Smappee, an innovative clean-tech company headquartered in Belgium, is pathing the way in terms of energy management and related solutions. Smappee’s key product, the energy management system (EMS), Smappee Infinity, collects real-time and historical production and consumption data down to the appliance level, resulting in actionable insights. Based on those insights the energy efficiency within buildings can be optimised by managing all energy flows and relevant devices- independent of their manufacturer or brand. Smappee has started the integration of EEBUS communication in its energy management products and solutions, starting with the gateway between the company’s monitoring system and the cloud: The Smappee Genius. With EEBUS, connectivity and compatibility to all categories of key energy devices is realised and enables Smappee’s energy gateway to optimise demand and supply based on standardised use cases. With regard to software integration, Smappee works with KEO GmbH, the leading EEBUS integrator with years of experience in EEBUS implementations.
“The EEBus Initiative links all major energy consumers in the household via a global manufacturer-independent language for energy. This vision goes hand in hand with Smappee’s aim to be at the heart of any smart building, automatically managing energy flows by controlling all appliances regardless of their brand and enabling self-sufficiency. Therefore, I am very proud to announce Smappee’s agreement on the integration of EEBUS. Our users will be able to benefit from all the EEBUS Use Cases and partners will be able to integrate their products or services even faster into our ever-growing ecosystem.”, says Stefan Grosjean, CEO Smappee.
EEBUS for connectivity and interoperability among a large cross-industry network.
With a manufacturer-independent and standardised language, EEBUS provides an open standard for energy in the Internet of Things. EEBUS communication is based on energy-relevant devices applying use cases, specified by a cross-industry network of companies and associations. The EEBUS specifications enable the development of a future-proof, maintainable and simple device interface to connect devices with a central energy management system or an energy management platform and the grid. In this way, every relevant device from photovoltaics (PV), heat pumps to electric vehicles (EVs) speak the same language and can be managed in accordance with energy market or grid signals. In the field of energy management, EEBUS enables the development of applications – such as self-consumption optimisation, tariff-optimised device operation up to grid optimisation.
Furthermore, EEBUS allows the energy management system to bundle all energy relevant devices and capacities within a building. Doing so, the building gains a central interface and point of contact for grid stabilisation and energy balancing mechanisms. Particularly, the grid operator benefits from this standardised communication interface on the grid edge. Respective EEBUS Use Cases provide real-time transparency of building loads and enable the grid operator to set dynamic values for maximum power consumption at the grid connection points. In case of critical grid situations, an overload or even blackout of the electricity grid can therefore be avoided.
Picture 1: Smart Building ecosystem with Smappee EMS speaking EEBUS.
“With EEBUS, manufacturers and providers of energy-relevant devices and systems are enabled to offer interoperable products and solutions, based on standardised use cases. Smappee’s commitment to EEBUS implementation will enable smart homes speaking EEBUS and thereby drive the rollout of EEBUS networks in the market and the grid. We are pleased to count Smappee as a member of the Initiative. Possessing knowledge and experience in the field of energy management, we are convinced the company can contribute to the further development of the EEBUS specifications.” says Dr. Bernhard Thies, Chairman of EEBus Initiative e.V.
Making buildings smart grid ready.
With the integration of EEBUS, Smappee strengthens its position as a comprehensive and future-proof energy management tool on the market. Soon, its solutions for energy management inside the building supports all released EEBUS Use Cases and therewith provides a wide range of added values for its customers. The compatibility with all key energy devices categories, such as EVs, heat pumps, white goods, PV and battery inverters allows for a seamless communication between the energy management system, among devices and in interaction with the grid. Applying standardised EEBUS use cases within residential and commercial energy management increases the self-sufficiency of end user systems and thus allows for additional cost savings. With EEBUS, the local energy management system is further able to care for secure load management within the building to prevent the local energy system from an overload.
Moreover, the ever-growing Smappee ecosystem, with control over a wide range of smart home appliances from various manufacturers, is expandable by even more devices and systems via EEBUS connectivity. In this way, Smappee is compatible with a wide range of devices speaking EEBUS. In addition, the topic of device and building compatibility with the smart grid becomes increasingly important. Variable tariffs and grid signals will require a standardised interface inside the building to interact with. This common interface then manages connected loads within the house accordingly. Establishing this feature in the future energy infrastructure is relevant for both, residential and commercial buildings, as they are equally part of the overall energy system and thus impacting grid stability and market mechanisms.
Smappee’s energy management solutions will soon speak EEBUS – implemented by KEO.
Smappee will work with Cologne-based software company KEO GmbH to implement the EEBUS communication interface into Smappee’s Genius. As a long-standing member of the EEBus Initiative, KEO has supported the development of the standard since the very beginning and is an expert in every aspect of EEBUS. Offering standardised EEBUS connectivity stacks and solutions, the company works with stakeholders from all relevant EEBUS industries and accompanies its customers from the initial demonstration to series-ready EEBUS products and solutions. Smappee and KEO have already started on the integration of the EEBUS standard into Smappee’s Genius and are ready to release EEBUS native solutions in the near future.
Picture 2: Smappee Genius, enabler of various energy services and control based on EEBUS communication.
“We are very pleased to work with Smappee, as an innovative and future-orientated company, on the integration of EEBUS into their energy management solutions for the private and commercial sector,” says Marc Eulen, Managing Partner of KEO GmbH. “By committing to EEBUS, Smappee soon can access a large international network of EEBUS devices to set up new partnerships and to connect their energy management with. In the near future the energy manager will play an essential role in all smart buildings and homes. Providing a central energy manager in the building that supports standardised use cases will solve essential problems and create added values for the end-customers as well as for the overall energy system.”