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Intelligent sensor and controller framework for the power grid

United States Patent

July 28, 2015
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Disclosed below are representative embodiments of methods, apparatus, and systems for monitoring and using data in an electric power grid. For example, one disclosed embodiment comprises a sensor for measuring an electrical characteristic of a power line, electrical generator, or electrical device; a network interface; a processor; and one or more computer-readable storage media storing computer-executable instructions. In this embodiment, the computer-executable instructions include instructions for implementing an authorization and authentication module for validating a software agent received at the network interface; instructions for implementing one or more agent execution environments for executing agent code that is included with the software agent and that causes data from the sensor to be collected; and instructions for implementing an agent packaging and instantiation module for storing the collected data in a data container of the software agent and for transmitting the software agent, along with the stored data, to a next destination.
Akyol; Bora A. (Richland, WA), Haack; Jereme Nathan (West Richland, WA), Craig, Jr.; Philip Allen (West Richland, WA), Tews; Cody William (Richland, WA), Kulkarni; Anand V. (Richland, WA), Carpenter; Brandon J. (Kennewick, WA), Maiden; Wendy M. (Pasco, WA), Ciraci; Selim (Richland, WA)
Battelle Memorial Institute (Richland, WA)
13/ 204,606
August 5, 2011
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC05-76RLO1830 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.