PHOENIX is a H2020 EU project to boost the cyber security of the European Electrical Power and Energy Systems (EPES). The project advances the cyber-physical security via the collaborative detection of security and privacy incidents and attacks, guaranteeing reliability, increasing resiliency and minimising their cascading effects.


PHOENIX has the following strategic goals:

  • Strengthen cybersecurity preparedness by employing security “by design” and “by innovation”.
  • Coordinate European EPES cyberincident detection, response and recovery.
  • Accelerate research and innovation in EPES cybersecurity.
  Phoenix Structure

The PHOENIX consortium comprises 24 partners from 10 different countries, covering all the required stakeholders including energy generation, VPP, TSO, DSOs, aggregators, retailers, prosumers, end-users, technology providers, SMEs and academic research facilities.

The above mentioned goals will be achieved by developing and deploying a platform that utilizes a secure and privacy-preserving communication architecture. The core component of the platform is the “Situational Awareness and Incident Mitigation” module, which will perform intrusion detection, attack classification, risk assessment and countermeasure activation. ACS, in cooperation with IFHT (Institute for High Voltage Technology), will play a major role in developing this platform. Moreover, ACS will address the identification and assessment of vulnerabilities and potential threats as well as investigate appropriate countermeasures. Furthermore, various “by-design” measures to increase the EPES resilience will be investigated in simulation and in a laboratory set-up.

Eventually, this platform will be deployed and validated in five large-scale pilots covering the complete value chain from generation to consumption, including cross-border experiments and cascading effects on other critical infrastructures. Another platform will be deployed on a Pan-European level to facilitate information and intelligence exchange among pilot sites.

  Detailed Project Structure

The project started in September 2019 and it has a duration of three years. For more information, visit the official project website or follow the project on LinkedIn or Twitter.



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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 832989.




On 4-5 February 2020, Hendrik Flamme presented the progress and challenges of the work package responsible for the situational awareness and incident mitigation modules at the PHOENIX plenary meeting in Athens.


Hendrik Flamme represented ACS at the technical meeting in Terni (Italy) on 17 December, which was hosted by ASM Terni SpA. The topic of the meeting was the identification of vulnerabilities and cyber security threats related to the trial sites.


Hendrik Flamme and Nikolaus Wirtz participated in the kickoff meeting of the project PHOENIX hosted by the project coordinator Capgemini at their new office building "147" in the Paris region. The PHOENIX consortium is comprised of 24 partners from 11 countries, cooperating to increase resilience of the European Electic Power and Energy System (EPES) by protecting it against cyber and privacy incidents and attacks.

PHOENIX is part of the EU's largest research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020. The project will run for three years.