Climate Change & Clean Energy

Energy systems

The European power sector is undergoing a period of rapid transformation. Power generation has become progressively more decarbonised, distributed and renewable. Wind power and solar photovoltaics have formed part of this trend and will continue to dominate in the future. As these sources increase in market share, so too will the volatility of the power system supply-side. In parallel, power systems are increasingly digitalised and interconnected with other sectors and infrastructure. Information Communication Technologies (ICT) have opened new possibilities in the active management of power systems and strengthened the ability of the demand side to react to changes to the price of electricity. Standards offer the technical foundation for this transition. Our goal is to ensure a clean, smart and secure power system.

What we are working on

  • Improving the system and component interoperability within the smart home, and reflect shortcomings at the political level;
  • Developing the “Customer Energy Manager” standard to support demand-side flexibility in smart buildings;
  • Standardisation developments related to Smart Energy Grid and Smart Meter, including home and buildings;
  • The European Commission’s Smart Grid Task Force Expert Group on Demand-side Flexibility, with the aim to support coherence between smart grid standardisation activities and EU policies.

Related news

  • New report – The Positive Side of Batteries

    Electromobility thus has a great potential to become a key solution for an environmentally friendly and decarbonised transport sector. Moving away from dirty fossil fuels and introducing proper sustainability criteria for batteries are essential to making it happen. Discover our new report!

  • Watch our webinar on sustainable batteries & standards!

    Do you think it is time to design batteries that are truly sustainable? Did you know that standards can make this happen? Watch our webinar to learn more!

  • Electric vehicle smart charging is the key to a sustainable grid – Read our new briefing!

    With an increase in electro-mobility expected in the coming years, it is important to ensure that the power grid remains stable and avoid an unmanaged charging of electric vehicles. Thanks to “smart charging”, EVs adapt to both user preferences and the conditions of the power system, secure the stability of the grid, reduce renewable energy curtailment, at the same time allowing higher shares of renewable energy. Smart charging helps reduce the need for expensive grid reinforcement and additional stationary batteries.

Contact person

Rita Tedesco
Programme Manager+32 2 894 46 38

ECOS is co-funded by the European Commission and EFTA

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