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Idaho National Laboratory and Fujitsu Laboratories of America to Collaborate on Smart Grid Technology

Fujitsu Laboratories of America has announced a joint collaboration with Idaho National Laboratory around smart grid energy management. As part of the project, Fujitsu’s security and ad hoc communications technology will be deployed at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies in Idaho Falls to monitor building power consumption and generate vital data on energy utilization. The joint research collaboration will use this data as a baseline and extrapolate it to measure efficiency and security of wider smart grid deployments.

Since the smart grid tightly couples both the physical power distribution infrastructure and the IT systems that manage it, ensuring security is essential as a compromise in one could impact the other. Under the joint collaboration to further research in this mission-critical area, Fujitsu will contribute advanced security and cloud services technology from Fujitsu Laboratories of America and WisReed, an autonomous distributed network technology that enables the automatic construction of a network.

"The CAES facility is a certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building and we are trying to ensure we operate at maximum energy efficiency," said J. W. Rogers, Director of CAES. "Fujitsu’s technology will provide us with real-time usage data to measure our efficiency and also supply our researchers with valuable information required for advanced energy system modeling.”

“This collaboration will leverage INL’s global leadership in industrial control and power system simulation test beds, and Fujitsu leadership in IT services,” said Yasunori Kimura, President and CEO of Fujitsu Laboratories of America. “We are delighted to be part of this initiative by providing systems for real time data collection and cloud services for analysis and anomaly detection.”

“This collaboration will advance resilient control system technologies and establish a solid technological framework for energy security initiatives in smart grid and hybrid energy production systems” said Steve Aumeier, Associate Laboratory Director for INL’s Energy and Environment Science and Technology Directorate. “Our objective is to ensure advanced automation does not generate new issues for cyber security, fault detection, and human systems integration.”

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