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Intelligent electrical outlet for collective load control

United States Patent

October 27, 2015
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Various technologies described herein pertain to an electrical outlet that autonomously manages loads in a microgrid. The electrical outlet can provide autonomous load control in response to variations in electrical power generation supply in the microgrid. The electrical outlet includes a receptacle, a sensor operably coupled to the receptacle, and an actuator configured to selectively actuate the receptacle. The sensor measures electrical parameters at the receptacle. Further, a processor autonomously controls the actuator based at least in part on the electrical parameters measured at the receptacle, electrical parameters from one or more disparate electrical outlets in the microgrid, and a supply of generated electric power in the microgrid at a given time.
Lentine; Anthony L. (Albuquerque, NM), Ford; Justin R. (Albuquerque, NM), Spires; Shannon V. (Sandia Park, NM), Goldsmith; Steven Y. (Rochester, MN)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
13/ 619,469
September 14, 2012
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENTAL INTEREST This invention was developed under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000 between Sandia Corporation and the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention.