Recovery Act - The Lean Green Energy Controller Machine-A clustered Smart Controller for the Household Market

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: 02-10ER85689
Agency Tracking Number: 92311
Amount: $1,000,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: 07 a
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
620 Lowell Avenue, Palo Alto, CA, 94301
DUNS: 830399388
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dale Gifford
 (510) 731-4796
Business Contact
 John Hanna
Title: Mr.
Phone: (208) 249-6996
Research Institution
Achieving efficiency improvements and providing demand-response programs have been identified as key elements of our national energy initiative. The residential market is the largest, yet most difficult, segment to engage in efforts to meet these objectives. This project will develop an Energy Management System that engages the consumer and enables Smart Grid services, applications, and business processes to address this need. Our innovative solution is a clustered smart controller providing dynamic optimization of energy consumption for the residential energy consumer. People Power Company specified, designed, and prototyped elements of this system during Phase I. The GreenXtm family of devices and services are designed to support communications, cyber security, and interoperability standards as defined by the Smart Grid (SG) initiative. Additionally, SBIR Phase I supported development of an Open Source Home Area Network and accelerated our time to market. Phase II of the SBIR will result in the manufacture and market delivery of our products and services. In addition, strategic business relationships will be forged to leverage our open platform as the leading vehicle for residential energy management services. Commercial applications of People Power offerings provide cost-effective, residential energy management services with "actionable intelligence" to benefit the consumer. Commercialization plans for Phase II include the interoperability of residential energy management devices and services with Automated Metering Infrastructure business domain intelligence. Automated, single-point non-intrusive load monitoring will be designed and delivered for controlling residential energy efficiency. Finally, open source, public licensed implementations of strategic Smart Energy Profile services for the Home Area Network will be implemented in partnership with industry stakeholders. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: The focus of SBIR Phase III will be to escalate the design, development, and deployment of People Power GreenXtm devices and services that directly address the public need for improved energy management services in the residential segment. Phase III will accelerate product deployment and market penetration. Sustained job growth will be supported as People Power innovations are integrated into the consumer market stream. Energy efficiency at the community level will stimulate highly skilled and grass-roots jobs, and will be funded as a result of consumer education and product deployment.

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