CybResLab Smart Grid Cyber-Resilience Laboratory


In future smart grids, more active components such as prosumer and the increasing digitization and associated increase in system complexity will increase the risk of ICT incidents and expand the scope for attacking cyber-attacks. This significantly increases the risk of far-reaching system failures. OFFIS now addresses this gap with the Smart Grid Cyber-Resilience Laboratory project, which is funded by the BMWi from the 6th Energy Research Program.


In this project, a test environment is established to test the concepts for system integration and management under uncertain communication and information conditions in digitalized energy supply systems. This unique laboratory design combines techniques for hazard identification and analysis of smart grid architectures with methods for detecting anomalies in information processes at different levels (OT / IT) of today's electric power systems. The purpose of the laboratory environment is to develop preventative security and resilience measures that prevent such incidents, but also to develop and test reactive measures for the rapid detection and immediate handling of physical- and cyber- induced incidents in electric power systems.

The goal of cyber-resilient energy systems is the tolerance for temporary loss of confidentiality and integrity in data communications and other events in the primary or cyber system. One possibility, for example, is to temporarily accept limited efficiency, while still allowing the critical supply task to continue uninterrupted.


In addition to the expansion of the SESA laboratory, in order to be able to simulate such security incidents on a large scale in real time, the focus of the project is on setting up a professional network control room with SCADA systems from German market leaders. In this control room, cyber-resilient functions and procedures should be developed as realistically as possible and be tested in combination with common control systems.


Demonstration Use-Case

The different components available in the Cyber-Resilience Laboratory are put together to develop a demonstration Use-Case in which the resilience of a simplified cyber-physical system may be tested.

The following link contains a document which provides instructions for proper interaction with the real time simulation environment run in this Use Case. Additionally, this document describes an on-line mock-up version of this use case which allows the reader to execute a simplified version of the use case, consisting in merely animations.

LINK to pdf file

The link to the mock-up demo file is available in the following link:

LINK to ppsx file

The pre-requirements for running the on-line mock-up demo is to install Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 or newer versions. For running the real-time simulation environment and run the use case, please contact Michael Brand (Michael.Brand(at) to set an appointment.


Systematic dynamic assessment for resilient operation of distribution networks

Felipe Castro, Jorge Velásquez, Davood Babazadeh and Sebastian Lehnhoff; Energy Informatics; 0October / 2018

Smart Grid Resilience Assessment - Using Multi-Domain Real-Time Platform

Davood Babazadeh, Felipe Castro, Sebastian Lehnhoff; 0November / 2018

Study on the Evaluation of Risks of Cyber-Incidents and on Costs of preventing Cyber-Incidents in the Energy Sector

Fischer, Lars and Uslar, Mathias and Morrill, Doug and Döring, Michael and Haesen, Edwin; ENER/B3/2017-465, Study for the European Commission by ecofys, Navigant and OFFIS; 10 / 2018

Towards Future SCADA Systems for ICT-reliant Energy Systems

Anand Narayan, Carsten Krüger, Andre Göring, Davood Babazadeh, Marie-Christin Harre, Bertram Wortelen, Andreas Luedtke, Sebastian Lehnhoff; International ETG-Congress 2019; ETG Symposium; 2019

Framework for the Integration of ICT-relevant Data in Power System Applications

Michael Brand, Shoaib Ansari, Felipe Castro, Ranim Chakra, Batoul Hage Hassan, Carsten Krüger, Davood Babazadeh, Sebastian Lehnhoff; PowerTech; 2019

Towards Virtualization of Operational Technology to Enable Large-Scale System Testing

Shoaib Ansari, Felipe Castro, Dennis Weller, Davood Babazadeh, Sebastian Lehnhoff; Proceedings for 2019 Eurocon; 0July / 2019

Contribution of Coordinated Charging of Plug-in Electric Vehicles to Urban Medium Voltage Distribution Grid

Behzad Hashemi ; Payam Teimourzadeh Baboli ; Shamsodin Taheri ; René Wamkeue; IEEE 7th International Conference on Smart Energy Grid Engineering (SEGE); 2019

Trust in control: a trust model for power system network assessment

Brand, Michael and Babazadeh, Davood and Lehnhoff, Sebastian and Engel, Dominik; EPJ Web of Conferences; 2019

Grid Function Virtualization for Reliable Provision of Services in Cyber-Physical Energy Systems

Anand Narayan, Batoul Hage Hassan, Shadi Attarha, Carsten Krüger, Davood Babazadeh, Sebastian Lehnhoff; Power and Energy Society (PES) General meeting 2020; 0August / 2020

A Review of the Measures to Enhance Power Systems Resilience

Maedeh Mahzarnia ; Mohsen Parsa Moghaddam ; Payam Teimourzadeh Baboli ; Pierluigi Siano; IEEE Systems Journal; 2020

Real-time Test Platform for Enabling Grid Service Virtualisation in Cyber Physical Energy System

Krüger, Carsten and Narayan, Anand and Castro, Felipe and Hassan, Batoul Hage and Attarha, Shadi and Babazadeh, Davood and Lehnhoff, Sebastian; 2020 25th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA); 2020

Trust assessment of power system states

Brand, Michael and Babazadeh, Davood and Krüger, Carsten and Siemers, Björn and Lehnhoff, Sebastian; Energy Informatics; 2020

Controller Development for Reactive Power Flow Management Between DSO and TSO Networks

K. Sirviö and M. Mekkanen and K. Kauhaniemi and H. Laaksonen and A. Salo and F. Castro and S. Ansari and D. Babazadeh; 2019 IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Europe (ISGT-Europe); 0Sep. / 2019

Two-Stage Condition-based Maintenance Model of Wind Turbine: from Diagnosis to Prognosis

P. Teimourzadeh Baboli, A. Raeiszadeh, D. Babazadeh and J. Meiners; 2020 IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2); 0Sep. / 2020

Measurement-based Modeling of Distribution Grid Dynamics: A Digital Twin Approach

P. Teimourzadeh Baboli, Davood Babazadeh, and D. Ruwan Kumara Bowatte; 10th Smart Grid Conference (SGC2020); 0Dec. / 2020

Trust in Power System State Variables based on Trust in Measurements

Michael Brand, Davood Babazadeh and Sebastian Lehnhoff; 2021 IEEE Madrid PowerTech; 006 / 2021

Demo abstract: A Platform to Assess the Trust in Power System Components, Data, and Services

Michael Brand, Felipe Castro, Batoul Hage Hassan, Carsten Krüger, Torben Logemann, Björn Siemers, Dennis Weller, Torge Wolff, Sebastian Lehnhoff; Abstracts of the 10th DACH+ Conference on Energy Informatics; 009 / 2021



Start: 01.10.2017
End: 31.03.2021

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