The paper Dependancy of power grids to satellite-derived time: vulnerabilities and new protections has been accepted for presentation at 2018 International Telecommunications Energy Conference, to be held in Torino, Italy from Oct 7-11, 2018. This paper intends to increase the awareness on the problem of interference against GNSS receivers installed in power grids as timing source. Indeed, the paper will provide an overview on the power grids’ vulnerabilities coming from the use of GNSS technology and illustrate ways to increase the protections. Some of the concepts studied in FANTASTIC will be disseminated.

The participation to this conference is relevant: it demonstrates to the scientists working on energy systems possibile evolutions of the GNSS technologies, that will increase the resiliance of applications dependent upon GNSS signals. In fact, GNSS is usually associated to a commodity, always available and reliable, but this is not the case, especially in the presence of interfering signals, either intentional or not. In the next future the potential threats are expected to increase, therefore interference monitoring techniques and enhanced signal formats are of utmost importance.


INTELEC® is an international annual technical conference which, for the past thirty-nine years, has been the premier forum for the science and engineering of energy systems for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). Research and technical papers explore the needs and trends in the subject areas of power conversion, energy storage, and high-reliability and mission-critical powering infrastructure. Topics include DC power plants, powering architectures, converters, inverters, batteries, fuel cells, grounding, physical and thermal designs, building and equipment cooling systems. The 2018 conference will be held in Torino, Italy at the Lingotto Conference Centre.Theme of the conference will be: 40 years of Inspiration, Research and Exploration in Power and Energy for ICT.

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