The Dutch Energy System is changing

Terugkijken E Lunch webinar: The Control Room of the Future at TU Delft makes Dutch power grid more resilient and cyber secure

“As power grid operation gets more complex, you need more automation and intelligence. Here, you can think of Artificial Intelligence (AI) like an autopilot. Power system operation is still a purely manual process. We want to create AI that can support system operators just like an autopilot does in aviation, so operators will act as supervisors”. Assistant Professor Alex Stefanov of TU Delft will take us on a journey towards the possible solutions which can be studied with the “Control Room of the Future”.

From past to present

In recent years, the energy system was controlled relatively easy. The electric power was generated in power plants which were perfectly controllable by means of a coordinating set of controls.

Because of the energy transition, these dynamics are going to change rapidly. With carbon-neutral energy sources such as from wind and solar power the predictability is less, and the production is much more geographically fragmented. The production will be heavily dependent on weather conditions.

The demand for electricity will also rise drastically, is the prediction. Instead of using natural gas for driving a car, urban heating or industrial processes, electricity will mainly be used instead in the nearby future.

These developments together will have an enormous impact on the power grid and the operation of the TSO’s, because enforcement of the balance of power and the stability of the grid will be a lot more complicated.
We need to anticipate these chances to make a quick energy transition possible.

In the near future the energy systems will not consist of 20 electrical power plants but 20 million very small ones combined with a couple of big ones. We have to adapt our electrical infrastructure to these new circumstances. Therefore, we need a smart grid with communication between supply and demand, which can be used in a flexible and efficient way. In the “Control Room of the Future” the Technical University of Delft has an advanced research facility in house.


As the power grid gets more digitized, cybersecurity becomes more important.

Hard-wired communications have been replaced by digital communications. These are more vulnerable to cyber-attacks, which are happening on electricity grids all the time.

For example, as a few transmission lines are maliciously disconnected by a cyberattack, other lines will pick up the flow of electricity, become overloaded and will be disconnected as well. Such a sequence of events has the potential to cause failures that can cascade all over Europe and cause black-outs.

Artificial intelligence and computational intelligence techniques should be used to detect and prevent such cyber-attacks to improve the resilience of the cyber-physical system.


The above-mentioned phenomena ask for an advanced research facility, which will be provided by the “Control Room of the Future” (CRoF). CRoF is an unparalleled testing ground for industry. It is a neutral ground, where system operators, technology providers and academia can work together on the necessary innovation of the power grid.


Abstract: “Control Room of the Future”.

Assistant Professor Alex Stefanov of TU Delft will take us on a journey towards the possible solutions which can be studied with the “Control Room of the Future”.

Speaker's bio

Alex Stefanov graduated from University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania. He got his PhD at University College of Dublin on the thesis of Cyber-physical system modelling and coordinated restoration of interconnected power systems.
Now he is Assistant Professor & Scientific Director of the Control Room of the Future Technology Center at the TU Delft, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Informatics.
He is also active as Member of 4TU Center for Resilience Engineering

N.B. With a second devices, it is possible to interactive communication in the online session.

Met een tweede communicatie apparaat, mobiel of iPad, is interactieve communicatie mogelijk.


Terugkijken E lunchwebinar Control Room of the Future


 -  uur Connect to MS Teams
 -  uur Welkom KIVI Electrical Engineering (Organizer)
 -  uur Presentation by Assistant Professor Alex Stefanov of TU Delft
 -  uur Q & A of the chat
 -  uur Final, next time as KIVI Member ?