Demand-side load management is a cornerstone of sustainable energy systems, which feature a higher of intermittent generation, depending on the availability of renewable energy or demand for heat from CHP processes. Such systems require smart energy loads which can coordinate their operation with current levels of energy supply.
Domestic appliances can offer a range of options for load-shifting, including delaying the start of washing or dishwashing cycles, intermediate interruptions of operation of appliances, or the use of refrigerators and freezers for temporarily storing energy.

The main objective of the Smart-A project is to identify and evaluate the potential synergies that arise from coordinating energy demand of domestic appliances with local sustainable energy generation but also with the requirements of regional load management in electricity networks.
The Smart-A project activities are broken-down into several thematic groups.

You can learn more about each by clicking on them:

Synergy Potential of Smart Appliances
Local Energy generation Networks
Energy Networks
Consumer Acceptance
Overall Potential

Please click here to see the Smart Domestic Appliances Supporting the System Integration of Renewable Energy (public final report)

Smart-A is supported by the European Commission under the 'Intelligent Energy - Europe' Programme. The sole responsibility for the content of this page and of the downloadable publications lies with the authors. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.


Smart-A is a 30-month project bringing together 9 Partners from 4 European Member States. The project is lead by the German Oeko-Institut.

Should you wish to get more information about Smart-A, contact the project coordinator, Mr Christof Timpe, or Ms Bernadette Kiefer.


Christof Timpe - Project Manager

Bernadette Kiefer - Office Assistant

Oeko-Institut e.V. - Institute for Applied Ecology
Freiburg - Darmstadt - Berlin
Postfach 17 71, 79017 Freiburg, Germany
Tel.: +49-761-452 95-225
Fax: +49-761-452 95-288

Please click here to download Smart-A's final report: "Smart Domestic Appliances Supporting he System Integration of Renewable Energy"

Please click here to see the project summary slides

Please click here to see the factsheet 





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