Lawrence Solar Company Joins Cybersecurity Project

Lawrence, MA – Yaskawa Solectria Solar, a U.S. commercial PV inverter manufacturer, is now working with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Cyber‐Physical Security group, on its project to optimize communication encryption for distributed energy resources.

NREL, in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories, is developing a low-cost module that provides distributed cryptography services for operational technology (OT) network equipment. The team is focusing on integrity for command and control messages in transit to and from distributed energy resources.

This module will mitigate threats from “man-in-the-middle” attacks or when an attacker secretly relays and possibly alters the communication between two parties who believe they are directly communicating with each other.

As the world becomes more reliant on energy-consuming technologies—and the potential for power disruptions from natural disasters or large-scale cyberattacks increases – NREL recognizes the need to ensure the security and resilience of energy systems at all scales. The laboratory’s Energy Security and Resilience program seeks to improve the understanding of energy service disruptions and their consequences, improve energy system protections, and develop more resilient energy systems that can quickly return to full service in the case of disruption.