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Power management system

United States Patent Application

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A method of managing power resources for an electrical system of a vehicle may include identifying enabled power sources from among a plurality of power sources in electrical communication with the electrical system and calculating a threshold power value for the enabled power sources. A total power load placed on the electrical system by one or more power consumers may be measured. If the total power load exceeds the threshold power value, then a determination may be made as to whether one or more additional power sources is available from among the plurality of power sources. At least one of the one or more additional power sources may be enabled, if available.
Algrain, Marcelo C. (Peoria, IL), Johnson, Kris W. (Washington, IL), Akasam, Sivaprasad (Peoria, IL), Hoff, Brian D. (East Peoria, IL)
Caterpillar Inc.
10/ 740,798
December 22, 2003
[0002] This invention was made with government support under the terms of Contract No. DE-FC04-2000AL67017 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government may have certain rights in this invention.