Critical Infrastructures at Risk

Securing the European Electric Power System

  • A.V. Gheorghe
  • M. Masera
  • M Weijnen
  • De L. Vries

Part of the Topics in Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality book series (TSRQ, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIX
  2. Adrian Gheorghe, Margot Weijnen, Marcelo Masera, Ivo Bouwmans
    Pages 1-18
  3. Ivo Bouwmans, Margot P.C. Weijnen, Adrian Gheorghe
    Pages 19-36
  4. L.J. De Vries, H.M. De Jong, M.L.C. De Bruijne, H. Glavitsch, H.P.A. Knops
    Pages 37-83
  5. Marcelo Masera, Alberto Stefanini, Giovanna Dondossola
    Pages 85-116
  6. Marcelo Masera, Ype Wijnia, Laurens de Vries, Caroline Kuenzi
    Pages 117-152
  7. Marcelo Masera, Adrian Gheorghe, Margot Weijnen
    Pages 153-162
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 343-373

About this book


Europe witnessed in the last years a number of significant power contingencies. Some of them revealed the potentiality of vast impact on the welfare of society and triggered pressing questions on the reliability of electric power systems. Society has incorporated electricity as an inherent component, indispensable for achieving the expected level of quality of life. Therefore, any impingement on the continuity of the electricity service would be able to distress society as a whole, affecting individuals, social and economic activities, other infrastructures and essential government functions. It would be possible to hypothesize that in extreme situations this could even upset national security.

This book explores the potential risks and vulnerabilities of the European electricity infrastructure, other infrastructures and our society as whole increasingly depend on. The work was initiated by the need to verify the potential effects of the ongoing market and technical transformation of the infrastructure, which is fundamentally changing its operation and performance. The final aim is to set the basis for an appropriate industrial and political European-wide response to the risk challenges.


E+I paradigm Potential calculus communication communication systems critical electricity infrastructure (CEI) development electricity integrated circuit liberalisation of electricity industry organization power systems

Editors and affiliations

  • A.V. Gheorghe
    • 1
  • M. Masera
    • 2
  • M Weijnen
    • 3
  • De L. Vries
    • 4
  1. 1.Swiss Federal Institute of TechnologyZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.EC-JRCIspraItaly
  3. 3.Delft University of TechnologyThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Delft University of TechnologyThe Netherlands

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