
      Jacob T. Madsen, Jayakrishnan Radhakrishna Pillai, Hans-Peter Schwefel


On 15 September the IRENE project will organize a workshop during the IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2) which will be held at the University of Trento (Trento, Italy), from 12 to 15 September 2016.

We are looking for papers on topics including but not limited to:

  • Smart city resilience
  • Estimating costs of power outages
  • Methodologies Smart Grid risk analysis
  • Infrastructure interdependencies
  • Urban disaster response strategies
  • Resilience and protection mechanisms for power grids
  • Frameworks for collaboration of urban stakeholder
  • Urban microgrids
  • Using flexibility for improved resilience
  • Communication for Smart Cities and Smart Grids
  • Security and privacy design for smart cities
  • Security assessment in smart cities
  • Threat analysis in complex grid

The 11th National Paging Congress took place from 18th to 19th April 2016 in Berlin, Germany. The congress is focusing on paging technology and its applications. Nowadays mainly used for alerting first responders but also new applications like distribution grid telecontrol have been developed recently.  This year the congress hosted a symposium on Smart Control, Metering and Grid. The IRENE threat assessment and grid islanding approaches were presented during the symposium.

The second day of the congress was devoted to a panel discussion about the impact of Smart Grid technology on the reliability of power grids. The audience, mainly consisting of representatives of fire brigades and civil protection agreed on the importance of grid protection and contributed their experiences during large scale power outages.

For for than 10 years the Smart Grids Week is the main event that brings together researchers and practitioners for grid operators as well as manufacturers in the area of Smart Grids in Austria. This year’s Smart Grids Week took place from May 9 to 13 in Linz. It  was accompanied by a international workshops. IRENE approaches were presented in the course of a workshop on “Cybersecurity Risks and the Smart Grid

On 13th and 14th of April representatives of academic and business organizations involved in IRENE joined two JPI events held in Amsterdam. During the first day devoted to Routes to Urban Research and Innovation the topic of resilience was regarded as an important requirement for the European Urban Research Area, as shown in the photo below.

The next day, IRENE members joined the JPI Urban Europe projects meeting to share their vision on the project and its context. During this forum to exchange ideas among researchers and project partners from JPI Urban Europe pilot calls and ENSCC call, they presented a poster that describes essential aspects of the IRENE project.



The Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) replaced Forschungszentrum Telekommunikation Wien (FTW) as a partner in IRENE. AIT also inherits the role of the project coordinator. FTW has shut down its operational business by the end of 2015.