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Smart Appliance Investigation Underway in Europe

The European Commission (EC) has begun investigating “smart appliances” as a first step towards possible efficiency, interoperability, and energy labeling regulations for connected products. A preparatory study for Ecodesign Directive Lot 33 began late last year and is expected to be finished in September of this year.

The EC defines “smart appliances” as appliances that respond to external signals which can modify energy consumption and optimize the balance between energy supply and demand. The study's first part focused on defining and categorizing smart appliances according to their functionality and degree of intelligence

A horizontal approach is being taken by the study, covering a wide range of different types of appliances meeting the study's “smart” requirements. The following appliances were chosen, based on demand response and comfort impact potential.

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