Smart appliances have the potential to enable consumers to participate in energy markets, allowing them to value flexibility. This assists the balancing of European energy system for the greater cost-effective integration of variable renewable energy sources. Studies suggest that smart appliances can provide a platform providing innovative information services to customers, allowing them to improve system efficiency on a macroeconomic level. However, certain challenges exist, creating obstacles to this vision, such as interoperability, functionality, and cybersecurity.

ECOS will work to secure greater shares of Renewable Energy Sources in the European energy mix, enabling consumers to participate more actively in energy markets and providing balancing services to European energy systems.


Assess standardisation activities for potential standardisation gaps, interoperability issues, and lacking functionality
Contribute to the development of European and international standards on the performance of smart appliances and machine-to-machine communications (e.g. EN 50631 for household appliances network and grid connectivity, IEC/TS 62950 specifying and testing smart capabilities of smart appliances, and IEC 62325 setting a framework for energy market communications)

ECOS contributes to:

CLC/TC 59X: Performance of household and similar electrical appliances
CLC/TC 205: Home and building electronics
IEC/TC 57: Power systems management
IEC/TC 59: Performance of household and similar electrical appliances
ETSI TC Smart M2M: Smart Machine to Machine Communications

Standardisation requests from the European Commission and EFTA

Not applicable

rita-small3For more details on ECOS’ participation in the standardisation of smart appliances, please contact:

Rita Tedesco – Programme Manager




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