A Resilience Enhanced Secondary Control for AC Micro-grids

Junjie Xiao, Lu Wang, Zian Qin*, Pavol Bauer

*Corresponding author for this work

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Communication-based distributed secondary control is deemed necessary to restore the state of islanding AC microgrids to set points. As its limited global information, the microgrids become vulnerable to cyber-attacks, which by falsifying the communicating singles, like the angular frequency, can disturb the power dispatch in the microgrids or even induce blackout by pushing the microgrids beyond the safe operation area and triggering the protection. To make the microgrids more cyber secure, adaptive resilient control for the secondary frequency regulation is proposed. It assumes that each converter is communicating with its adjacent converters. With the proposed control, the weight of the communication channel being attacked is automatically reduced, and the more the communicating signals are falsified, the further the weight of that communication channel is weakened. The proposed approach does not rely on attack detection and thereby is easy to implement; Besides, it still works when challenged by a combination of multi-attack signals; Moreover, it applies to multiple communication lines getting attacked cases. Finally, the effectiveness and feasibility of the proposed resilient control scheme are validated by both simulations and experimental results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1
Number of pages1
JournalIEEE Transactions on Smart Grid
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2023


  • AC micro-grid
  • adaptive control
  • Communication networks
  • cyber-attack
  • Cyberattack
  • distributed control
  • Frequency control
  • Microgrids
  • Power system stability
  • Resilience
  • Voltage control


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