Reinhard Mackensen discusses the security of wind-farm information.
Q. Data science has accelerated at an exponential pace during the relatively short life of the wind power industry. What are the major changes over the past 5 to 10 years?
A. Dr. Mackensen: The first major change was the regulatory framework which forced operators to open the interfaces of windfarms for monitoring and control. Based on these mechanisms the second change became possible: The portfolio-aggregation (mainly by operators/direct marketing) which includes strategies for wind energy to participate on the control reserve markets (At least in near future if the secondary control reserve power market will be opened to fluctuating sources).
What can wind park owners learn from other industries?
Besides the data handling for market questions, operators can learn from the productions sector mechanisms to handle/to use operation and (condition) monitoring data for predictive maintenance.
Is wind park data secure?
Let’s say, there is still potential for the optimization of safety and security.
What kind of measures will owners need in the future to ensure compliance with security requirements?
IT-security of wind farms needs a certain level of standard measures like point to point connections and closed user groups. Most of the measures are described in technical frameworks like the prequalification rules for control reserve power. Furthermore, additional data like digital twins have to be assembled for on one hand technical irregularities and (predictive) maintenance, on the other hand, to identify non-ordinary behavior to identify manipulations.
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