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POWERCLOUD Report Summary

Project ID: 672278

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - POWERCLOUD (Cloud Energy management solution for Office It equipment and Smart devices)

Reporting period: 2015-08-01 to 2016-07-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The problem - Organizations today are not managing their entire electricity consumption and, in specific, not managing their plug and process load (PPL). Plug and Process Load is defined as the power consumption of all the devices that are connected to power plugs (and essentially to the walls).
Not only that organizations are not managing this important aspect of their operation, they are lacking information regarding PPL - which devices are connected, how much power they consume, when they consume it and in what usage scenarios; and they are lacking the tools that will help them to analyze this consumption and enforce policies to save power when possible.
This situation leads to the fact that organizations consume and waste unneeded energy, waste money and resources and, essentially, since power generation's side effect is pollution - cause the emission of excessive CO2 to our fragile atmosphere.

One of the biggest challenges that the human race face today is the global warming that is caused by pollution and CO2 emission. While there is work being done on generating energy from cleaner sources (solar, wind, etc'), it is clear that reducing the overall power consumption will greatly help our planet in reducing the pollution and CO2 emission. Since reducing power consumption also means economical benefit to organizations that achieve this goal - this is a win - win situation for all parties involved - and to our society in general.

PowerCloud project main objective is to create a software as a service platform that will enable organizations of all sizes to monitor their PPL, understand their power consumption and enforce policies that will help them save power and reduce their overall carbon footprint.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

"The project started on August 1st, 2015. The first task that the team focused on was to upgrade the infrastructure of PowerPlug's existing PC power management software - "PowerPlug Pro", to a cloud based architecture that will enable the management of multiple customers from the same system, lower the requirements of using the system (especially for small organizations that cannot afford installing additional servers for this cause) and essentially enable more type of customers to benefit from this system.
In addition, PowerPlug started to develop a special hardware device, the PC Power Monitor, that will enable monitoring of the actual power consumed by a computer to which it is connected, and by that enable customers to automatically calibrate the system with real-life consumption data that will result accurate reporting and greater system reliability.
Both development tasks (software and hardware) were completed during the first period of the project (ended July 31, 2016): PowerCloud system was installed on a hosted server which is publicly available and was tested by PowerPlug's QA team, and the PC Power Monitor hardware device was designed, developed and a prototype is produced.
Towards the end of the period, when the PowerCloud production environment was tested, PowerPlug has started to activate the pilot program for PowerCloud by preparing a pilot end user agreement and a pilot testing program that should be followed by the customers who will test pilot the system. PowerPlug also contacted several potential customers that would be interested in testing and using the system and identified 2 potential pilot customers (although an agreement with these customers has not been signed yet).
On the dissemination and communication front, PowerPlug created a special section in the company web site for the PowerCloud project, including detailed information on the project goals, benefits, features and components. PowerPlug will continue to maintain and enhance the project web site which is available to the public."

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

PowerPlug is advancing according to the detailed project plan that was submitted to the EC. Since the project is only at his half way, we have not achieved progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact.

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