Nearly 70% of the energy grid is more than 30 years old, and the grid infrastructure is consequently stress prone and environmentally risky. But the path to more efficient, less costly, cleaner, and safer energy generation, transportation, and distribution poses challenges: to retrofit and modernize the existing grid and to design tomorrow's energy grid with even more built-in intelligence, communication, and the flexibility to adapt to the future—all at an acceptable cost and without undue complexity.
The complexity and sheer number of smart devices required to connect seamlessly and provide the intelligence that makes the grid smarter also make energy systems vulnerable to sabotage by hackers and malware. Energy systems operators, engineers, regulators, and financiers are acutely aware that the modernization of the grid and incorporation of clean technologies cannot move forward without a comprehensive and effective approach addressing connectivity, manageability, and security. Wind River® delivers on this approach.