Scaling and Securing the Future Electric Grid with OpenFMB

Presented by: Stuart Laval, Larry Lackey & Zhihua Qu

New technologies being introduced onto the electric grid are not only affecting the speed and volume of data being measured and communicated, but also the operational behavior of the power system. In order to address the current limitations with centralized data management, a federated interoperability approach, known as the Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB) framework, was developed and standardized in an effort to improve the situational awareness, resilience, and flexibility of tomorrow’s two-way grid that is embracing distributed energy resources. By pushing distributed intelligence closer to the grid edge, coordinated decisions can be quickly orchestrated, communicating devices can be easily secured, and information systems can efficiently scale to meet the evolving needs of the utility operational infrastructure. This session will introduce the fundamental details of the OpenFMB standard, the business drivers, and its underlying technology architecture.

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lavalDr. Stuart Laval is a member of Duke Energy’s Emerging Technology office, where he leads the development of grid-edge operational technologies and pioneering utility interoperability standards. He currently serves as the co-chairman of the Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB) users group within the UCAIug.  Dr. Laval has over 17 years of experience in electric power systems, telecommunications, and power electronics. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from MIT, a MBA from Rollins College, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida.

Lackey LarryLarry Lackey is responsible for architecture, standards development, and cybersecurity at OES. He currently serves as the co-chairman of the Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB) users group within the UCAIug and was also a major contributor and lead editor of the OpenFMB standard ratified by the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB).

zhihuaZhihua Qu received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in June 1990. Since then, he has been with the University of Central Florida (UCF), Orlando. Currently, he is the SAIC Endowed Professor in College of Engineering and Computer Science, Pegasus Professor and the Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the founder and director of RISES Cluster. His areas of expertise are nonlinear systems and control, with applications to energy, power systems, and autonomous vehicle systems. In energy systems, his research covers distributed energy resources, dynamic stability of power systems, anti-islanding control and protection, distributed generation and load sharing control, distributed VAR compensation, distributed optimization, and cooperative control. Currently, he is serving as Past President of ECE Department Head Association, an inaugural member of Engineering Leadership Multi-Section Alliance’s Standing Council, and IEEE liaison to Smart Grid Steering and Operational Committees.

Tags & Topics for This Webinar:

OpenFMB; publish and subscribe; information technology; operational technology; secure communication; situational awareness; distributed intelligence; distribution networks


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