This project focuses on utilising the decentralized nature of future energy generation to make urban power grids more robust against threats from cyberattacks and natural disasters, and on minimising impacts of power outages on associated critical infrastructures such as: health care, food supply.

The aim is to understand what social and technical measures should be considered when implementing these new technologies for the benefit of all stakeholders and to provide to provide tools that help these stakeholders to prepare for potential incidents.

Results and expected impact
The main outcome of the IRENE project is the energy resilience planner, more precisely a complete package offering the city authority, industry user or power generator the means to forecast, visualise and plan for future energy scenarios. The flexibility allowed to the user is expected to provide significant gains in the city planning process, quantifying the impact of proposed future urban development, as well as ensuring vulnerable citizens are not at risk. With the IRENE collaborative framework we provide a repository through which the key roles, processes and policies needed to plan the response to a power outage event are defined.


IRENE – Improving the robustness of urban electricity networks
Duration: 2014–2016
Contact: Oliver Jung, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
Budget: 1.419.849 EUR
Partners: Ethos VO Ltd., University of Twente, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Queen Mary University of London, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology




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