Published on May 26th, 2017 | by Joshua S Hill0
GE Renewable Energy To Provide Cyber Security For Invenergy Wind Turbine Fleet
May 26th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill
In the second agreement announced between the two companies this week, GE Renewable Energy has been selected to provide cyber security for Invenergy’s fleet of wind turbines.
On Thursday, it was announced that GE Renewable Energy had been chosen to provide 300 megawatts (MW) worth of wind turbines to an Invenergy wind project being developed in Reagan County, Texas. A second announcement was also made, however, which will see GE Renewable Energy provide cyber security for Invenergy’s nearly-10 gigawatt (GW) fleet of wind turbines.
The cybersecurity agreement will see Wurldtech, a GE Company, provide cyber security for all of Invenergy’s 9,829 MW wind turbine fleet. The agreement also includes a framework to add future wind farms to the security network. All in all, the agreement is said to be worth more than $13 million over ten years and is apparently one of the largest cybersecurity deals in the history of the Industrial Internet.
Wurldtech will upgrade Invenergy’s legacy controls, upgrading and protecting the wind turbine network’s security with the company’s Opshield — “a cutting-edge purpose-built security solution for industrial and process control environments” — and GE and Wurldtech will also provide Invenergy’s fleet with software maintenance, updates, and patches.
“As online threats multiply and the electric grid goes digital, cyber security is a top priority for Invenergy,” said Jim Shield, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Invenergy. “We are proud of our collaboration with the GE Digital team to develop a long-term, enterprise-wide cyber security agreement that met our operational needs.”
“This took a huge effort from our teams across all functions to get the deal across the line,” said Sanjeev Addala, Chief Digital Officer at GE Renewable Energy. “We are looking forward to building on the success of supporting Invenergy’s fleet under contract and expanding it to other wind fleets. It’s very exciting to work with one of our best customers, Invenergy, on their digital transformation!”