EEBUS at E-World 2018 in Essen: how smart homes can facilitate the energy transformation.

A smart home communicates its needs.

  • Energy management with EEBUS provides flexible energy consumption in the home network that compensates for production and load peaks with renewable energy.
  • First practical demonstration of “demand side flexibility” in Germany.
  • Networking with consumers provides tangible advantages of smart metering technology.

The future stability of the electricity grid has been a continuous subject of discussion since the German energy policy turnaround, and people are wondering what will happen in times of low energy demand, such as New Year’s Day, or on days when there is no wind and little sunshine, or when the e-mobility boom arrives and, with it, new power consumers.


The energy transformation demands new flexibility

 These phenomena have one thing in common. To successfully accomplish the transition to renewable sources of energy, which are associated with fluctuations in generation, greater flexibility will be necessary in all areas of energy management. A good example of energy management flexibility is time-delayed charging. It involves the electric cars’ charging units coordinating their power consumption within the home and the grid with other large consumers and scheduling their charging periods over a longer period to avoid peak demand periods and network overload.


EEBUS and its partners have the solution for demand side flexibility

 The EEBUS initiative and its member companies will have a joint stand with their European partner organisation ESMIG* and Energy@home at the E-World Water & Energy trade fair in Essen from 6 to 8 February 2017. They will be showcasing their communication solution for the flexible management of electrical consumption there for the first time in Germany.

With their “common language for demand side flexibility” EEBUS, ESMIG and Energy@home allow power suppliers and grid operators to check their customers’ variable loads securely, anonymously and directly, and to control them over time. The communication solution being presented works throughout Europe on the basis of smart meter gateways, such as those that will be gradually introduced throughout Germany as of spring 2018. When customers throughout Europe are connected up to this network, power suppliers and grid operators will be able to offer innovative business models to them.

Demand side flexibility with EEBUS delivers the first tangible benefits of smart metering technology because the home can tell the grid what its power requirements are and the grid can tell the home when the best time to use the power is.


Home energy management as the gateway to the smart grid

To achieve demand side flexibility, a reliable connection to the power grid via a smart meter infrastructure is necessary and all the consumers in the home have to be connected.

The heating system, the E-Mobility charging station and appliances are all connected to a central home energy manager that represents the entire home’s energy requirements vis-à-vis the grid. To ensure the interoperability of the numerous proprietary smart home systems, EEBUS Initiative and its more than 70 member companies developed a cross-sector and manufacturer independent communication standard – the global language for energy in the Internet of Things.

The communication solution for demand side flexibility that EEBUS, ESMIG and Energy@home are showcasing at E-World Energy & Water 2018 also makes financial sense. According to a study published in 2017 by Vaasa ETT and Joule Assets1 investments in home energy management and flexible consumption management would have a payback time of less than two years if this technology were widely available.

All the products and solutions that EEBUS, its member companies and partners are presenting at E-World Energy & Water 2018 are either already on the market or in the final, pre-market launch development stage.

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¹Study „Demand Side Flexibility through Smart Homes“  Download Study




The EEBUS Initiative e.V. is a non-profit organisation with over 70 members, most of which are leading stakeholders in all fields of connected home, electrical mobility, energy and smart appliances. Members of the EEBUS Initiative collaborate to establish the EEBUS standard – a common language for energy in the Internet of Things. The EEBUS communication standards are developed in democratic processes by the Smart Appliances, HVAC – Smart Heating, E-Mobility, Energy Storage and Smart Grid Working Groups. All developed specifications are internationally standardised and freely accessible. You can find further information and the member list at www.eebus.org.


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EEBUS at the E-world 2018

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Smart devices make a key contribution to the energy transition. EEBUS connects them with a manufacturer-independent, standardized language for energy in Smart Home and IoT, which is jointly developed by almost 70 leading companies from the networked building technology, electromobility and energy sectors.

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Joint success – Review of the year 2017

Dear members, partners and friends of the EEBUS Initiative,

if connectivity, networked devices, Smart Home & Co. are to achieve sustainable economic success, market participants must learn to work in partnership.

This is our common mission, which is also what the “digital future” is all about: to look left and right!

For decades, we have learned to become more efficient and better in our own field.

In the future, however, it will be a matter of understanding other fields and connecting them with your own. That means: listening and understanding. And then to figure out how everyone can benefit of each other.

I believe that, this is exactly what we have successfully exemplified in the past year: Companies from various industries come together and discuss what it can achieve when their devices communicate with each other.

For example, it makes sense to have the heating system talk to the electric car or solar panel on the roof.We have brought the necessary language into a specification and standardized it. This opens up completely new fields of business: from manufacturers to craftsmen.

This is called digitalization.

On this way into the digital future, we would like to accompany you with concrete results also in the new year as well and wish until then peaceful holidays.


Peter Kellendonk (1st chairman of the board)


Our highlights


When the electric car communicates with the heating

Industry associations in the automotive and heating industry rely on EEBUS

In 2017 EEBUS was dominated by these two industries.  For a good reason: the interaction of these sectors brings the energy revolution to the Smart Home with full effect. And with that to us.

Heaters with an EEBUS interface are available and the first series solutions for the digitalised charging infrastructure with EEBUS have already been used at the E-Mobility Plugfest at Volkswagen’s “Die Gläserne Manufaktur” in Dresden


Read more about  smart heating    E-Mobility Plugfest


Success of our joint work: EEBUS data model is an international standard and part of OCF.

The EEBUS data model SPINE and the associated ontology has become an international standard in 2017.

  • CENELEC EN 50631 (Household appliances network and grid connectivity)
  • ETSI TS 103 410-1 (SAREF4ENER; Smart Appliances Extension to EU Framework SAREF)


Here you will find the published standards CENELEC ETSI


In addition, EEBUS is the first 3rd party organization whose data model has been integrated into the American open source framework onIoTa from OCF.

OCF applications, that implement energy-relevant use cases, can now use the same mechanisms to access OCF and EEBUS devices.

In doing so, we consistently follow our principle of standardizing the results of our work internationally and making them available to all cooperation partners free of charge.


Closing the gap between Smart Grid and Smart Home. EEBUS demonstrator roadshow

Whether European Utility Week, ETSI oneM2M conference or Demand Side Flexibility conference of the EU Commission: Together with member companies and partners of the organisations Energy@home and ESMIG, the interaction of networked devices with smart meters and the Smart Grid was presented in practice by means of a demonstrator. Only serial or near-series devices were used. Demand Side Flexibility is no longer a theory: it can be realized with EEBUS. This removes another hurdle from achieving variable electricity tariffs.

The demonstrator will present energy management via EEBUS and remove obstacles in the application of the new standard.

The response was enormous and numerous other member companies want to integrate their products into the demonstrator as well.

At the E- world (6th – 8th February 2018) in Essen (Hall 6 Stand 226) we will show with our demonstrator how this works just as well with the Smart Meter Gateway infrastructure regulated by the BSI.


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Investment in EEBUS pays back: European study calculates savings potential through Demand Side Flexibility

Water heaters, washing machines, heat pumps or electric car charging stations are not only a large  part of the overall energy consumption. These devices also represent a huge potential of loads that can be used flexibly via smart grids.

For example, electricity from wind power or photovoltaic systems can be consumed when it is abundantly available in the grid. Conversely, in times of scarce energy reserves, consumption can be organized in such a way that less additional power stations have to start up.

All aspects of this technique are summarized under the term “Demand Side Flexibility”.

In a study, the energy experts of the Finnish consulting VaasaETT and the US company Joule Assets have investigated in detail for the first time, which costs and savings the area-wide implementation of “Demand Side Flexibility” brings.


Study Download pdf


What remains to be said at the end of the year:

Not every application means progress at all times


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Major European Alliances are closing the gap between Smart Grid and Smart Home

Towards a common language for Demand Side Flexibility: Successful showcase of interoperability by ESMIG, EEBUS and Energy@home at the European Utility Week 2017


Cologne, Brussels, Amsterdam, 10.10.2017

During the European Utility Week on October 3-5 in Amsterdam, three major European alliances for standardization in the field of energy efficiency – ESMIG, EEBUS and Energy@home– presented their solution to meet the EU requirements in Demand Side Flexibility.


Demand Side Flexibility, enabled by the global language for smart use of energy

Demand Side Flexibility stands for the management of electrical consumption such as heating, appliances, home batteries, heat storage or electric vehicles by smart grids, depending on the variable availability of energy. This has been identified by the European Commission (DG-CNECT and DG-ENER) as one major standardization task required for the transformation to renewable energy and its variable availability due to changing weather conditions.

ESMIG is active in the field of smart energy for consumers and operability of its solutions, already for many years. Starting with a focus on Smart Metering, ESMIG now deals with political and technical issues related to Home Energy Management.

The EEBUS Initiative and Energy@home have been collaborating on interoperability in the home energy network for the last years, establishing a global language for the smart use of energy. Using the platform neutral message exchange standard SPINE, which is part of the EU driven Smart Appliance Reference Framework SAREF 4 ENER, all sectors of energy management in homes and buildings can communicate seamlessly for the efficient use of energy in the house. Together with members of ESMIG, they are now closing the gap in standardization between smart grids and the energy management in homes and buildings.


Investment in smart appliances pays back within up to 3 years

A recent study[1] on European level about the effects of Demand Side Flexibility authorised by ESMIG, EEBUS and Energy@home, reveals very promising effects. In rather under-estimated model calculations it shows, that the ubiquitous use of smart appliances in an open and flexible energy market would give consumers huge benefits in energy costs.

Following the study’s calculations, the investment in smart appliances would pay back within 1,2 to 3 years (depending on the country) – in addition to the social and economic effects of a more efficient and environmental energy supply.


Members of ESMIG, EEBUS and Energy@home collaborate on Demand Side Flexibility

For the actual demonstration, eleven member companies of the three Alliances have developed a scenario, in which enterprise applications for smart grid operators and energy service companies, communication systems and connected devices at home are working seamlessly together to enable Demand Side Flexibility. Comprising a heat pump, charging station, smart appliances, smart meters and communication technology, this demonstration marks just the beginning of the path towards the global language to connect smart grids and smart homes for Demand Side Flexibility.

The demonstration is being optimized in an ongoing process, one of the next steps is for example the addition of new devices using Thread as communication protocol. This will be presented on future events, such as:

  • ETSI IoT Week (24-26 October 2017, Sophia Antipolis).
  • European Commission Training and Demonstration Centre (27-28. November 2017, Brussels)

[1]  Study „Demand Side Flexibility through Smart Homes“ by Joule Assets Europe and VaasaETT, April 2017, http://esmig.eu/sites/default/files/dsf_through_smart_homes_18_08_2017.pdf



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ESMIG is the European voice of the smart energy solution providers. Our members provide products, information technology and services solutions for Electricity, Gas, Water or Heat metering, data transfer or and security, display and/or management of energy consumption and generation at consumer premises. We advocate for a regulatory framework that accelerates the introduction of our members’ innovative products and services, which are fundamental to the smart energy and water systems of Europe’s future.

We actively contribute to the creation of a competitive internal energy market by development of architectures and open standards that allow efficient implementation and integration of new energy management technologies and services. Learn more at www.esmig.eu

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About EEBUS Initiative e.V.
The EEBUS Initiative is a non-profit organisation with over 65 members who are the leading stakeholders in all fields of connected home, electrical mobility, energy and smart appliances. Members of the EEBUS Initiative collaborate in various Working Groups to establish a standardized and common language for the interoperability of connected devices. Smart Heatings, electrical vehicles, photovoltaic systems, smart home systems, energy managers and other appliances can thus communicate seamlessly about energy managagement and usability. To learn more, visit www.eebus.org

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About Energy@home
Energy@home is a non-profit association that, for the benefit of the environment, aims at developing & promoting technologies and services for energy efficiency in the home based upon device to device communication and on the interoperability and collaboration of the appliances within the household. Energy@home envisages a holistic approach where the house is an ecosystem of connected and interacting appliances and sub-systems that coordinate themselves in order to optimize energy consumption, increase energy efficiency, and create new benefits for end customers. To learn more, visit www.energy-home.it


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When the Electric Car Communicates With the Heating — Digitized Charging Infrastructure Results in Successful, Sustainable E – Mobility

  • The Volkswagen Group uses EEBUS.
  • Second EEBUS e-mobility Plugfest at Volkswagen’s “Die Gläserne Manufaktur” in Dresden.
  • By intelligently networking electric cars with smart homes and smart buildings, the German automotive industry is making successful and sustainable e-mobility possible.
  • Electric cars are often charged at home. To do this, they have to coordinate their energy requirements with other loads. EEBUS provides a global language for communicating across all industries and manufacturers.

Today, a modern residential building can produce significantly more energy than it needs with a PV system. It’s already extremely economical to charge the growing number of electric cars using this excess electricity. This is one of the reasons why over 80% of electric cars are charged at private charging stations.1

Networking with EEBUS prevents conflicts in electricity supply
The electricity demand of electric cars may compete with other loads in the house. In the future, all generators and loads, such as PV systems, heating, home appliances and even charging stations for electric cars, will thus have to be connected with each other to optimally use energy in all areas of application. The EEBUS initiative is developing a common, standardized language that makes communication across all energy sectors possible. In practice, the EEBUS specifications define three core e-mobility areas via which energy managers and charging equipment communicate:

  • Increasing efficiency: As much self-generated electricity as possible will be used for charging electric cars.
  • Relieving the utility grid: The charging process will be agreed with the grid operator.
  • Overload safety: The electric car and its charging technology always take the entire house into account. If a boiler switches on, for example, the charging current will be reduced to prevent an overload.

Networking through EEBUS will enable a quick expansion of charging technology infrastructure. In many cases, the power required by charging stations already exceeds the available capacity of the utility grid. Intelligent energy management avoids intervention in the utility grid and can save on expensive construction works.

Electric car charging technology and energy managers working together closely
The Volkswagen Group is developing intelligent charging equipment that communicates with other domestic technology via EEBUS. This equipment’s interaction with energy managers and domestic technology appliances is being put to the test at Plugfest. “A sustainable e-mobility concept also includes the integration of electric cars into the energy management systems of buildings and smart homes,” said Dr. Gunnar Bärwaldt, Group Development Coordinator for Charging at the Volkswagen Group. “The Volkswagen Group is relying on EEBUS to make its charging technology compatible with domestic technology on as broad a basis as possible.”

In the domestic network, communication is organized by a control center, such as the ennexOS energy management platform by SMA Solar Technology AG. “With the EEBUS specifications, we integrate all energy generators, loads and storage systems across the electricity, heating and e-mobility sectors into the system and use a fully automated approach to ensure that energy is being used efficiently, without sacrificing convenience,” explained Frank Blessing, Senior Business Development Manager of Energy Services at SMA Solar Technology AG. “This means that households and companies can make significant savings on electricity costs.

At the EEBUS Plugfest, companies from different areas of domestic technology and e-mobility are testing the interaction of their systems. In addition to SMA, this includes electrical and smart home specialist Hager and heating system manufacturer Viessmann, while connected solutions for electric cars and their charging technology are being tested both by Volkswagen Group experts and charging station specialists Mennekes.

Joint development of the standardized language for energy
The Plugfest events are part of the final stages in the development of the EEBUS standard for finished products in a particular area of application. Working in cross-industry working groups, EEBUS member companies have already determined which use cases are important for the efficient and safe collaboration of electric car charging equipment and other domestic technology, for example. These use cases will first be developed in close collaboration and only then modeled in SPINE, the technical language of EEBUS standard.

SPINE stands for “Smart Premises Interoperable Neutral message Exchange” and represents the backbone (spine) of EEBUS communication. SPINE messages between individual participants in the energy network can be transmitted via all major network and smart home standards, regardless of platform and with secure encryption.

1 Investigation by the German National Platform for Electric Mobility, as of September 2017. http://nationale-plattform-elektromobilitaet.de/themen/ladeinfrastruktur


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from left to right: Frank Blessing, SMA Solar Technology AG; Peter Kellendonk, 1st chairman EEBUS Initiative; Dr. Gunnar Bärwaldt, Volkswagen AG.






Dr. Bärwaldt, Volkswagen AG, presents the Group strategy for charging

EEBUS Plugfest at Volkswagen’s “Die Gläserne Manufaktur” in Dresden

EEBus Initiative e.V. is an independent association with over 60 members—predominantly leading European manufacturers in the fields of smart home technology, networked domestic technology, e-mobility and energy. Together with its members, this association develops the open EEBUS standard—the global language of energy in the internet of things. With this language, devices and systems can communicate with each other about the efficient use of energy, regardless of their manufacturer. All developed specifications are internationally standardized and freely accessible. For more information and an up-to-date list of members, visit www.eebus.org.

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