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Systems and methods for distributing power using photovoltaic resources and a shifting battery system

United States Patent

June 27, 2017
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The present invention is an apparatus and method for delivering energy using a renewable resource. The method includes providing a photovoltaic energy source and applying energy storage to the photovoltaic energy source via a battery storage unit. The energy output from the photovoltaic energy source and the battery system is controlled using a battery control system. The battery control system predicts peak load, develops a schedule that includes when to begin discharging power and when to stop discharging power, shifts power to the battery storage unit when excess power is available, and prioritizes the functionality of the battery storage unit and the photovoltaic energy source.
Mammoli; Andrea A. (Corrales, NM), Lavrova; Olga (Albuquerque, NM), Arellano; Brian (Rio Rancho, NM), Cheng; Feng (Albuquerque, NM), Greenwood; Wesley (Albuquerque, NM), Hawkins; Jonathan (Albuquerque, NM), Willard; Steve (Albuquerque, NM)
STC.UNM (Albuquerque, NM)
15/ 031,125
October 21, 2014
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with government support under contract number DEOE0000230 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.