11 Enhancing critical infrastructure security Utility personnel need a structured environment to practice detecting and responding to remote sophisticated threat actors within compressed timelines. CyberStrike workshops provide such training using original, INL-developed teaching tools. The first international training, in Kiev, Ukraine, included representatives from the largest private and state-owned electricity companies and various government entities. INL’s team also trained about 500 utility personnel at workshops across the U.S., including one for the Oil and Natural Gas Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ONG-ISAC). The workshop — sponsored by a division of the DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (DOE-OE) — provided grid cybersecurity awareness training for more than 60 personnel. INL also demonstrated CyberStrike during the National Security Agency’s SCADA Days Conference. Leading resilience conversations For more than a decade, INL has facilitated a forum called Resilience Week to advance resilient infrastructure conversations, technologies, policies and partnerships. This year’s event closely followed Hurricane Maria’s destruction in Puerto Rico, and conversations at Resilience Week 2018 focused on ways to modernize the energy delivery system, enhance the security and resilience of America’s energy infrastructure, and recover from disruptions to the energy supply. Optimizing battery performance Numerous companies and research teams are now using an INL battery-performance modelling program. INL’s Advanced Electrolyte Model (AEM) is a computer simulation program designed to give fast information on the properties of complex electrolyte formulations, and how those properties can influence battery performance. It won an R&D 100 Award in 2014 and earned more attention two years later from a top lithium-ion battery researcher from Dalhousie University. Major manufacturers including Groupe Renault, another major auto manufacturer, Dow Chemical, Carnegie Mellon University and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have executed copyright license or government-use agreements to access the AEM software. INL battery research has produced numerous patented technologies including the Advanced Electrolyte Model.