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Thermal Energy Storage Apparatus, Controllers And Thermal Energy Storage Control Methods

United States Patent Application

20160246313
A1
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Thermal energy storage apparatus, controllers and thermal energy storage control methods are described. According to one aspect, a thermal energy storage apparatus controller includes processing circuitry configured to access first information which is indicative of surpluses and deficiencies of electrical energy upon an electrical power system at a plurality of moments in time, access second information which is indicative of temperature of a thermal energy storage medium at a plurality of moments in time, and use the first and second information to control an amount of electrical energy which is utilized by a heating element to heat the thermal energy storage medium at a plurality of moments in time.
Hammerstrom, Donald J. (West Richland, WA)
Battelle Memorial Institute (Richland WA)
15/ 144,590
May 2, 2016
[0002] This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC0576RLO1830 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.