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Title: Reliability in a smart power system with cyber-physical interactive operation of photovoltaic systems and heat pumps
Author: Gunduz, Hasan
ISNI:       0000 0004 9346 8138
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2019
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The connectivity of the power grid is increasing with the internet of things, and low carbon technologies being deployed to help enhance smart grid performance and reliability. Meanwhile, they also increase the digital complexity and dependency of cyber assets, which might be vulnerable to cyber-physical threats, and hence may impact the reliability of power systems. Due to cyber-threats’ unpredictable nature, the interactive operation of low carbon technologies with cyber-physical systems is becoming a challenging task for smart grids. This thesis proposes novel mathematical frameworks to estimate the availability of photovoltaics and heat pumps with cyber-physical components. These frameworks are developed to quantify the level of risk posed by cyber-threats to the interactive operation of photovoltaics and heat pumps, using Markov-Chains. The availability framework considers the severity of random cyber-attacks on photovoltaics and the probability of cyber-threats with mean time to detection-time on heat pump operation. Sensitivities of the repair times of cyber-physical component for photovoltaics and sensitivities of cyber-attack-detection time for heat pumps are also evaluated. The impact of cyber threats on the interactive operation of photovoltaics and heat pumps are considerable and inconsistent, however the propagation of cyber-threats can be restricted by appropriate means of photovoltaics. For heat pumps, operational reliability substantially decreases due to the unavailability of their control panel. Contributions of this thesis include an availability model for photovoltaic configurations, an innovative approach to assess the reliability of a photovoltaic integrated power system with cyber-physical interactions, the availability estimation of heat pump with variable detection time, and an enhanced cyber-intrusion process model for reliability analysis of heat pumps. The findings offer insight into the impact of cyber-physical system availability and its importance on power system reliability.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering