Smart appliances in the smart home – the SAREF standard for buildings for the new electricity market

Buildings and Smart Homes should be a key component in the electricity energy system, using website platforms and apps, which allow monitoring energy consumption of different devices into the Smart home and providing the customers information about how much energy they are using in real-time, from anywhere, this will facilitate, demand-response mechanism, to reduce peak demand and enhanced flexibility in electricity distribution grids, providing substantial benefits to all stakeholders.

SAREF is a new standard for smart appliances in smart homes, which allows exchanging energy related information interacting with every other Energy Management System.

The aim of this Seminar is to disseminate how smart appliances using a shared model of consensus, SAREF (Smart Appliances REFerence), and dedicated software applications may contribute to promoting more sustainable energy use in households and neighbourhoods.

OPENING AND INTRODUCTION. Colette Maloney, Head of Unit Smart Cities and Sustainability, DG CONNECT, and/or Paul Hodson, Head of Unit Energy Efficiency.   European Commission (15’)


Colette Maloney or Mercé Griera, Head of Sector Smart Cities, DG CONNECT, the European Commission (5’)

The topics to be covered include:

Topic: SAREF ontological description and roadmap (10’)

How smart appliances using a shared model of consensus, such as SAREF, may contribute to promote interoperable energy solutions.

SAREF as a new standard for smart appliances in the Smart Homes, allows through sensors and actuators interacting with software applications and provide services to manage these devices efficiently.

The SAREF ontology allows a wide scope of basic functions that can be additionally combined in order to deliver more complex functions.

Speaker: Jasper Roes, Senior Business Consultant of TNO (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research)

Topic: SAREF a new standard for smart appliances in smart homes.

The integration of SAREF into oneM2M and the IoT (10’)

Speaker:  Francisco Da Silva, ETSI Board, Huawei Technologies Sweden, Senior Councillor for Standardisation and Technical Regulation

 Topic: Smart appliances in connected and interoperable framework.

The use of SAREF by industry.(10’)

Smart homes can effortlessly manage multiple devices and systems such as heating, air conditioning, lighting, etc. from mobile applications. This requires smart appliances to operate in a connected and interoperable framework. SAREF’s role in the smart appliances domain.

Speaker: Josef Baumeister, Managing Director of the EEBus

Topic: NOBEL GRID an ongoing H 2020 Project (10’)

Unleashing Demand Response potential starting with home appliances using SAREF

SAREF role in NOBEL GRID Project.

Nobel Grid deploys and evaluates a multi-access concept of all involved actors directly to the prosumer’s disaggregated Smart Meter, as enabler for the new electricity market. Demand Response as an effective solution for the Smart Grid production-consumption equality equation Production + Storage out = Consumption + Storage In

Design and develop from scratch an Innovative and affordable Smart Low-cost Advanced Meter

Speakers: Lola Alacreu, Coordinator NOBEL GRID Project and Mihai Sanduleac, Technical Director ECRO

Topic: Smart meters and dynamic pricing, how they can positively affect to demand response?(10’)

The need to extend SAREF and SAREF´s role to ensure compatible data formats.

How In smart homes users receive information from smart meters about consumption and / or energy production, through friendly interfaces applications, available from smartphones, websites or tablets, etc. allowingthe customers to access their consumption data, increasing their awareness about their energy consumption habits and how they can be improved, taking advantage of the benefits offered by Flexible Energy Demand and dynamic pricing opportunities on the electricity market. 

How SAREF as a standard ontology model, could be extended to offer a holistic solution for data flow and access for Home Energy Management.

Speakers: Willem Strabbing, Managing Director ESMIG European Smart Metering Industry Group and Patrick Caiger Smith, CEO of Green Energy Options in the UK.

Questions and Answers (15’)

Closing remarks (5’)

(Colette Maloney, or Mercé Griera)  Smart Cities, DG CONNECT, the European Commission