The British Columbia Institute of Technology and Siemens have signed a MoU to collaborate on research and commercialisation opportunities in cybersecurity and microgrids.[quote] Siemens Canada and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) will focus on identifying and will seek to apply new technologies for the smart grid cybersecurity and microgrid markets. The MoU builds on an existing partnership between the two parties. [ComEd receives US$4m grant for microgrid project]
BCIT and Siemens have partnered on several smart grid projects including BCIT's Smart Grid Laboratory Project, as well as the BCIT Energy OASIS Microgrid Project - the first campus-wide microgrid project in Canada. [In depth: American approach to critical infrastructure cybersecurity]
BCIT president Kathy Kinloch, said: "With energy being one of the world's most challenging problems, Siemens and BCIT have been collaborating and leading innovation in this field for many years.
"Our partnership has been very productive and with the signing of this MOU, I am excited to continue working together to develop the effective operation and security for microgrids through solution based research."
Collaboration to further cybersecurity
A company release states that recent shifts in Canada’s energy landscape, including the advancement of technologies and connectivity of electrical networks, have increased utilities’ vulnerability of attack. The release adds that cybersecurity is a critical and mandatory issue for grid operators today and the grid becomes increasingly digitalised.
Siemens and BCIT’s Centre for Applied Research and Innovation (CARI) SMART group will enable knowledge-sharing and training to address gaps in the country’s public utilities infrastructure.
The two will also partner on research into smart microgrids, and specifically the development of technologies, components and solutions for cost-effective and environmentally responsible electrification in Canada.
Microgrid solutions will be evaluated to address energy reliability, sustainability and resiliency.
Faisal Kazi, senior vice president, Energy Management for Siemens Canada, added: "Our energy systems are becoming increasingly complex with rapidly changing technology - the challenges and opportunities presented by smart grids, distributed energy resources and solutions such as microgrids underline the importance of the focus topics being pursued under this MOU.
"We look forward to further collaboration with BCIT, utilising our relationship and combined expertise to explore opportunities towards the future of energy in Canada."
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