The new Smart Meter designed by NOBEL GRID Project will be able to map existing demand response features on the new European Smart Appliances REFerence (SAREF) ontology, as their developers explained during the European Sustainable Energy Week 2016 last 16th June in Brussels.
“This unbundled Smart Meter is designed to implement many additional functions comparing with current smart meters, as it is very flexible in adding new features during its lifetime, including unforeseen ones. One such unforeseen aspect is the challenge to map existing demand response features on the new SAREF ontology”, explained Mihai Sanduleac, R&D Director of ECRO SRL (partner of the project), during his intervention in the European Sustainable Energy Week 2016 (EUSEW 16).
In order to permit this, the “Smart Meter Extension will allow external reasoning on specific white appliances such as air conditioners, to be described based on basic SAREF in order to allow new steps in testing and implementing the new standard for the final benefit of the consumer”, added Mihai Sanduleac.
Those were some of the NOBEL GRID conclusions during its participation in the Policy Conference “New Standard for Smart appliances in the smart home: getting buildings ready within the new electricity market design”.
The aim of the conference was to disseminate how smart appliances using a shared model of consensus (SAREF) and dedicated software applications may contribute to promoting more sustainable energy use in households and neighbourhoods. SAREF is a new European standard for smart appliances in smart homes, which allows exchanging energy related information interacting with every other Energy Management System.
NOBEL GRID shares the same views since “it provides the tools and services that facilitate the active participation, protection and empowerment of the European consumers and prosumers (households and businesses) on the energy transition. This will not only reduce the customers’ electricity bill and their energy dependency, but it will also help DSOs in providing more balanced and stable distribution grids. Moreover, on top of having a consumer-centric approach, it focuses in players such as electric cooperatives and aggregators, since they are the most effective actors to tackle the transition to energy democracy and to prevent energy poverty.”, stressed Lola Alacreu Project manager of NOBEL GRID.
Thus, the project is working “to create a win-win situation and benefit both the grid and the consumers”, added Lola Alacreu.
Thanks to EUSEW 2016, the project innovations could be shared with European energy stakeholders and NOBEL GRID partners could find out other inspiring initiatives as well as create synergies and alliances.