While summer break is fast approaching, eTEACHER has no plans of slowing down. The project is entering an immensely intense phase and its preliminary outcomes are finally available. On the 2nd and 3rd of July, the partners gathered in Bucharest, Romania, for their second project meeting, which was hosted by ICPE.

The objective of this meeting was to talk about the technical progresses of the project and the challenges ahead. The first day started out with a fresh start as the consortium visited the Romanian demo site InCity – a complex of 4 residential buildings that hosts more than 500 families.

The InCity residence offers a wide variety of facilities, like an underground parking, a swimming pool, a common terrace, 5,000 sq. m. of green areas to name a few. To power up all these, the buildings rely on multiple energy resources. Their consumption level, be it electrical energy, heating, cold and hot water or natural gas, can be measured thanks to their sensors. During this visit, partners discovered InCity’s potential in turning lives around as they discussed installation options that will be used.

The consortium then gathered together to share their latest progresses from respective parties during the last couple of months. From mid-May to the end of June, the pilots’ leaders handled several workshops with the end-users, collected their feedback and translated them into measurable figures. For the very first time, they shared their initial results and impressions of the workshops with the whole consortium.

eTEACHER values end-users empowerment and their behavioural change towards energy. To meet the project’s main objective, it is important for the partners to understand the end-users’ perspectives, interests and preferences. The outcome of these activities will be used as a basis in developing a set of dedicated, personalised ICT tools that will help users raise their awareness and consequentially, improve their well-being.

After showcasing the end-users’ results, it was the turn for other eTEACHER partners to take part in a workshop wherein they are asked to fill in the gap between the two project activities. Teamwork played a crucial role in this phase as it helped partners focus on how they want to proceed in developing the eTEACHER tool kit.

Moreover, the entire consortium went deeper into the discussion regarding exploitation. Based on the preliminary information provided on possible exploitable products and resources during the previous project meeting, they started defining a clearer protocol for the eventual success of eTEACHER’s technology.

Will eTEACHER be up for the challenges to come? Follow @eteacherEU on twitter and LinkedIn to find out!

13 Jul 2018

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