Grid Friendly Appliance™ Controller
- More reliable power grids are less costly to run
- Smaller electricity bills for consumers
- More efficient power plant use
- Provides a foundation for future grid management
By integrating the controllers with appliances at the factory, costs can be reduced to a few dollars per appliance and customers will not even notice the short interruption (by turning the compressor off, but leaving the light on in a refrigerator, for example).
When a communication system becomes available beyond the power grid, the "smarts" for this system are already on board the appliances to do much more sophisticated negotiation and control, such as reducing peak loads. This simple, cost effective technology becomes an island of new technology from which ever more sophisticated aspects of GridWise can grow. Applications and IndustriesHousehold appliance industry Patents and Patent Applications
|Title and Abstract||
Electrical appliance energy consumption control methods and electrical energy consumption systems
Electrical appliance energy consumption control methods and electrical energy consumption systems are described. In one aspect, an electrical appliance energy consumption control method includes providing an electrical appliance coupled with a power distribution system, receiving electrical energy within the appliance from the power distribution system, consuming the received electrical energy using a plurality of loads of the appliance, monitoring electrical energy of the power distribution system, and adjusting an amount of consumption of the received electrical energy via one of the loads of the appliance from an initial level of consumption to an other level of consumption different than the initial level of consumption responsive to the monitoring.
|Pacific Northwest National Laboratory||03/07/2006
|Technology ID||Development Stage||Availability||Published||Last Updated|
|12782-E, 13538-B||Prototype - The Grid Friendly Appliance Controller has been developed and tested at PNNL. It is ready for licensing and installation in the next generation of appliances. PNNL is currently working with appliance manufacturers and utilities to use Grid Friendly Appliances in a variety of test-bed and demonstration projects.||Available||06/30/2010||06/30/2010|