Power Allocation Management (e.g., Load Adding/shedding) Patents (Class 700/295)
  • Patent number: 11650639
    Abstract: Systems include one or more critical datacenter connected to behind-the-meter flexible datacenters. The critical datacenter is powered by grid power and not necessarily collocated with the flexible datacenters, which are powered “behind the meter.” When a computational operation to be performed at the critical datacenter is identified and determined that it can be performed more efficiently or advantageously at a flexible datacenter, the computational operation is instead obtained by the flexible datacenters for performance. The critical datacenter and flexible datacenters preferably share a dedicated communication pathway to enable high-bandwidth, low-latency, secure data transmissions. In some situations, a computational operation is supported by multiple datacenters in a redundant arrangement, such as multiple flexible datacenters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: LANCIUM LLC
    Inventors: Michael T. McNamara, David J. Henson, Raymond E. Cline, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11641129
    Abstract: A power distribution system utilizes direct-current (DC) electrical power. A distribution cable carries DC power from a distribution unit to an edge device. The edge device provides a communication connector with DC power for use by a load device. The edge device optionally includes an energy storage device, such as a rechargeable battery, to allow the edge device to provide more power to the load device than it is receiving from the power distribution unit for some period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Inventor: Karl S. Jonsson
  • Patent number: 11641537
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a closed loop communication system. The system can include a consumer mobile device configured with a mobile application to identify its load consumption pattern and communicate the identified load consumption pattern to a utility device. The mobile device also sets a limit for maximum energy consumption through the mobile application. The system can also include the utility device that receives the identified load consumption pattern, and configured to send a short message service (SMS) alert to the mobile device to alert the mobile device to read meter energy consumption reading from energy meter and share with utility device due to direct connection failure with an energy meter. The system can also include an energy meter configured to communicate with the utility device, wherein the utility device attempts to receive the meter energy consumption reading from the energy meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Inventor: Shalu Singhvi
  • Patent number: 11625018
    Abstract: A distributed building management system includes a virtual controller and an edge controller for controlling a building control device using a distributed control logic that is distributed between the virtual controller and the edge controller. A programming tool displays a graphical representation of the distributed control logic and identifies which portions of the distributed control logic are considered critical and which portions of the distributed control logic are considered not critical to a fail-safe operation of the building control device should the edge controller stop receiving control commands from the virtual controller. The portions of the distributed control logic that are identified as being critical are assigned to the edge controller for execution and the portions of the distributed control logic that are not identified as being critical are assigned to the virtual controller for execution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Inventors: Ravi Bharathi Krishnan, Suresh Vemuri, Vivek Ramachandran, Shriram Sankaran
  • Patent number: 11625059
    Abstract: A home appliance can operate in a future time frame. Information is obtained from a power distributor in order to determine a time when to operate the home appliance in this future time frame. The home appliance then operates at the time determined with information from the power distributor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Inventors: Philip Scott Lyren, William James Lyren, William Christopher Lyren
  • Patent number: 11611991
    Abstract: Wireless communications systems and methods related to frequency resource reservation for sidelink communication over a shared radio frequency band are provided. A first user equipment (UE) senses in a sidelink resource pool within a shared radio frequency band. The first UE reserves, based on the sensing, a frequency resource of the sidelink resource pool within an instance of a variable time range. The first UE performs, in the shared radio frequency band, one or more listen-before-talks (LBTs). The first UE transmits, to a second UE based on the one or more LBTs, a sidelink transmission using the frequency resource within the instance of the variable time range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Yisheng Xue, Chih-Hao Liu, Jing Sun, Xiaoxia Zhang
  • Patent number: 11611214
    Abstract: A power system includes a power sourcing device, a first splice enclosure including a first power input port, a first power output port, and a first power tap port that is connected to a first remote powered device, and a second splice enclosure including a second power input port, a second power output port, and a second power tap port that is connect to a second remote powered device. The power system includes a composite power-data cable configured to carry power signals transmitted from the power sourcing device to the first splice enclosure and to the second splice enclosure. The power sourcing device is configured to disable the power signals to at least one of the first power input port, the first power output port, or the first power tap port of the first splice enclosure without disabling the power signals at the second splice enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Inventors: Thomas F. Craft, Jr., Willis F. James, David A. Winkler
  • Patent number: 11606376
    Abstract: CAN bus signal format inference includes: extracting candidate signals from training CAN bus message traffic; defining one or more signals, each signal being a candidate signal that matches structural characteristics of a matching data type and each signal being assigned the matching data type; and generating an inferred CAN bus protocol with which the defined one or more signals conform. Signals are extracted from CAN bus message traffic using the inferred CAN bus protocol, an anomaly in an extracted signal is detected, and an alert is generated indicating the detected anomaly. In another aspect, a transport protocol (TP) signal is extracted and analyzed to determine a fraction of the TP signal that matches opcodes of a machine language instruction set, and an anomaly is detected based at least in part on the determined fraction exceeding an opcode anomaly threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Colin Wee, Ian LoVerde, Douglas A. Thornton
  • Patent number: 11594887
    Abstract: A system architecture and method for enabling hierarchical intelligent control with appropriate-speed communication and coordination of control using intelligent distributed impedance/voltage injection modules, local intelligence centers, other actuator devices and miscellaneous FACTS coupled actuator devices is disclosed. Information transfer to a supervisory utility control is enabled for responding to integral power system disturbances, system modelling and optimization. By extending the control and communication capability to the edge of the HV power grid, control of the distribution network through FACTS based Demand response units is also enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: Smart Wires Inc.
    Inventors: Haroon Inam, Frank Kreikebaum, Debrup Das, Amrit Iyer, Aaron Zhou
  • Patent number: 11561815
    Abstract: Techniques are described for enabling a service provider to determine the power utilization of electrical lineups powering physical servers in a data center and place virtual machine instances into the physical servers based on the power utilization and a user-specified preference of a virtual machine instance type. In one embodiment, a computer-implemented method includes determining a power utilization for each lineup of a plurality of lineups that comprise a plurality of racks of physical servers, selecting a lineup of the plurality of lineups for the virtual machine instance based on the power utilizations for the plurality of lineups, selecting a virtual machine slot for the virtual machine instance from a plurality of candidate virtual machine slots of the physical servers of the lineup based on the user-specified preference, and causing the virtual machine slot of a physical server of the lineup to execute the virtual machine instance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Afshin Majd, Anoop G. Mavath, Diwakar Gupta, Matthew Shawn Wilson
  • Patent number: 11552436
    Abstract: A power control device is contained within a housing and has an electric current sensor configured to measure current passing through an electric outlet during a time period, a proximity sensor configured to detect a distance of an object relative to the electric outlet during the time period, a relay switch that can open or close to stop or conduct current through a circuit in the electric outlet in response to a command, and a wireless network interface in communication with the electric current sensor and the proximity sensor, the wireless network interface configured to transmit and receive data from the current sensor and the proximity sensor, to transmit commands to the relay switch, transmit the data to a computing device, and receive commands from the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Sapient Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel M. Parks
  • Patent number: 11551176
    Abstract: Methods and systems for evaluating economic viability of a proposed microgrid, including uncertain variables are disclosed. One or more candidate distributed energy resources can be selected for use within a proposed microgrid. An investment cost and an operation cost of the one or more candidate distributed energy resources can be determined. A cost of drawing power from a main power grid can be compared to a sum of the investment cost and the operation cost of the one or more candidate distributed energy resources. The proposed microgrid can be identified for installation when the sum of the investment cost and the operation cost is less than the cost of drawing power from the main power grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignees: Commonwealth Edison Company, University of Denver
    Inventors: Shay Bahramirad, Amin Khodaei
  • Patent number: 11552480
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are provided for controlling power transmission in a power transmitter. Voltage information including a minimum voltage, a maximum voltage, and a first voltage, is received from each of a plurality of power receivers. Power is transmitted to the plurality of power receivers based on the voltage information. A respective report about a power reception condition is received from each of the plurality of power receivers while transmitting the power. Each respective report includes a measured voltage at a corresponding power receiver of the plurality of power receivers. A power receiver is selected from among the plurality of power receivers based on the received reports. An amount of the power is adjusted by reducing a difference between a first voltage of the selected power receiver and a measured voltage of the selected power receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Inventors: Kang-Ho Byun, Se-Ho Park, Hae-Young Jun, Hee-Won Jung
  • Patent number: 11551323
    Abstract: To ensure safety of people needing to service a low-voltage network of an electric power distribution system, dwellings being connected to this network may include autonomous units for producing electricity, thus generating voltage and endangering the people servicing the work. Data are obtained from consumption records from the meter of each dwelling, in regular time intervals, and meteorological data are also obtained in the geographical area of these dwellings, in order to identify at least some weather conditions conducive to the production of energy by autonomous units. A model is then applied for detecting, based on the first and second data, a coincidence between periods of lower consumption measured by a meter and weather conditions conducive to electricity production by autonomous units during these periods. Therefore, information on the presence of autonomous units in the dwelling can be deduced and given to people before their servicing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Inventors: Philippe Charpentier, Camille Mevel
  • Patent number: 11537412
    Abstract: A new approach is proposed that contemplates systems and methods to support utilizing security device plugins for external device control and monitoring in a secured environment. A plugin that implements one or more functionalities to communicate with and to control operations of an external device is provided to a network security device/appliance. The plugin is then loaded to the network security appliance and integrated with a software running on the network security device, wherein the software obtains the functionalities offered by the plugin. A communication link is established between the plugin of the network security device and the external device following a communication protocol. The network security device is then configured to issue/receive one or more commands to/from the external device following the communication protocol to monitor and collect information from and/or control or be controlled by the external device remotely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Barracuda Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Weisshaupt, Reinhard Staudacher, Christoph Rauchegger
  • Patent number: 11527889
    Abstract: A method for operating a power generating facility connected to a power distribution grid having an uncertain power generation condition includes predicting a probabilistic power flow forecast in a transmission line of the power distribution grid for a period of time, wherein the transmission line is electrically coupled to the power generating facility, predicting, using the probabilistic power flow forecast, a probability of congestion over the transmission line of the power distribution grid during the period of time, generating a mitigation plan, including a load adjustment on the transmission line, using the probability of congestion predicted over the transmission line and a thermal limit constraint of the transmission line, wherein the mitigation plan balances load adjustment and an overlimit line capacity on the transmission line, and controlling the power generating facility, using the mitigation plan, to achieve load modification and mitigate the probability of congestion predicted in the transmissi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Utopus Insights, Inc.
    Inventors: Soumyadip Ghosh, Dung Phan
  • Patent number: 11502518
    Abstract: This energy management device is provided at a customer and is capable of controlling an electric appliance of the customer by communicating with a server. The server is configured to send a request for demand response. The energy management device includes: a receiver configured to receive the request for the demand response from the server; a transmitter configured to transmit a response indicating participation or nonparticipation with respect to the request; an electric appliance control unit configured to control the electric appliance; and an information acquisition unit configured to acquire information of the electric appliance. When determination that the request for the demand response is not achievable has been made after the response indicating participation has been transmitted, a response indicating nonparticipation is transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Inventor: Takafumi Matsumura
  • Patent number: 11486730
    Abstract: An electric energy supply management method includes having a certifier system define a reference electric power profile for an electric apparatus, and having the certifier system provide a device coupled to the electric apparats and to a socket that delivers electric energy provided by an electric energy supplier. The device is associated only to the electric apparatus through the reference electric power profile. The method also includes having a user of the electric apparatus couple the electric apparatus to the socket through the device, and having the device check that the electric apparatus is coupled to the socket by comparing a measured electric power profile of the electric apparatus to the reference electric power profile. If the check has a positive outcome, the method has the device collect measurements about the electric power used by the electric apparatus and certify them as energy consumptions of the electric apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: TELECOM ITALIA S.p.A.
    Inventors: Fabio Luigi Bellifemine, Danilo Gotta, Tiziana Trucco
  • Patent number: 11490471
    Abstract: A household appliance includes: a magnetron for generating microwaves during operation; a power supply unit; and a controller for specifying to the power supply unit a power level for the operation of the magnetron. The controller temporarily reduces, in a coexistence mode, the power level specified to the power supply unit for the operation of the magnetron in a manner that reduces or prevents disturbance of communication in a wireless network using beacon frames due to the microwaves generated by the magnetron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: MIELE & CIE. KG
    Inventors: Nils Langhammer, Frank Deter, Olaf Bloemker, Michael Junkmann, Christian Boemke
  • Patent number: 11489672
    Abstract: An example operation may include one or more of connecting, by a multi-party smart contract server, to a blockchain network configured to store cryptographic proofs, generating, by the multi-party smart contract server, a proposed transaction, providing, by the multi-party smart contract server, the proposed transaction to a plurality of participant nodes, receiving, by the multi-party smart contract server, responses to the proposed transaction from the participant nodes, executing, by the multi-party smart contract server, a smart contract to request from respondent participant nodes attestations of required conditions of the smart contract, receiving and verifying, by the multi-party smart contract server, the attestations from the respondent participant nodes, and executing the proposed transaction and posting a cryptographic proof of a successful execution to the blockchain, by the multi-party smart contract server, in response to a satisfaction of the required conditions of the smart contract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jeb R. Linton, James R. Kraemer
  • Patent number: 11483914
    Abstract: A lighting control system can be implemented to analyze information such as occupancy of a room, to track movements of one or more subjects in a room and to determine how many subjects are in a room. The lighting control system includes a lighting control module configured to cause a transmission of a quantity of electrical energy to a lighting circuit of a luminaire electrically connected to the lighting control module. The lighting control system include a sensor system positioned in the lighting control module. The sensor system includes a primary sensor and at least one auxiliary sensor. The sensor system includes a plurality of sensor types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Savant Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: William Lark, Jr., Nicholas David Pennycooke
  • Patent number: 11476693
    Abstract: Systems and methods of improving storage and consumption of electricity according to time-based tiered criteria are disclosed. An energy storage system controlled by a processor is optionally connected to a utility power grid, a photovoltaic (PV) power source, and/or electrical loads. Time-of-use (TOU) rates (or similar tiered criteria) are input into the processor, which sets charge and discharge profiles according to the criteria, the arrangement of time windows, and the user's preferences. Energy is stored or discharged according to these profiles. Additionally, the energy storage system may record the production and consumption patterns of the user over time, and use this information to modify the profiles for enhanced performance by allowing discharge during non-peak windows. Benefits include reduced electrical cost to the user, reduced strain on the utility power grid during peak consumption hours, and enhanced performance with regard to any other criteria input into the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Sonnen, Inc.
    Inventor: Carlos Restrepo
  • Patent number: 11462910
    Abstract: There is provided a system for assigning power to a plurality of smart appliances. The system includes a plurality of smart outlet assemblies. Each of the smart outlet assemblies is paired to and in electrical communication with a respective one of the smart appliances. The system includes at least one smart breaker assembly in electrical communication with the smart outlet assemblies. The system includes a master server in communication with the smart breaker assembly. The system includes distributed databases used to exchange data among the smart outlet assemblies, the smart breaker assembly, and the master server. The master server selectively assign power to respective ones of the smart appliances via the smart breaker assembly based on the data. If the master server is unreachable, the smart breaker assembly is configured to selectively assign power to the smart appliances based on the data records.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventor: Cheuk Kwan Lui
  • Patent number: 11450993
    Abstract: One embodiment is directed to detecting that a cable has been connected to a port of patching equipment and detecting that the cable is no longer connected to said port. In response to detecting that the cable is no longer connected, information associated with fixed cabling coupled to said port that is captured by a cable tester is downloaded to a controller. The downloaded information is associated with said port and the downloaded information and association information is locally stored at the controller. The locally stored information can then be used to create and/or populate objects in a database. Another embodiment is directed to including a storage device and a wireless interface in patching equipment or other equipment such as an outlet or consolidation point for use in writing information to the storage device and reading information from the storage device via the wireless interface. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Michael Gregory German, Ryan E. Enge, Andrew P. Roberts, Matias Peluffo, Masood Shariff, Ernest C. Pickens
  • Patent number: 11451056
    Abstract: The present invention provides a processing apparatus (10) including: an acquiring unit (11) which acquires an adjustment request specifying a control time period and a control amount for controlling power demand; a determining unit (12) which, on the basis of the adjustment request, determines a first consumer whose power demand is to be controlled, and a control amount of the first consumer and a time period during which power demand of the first consumer is controlled; and an inference unit (13) which infers whether, if power demand of the first consumer were controlled in accordance with a determination result made by the determining unit (12), power demand of the first consumer before and/or after control would change from power demand of the first consumer if the power demand were not controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventors: Hiroki Takeuchi, Hidekazu Kimura
  • Patent number: 11451064
    Abstract: When in the independent system: a natural energy generating apparatus, a storage battery system, a power generator, and a first load is connected to a power supply system; the natural energy generating apparatus supplies generated power to the power supply system; the storage battery system is a regulated power supply; and the power generator performs a constant power operation, information indicating states of the natural energy generating apparatus, the storage battery system, the power generator, the first load, and a second load is obtained. Operations of the natural energy generating apparatus and the power generator, connection of the second load to the power supply system, and paralleling off the second load from the power supply system are controlled based on the information so that a demand-supply balance of power in the independent system is maintained, with the first load maintained to be connected to the power supply system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Abe
  • Patent number: 11445153
    Abstract: A sensor for sensing environmental characteristics of a space may include a visible light sensing circuit for recording an image of the space and a control circuit responsive to the visible light sensing circuit. The control circuit may detect an occupancy or vacancy condition in the space in response to the visible light sensing circuit, and measure a light level in the space in response to the visible light sensing circuit. The control circuit may also include a low-energy occupancy sensing circuit for detecting an occupancy condition in the space. The control circuit may disable the visible light sensing circuit when the space is vacant. The control circuit may detect an occupancy condition in the space in response to the low-energy occupancy sensing circuit and subsequently enable the visible light sensing circuit. The visible light sensor may be configured in a way that protects the privacy of the occupants of the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventor: James P. Steiner
  • Patent number: 11437817
    Abstract: A method for driving an electricity production assembly includes an electricity production system, that generates an output power, as well as an electricity storage system. The production assembly is driven, at each time-step, in such a way as to deliver a total power that is less than a maximum admissible power. The maximum admissible power is determined in such a way that the production assembly can, starting from this power, and taking account of a stored energy in the storage system at the considered time-step, progressively reach, with a moderate slope, a minimum anticipated power, which is representative of the worst downward variation expected for the output power in case of degradations in meteorological conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventors: Franck Al Shakarchi, Franck Bourry, Audrey Wantier
  • Patent number: 11431173
    Abstract: Power demand control is performed without a decrease in productivity. A device for performing electric power demand control includes: a processor; and a storage medium including an instruction for causing the processor to obtain a sum of energy consumption of a plurality of manufacturing devices, obtain a production capacity from production information on each manufacturing device, and perform electric power demand control on a manufacturing system based on the production capacity and the sum of energy consumption. To perform electric power control includes determining that electric power demand control is necessary if the sum of energy consumption reaches a predetermined threshold and excluding one of the manufacturing devices having a smallest production capacity from a target of electric power demand control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Inventors: Yuichi Higuchi, Hiroshi Amano, Yosuke Tajika, Taichi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 11411402
    Abstract: A power transmission and modulation control system may perform one or more operations including, but not limited to: receiving provider net energy availability data indicative of energy available from a power provider over a time interval; receiving end-user energy demand data indicating: an amount of energy to be provided to at least one powered device, and an end-time by which the amount of energy is to be provided to the at least one powered device; determining one or more time intervals over which the amount of energy to be provided to the at least one powered device can be allocated; and controlling a power regulator to provide the amount of energy to the at least one powered device over the selected time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Aquila IP, LLC
    Inventors: Harish P. Singh, Rina Singh
  • Patent number: 11404893
    Abstract: A vehicle power supply control system includes a communicator configured to receive an emergency notification for notifying that an emergency situation has occurred and a controller configured to control charging and discharging of a secondary battery that supplies electric power to an electric motor for outputting a travel driving force of a vehicle. The controller is configured to perform control for extending an electric power supply range in the secondary battery in a case where the communicator has received the emergency notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shuichi Kazuno
  • Patent number: 11391600
    Abstract: The subject disclosure provides a communications architecture for managing/relaying utility information, such as energy, water or gas information. In one aspect, the system includes a hub having a first communications interface for receiving consumption data of a predetermined energy load and a second communications interface for communicating with a metering device. The second communications interface is configured to transmit the consumption data to the metering device and to receive control signals from the metering device where the consumption data is communicated using a first protocol and wherein the control signals are communicated using a second protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Energy Hub, Inc.
    Inventors: Seth Frader-Thompson, Thomas Kennedy, Andrew Martin, Daniel Riegel, Stephan von Muehlen
  • Patent number: 11393648
    Abstract: An automatic configurable relay and a method for automatically configuring a relay. The relay comprises an input sampling module for coupling to a source to be monitored, the sampling module configured to detect a first value of a parameter of the source to be monitored; and a processing module configured to set a working condition based on the detected first value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Logistics Asia PTE LTD.
    Inventors: Ya Chee Yeong, Liew Yew Loung
  • Patent number: 11392984
    Abstract: This application relates to apparatus and methods for automatically determining and providing item category advertisement recommendations. In some examples, a computing device obtains transaction data identifying historical transactions. The computing device generates a first model, and trains the first model with non-seasonal data. The computing device generates a second model, and trains the second model with seasonal data. The computing device then generates a seasonal re-rank model based on the first model and the second model. The seasonal re-rank model, when executed, identifies probabilities of purchase of categories of items. In some examples, the computing device selects item advertisements to provide for display to a customer based on the probabilities of purchase of categories of items determined by the seasonal re-rank model. The selected item advertisements may be displayed to the customer, for example, on a website.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Luyi Ma, Hyun Duk Cho, Sushant Kumar, Kannan Achan
  • Patent number: 11387657
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for controlling power ramps with prediction in intermittent power generation plants, such as, for example, a photovoltaic solar plant, which minimizes the storage capacity required for compliance with the maximum ramp requirements for power fluctuation as well as the cycling of said storage systems, thus extending its lifespan and also reducing associated energy losses, thus reducing investment costs in the plant, such that, in order to achieve the same maximum fluctuation ramp, a minor use is made of the energy storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: ACCIONA ENERGIA, S.A.
    Inventors: Eugenio Guelbenzu Michelena, Asun Padros Razquin, Raquel Rojo Ochoa, Luis Marroyo Palomo, Javier Marcos Alvarez, Inigo De La Parra Laita, Miguel Garcia Solano
  • Patent number: 11387656
    Abstract: To calculate the prediction of the power generation amount with high accuracy even when the amount of the track record data of the Generator power generation amount is insufficient or the amount of the weather track record data similar to the weather prediction result is small.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Daichi Kato, Nao Saito, Masahiro Yatsu
  • Patent number: 11381084
    Abstract: A method includes receiving electrical measurements of an input signal of a power system. The method includes determining an estimated frequency of the power system using a rate of change of phase of the power system and using zero crossings of the power system. Selection between using the rate of change of phase of the power system and using zero crossings of the power system is based on a comparison between an estimated phase angle and a measured phase angle of the power system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcos A. Donolo, Jay Hartshorn, Veselin Skendzic, Chandrasekaran Swaminathan, Vinod K. Yedidi, Angelo D'Aversa, Hang Li, Subhash C. Patel
  • Patent number: 11378941
    Abstract: A method for scheduling cyclic control applications on a controller includes defining a plurality of function block clusters by clustering a plurality of function blocks of the cyclic control applications based on a sampling time of each function block, creating a plurality of organization blocks from the plurality of function block clusters, each organization block comprising at least one function block from a function block cluster and an organization block record including a sampling time value and next deadline time value associated with the corresponding organization block, and scheduling the plurality of organization blocks for execution on the controller, based on either a sampling time value and/or the next deadline time value, where a sampling time value of an organization block is based at least one sampling time of at least one function block of the corresponding organization block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Inventors: Rene Ermler, Jörg Neidig, Martin Witte
  • Patent number: 11359933
    Abstract: A method for managing communications within a network comprising utility meters, each associated and connected to at least one utility management center through at least one intermediate data concentrator. A message is sent by a utility meter to the destination data concentrator. This message includes metering data measurement reported by said utility meter, its utility meter identifier, the destination data concentrator identifier and the management center identifier. Then, on the basis of several metering data measurements, a metering counter differential consumption value is calculated by difference of two metering counter consumption indexes measured by the utility meter within a time period interval. Then, a report containing at least the metering counter differential consumption value is sent from the destination data concentrator towards the utility management center to which said utility meter is associated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: NAGRAVISION S.A.
    Inventors: Joel Wenger, Corinne Le Buhan
  • Patent number: 11349309
    Abstract: A method and device for load shedding in an electrical power system is provided. The electrical power system includes a device that electrically couples one or more load feeder lines to the electrical power system, where each load feeder lines provides power to consumers. The method includes: monitoring the electrical frequency of the electrical power system and monitoring a frequency stability parameter, which is dependent on a rate of change of the electrical frequency. A control signal is generated to disconnect at least one load feeder line by the device when the monitored frequency is at or below at least a predetermined disconnection frequency threshold and the monitored frequency stability parameter is at or has passed at least one predetermined frequency stability parameter threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventor: Urban Rudez
  • Patent number: 11342790
    Abstract: Methods and systems for controlling electrical distribution grids. The method includes determining premises in an electrical distribution grid that include an energy resource. The method further includes determining a configuration of the electrical distribution grid including a micro-grid, the micro-grid including the one or more premises. The method further includes electrically isolating, monitoring and controlling the micro-grid from the electrical distribution grid through the use of a micro-grid manager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Terrance Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Gopal K. Bhageria, Jean-Gael F. Reboul, Matthew B. Trevathan
  • Patent number: 11334036
    Abstract: A system and method for managing operation of electrical devices includes a control module that monitors status of multiple sources of electrical power to one or more electrical devices and electrical usage of the one or more electrical devices that receive electricity from the source of electrical power. The operation of the one or more electrical devices is managed using a machine learning model that forecasts status of the at least one source of electrical power and generates operational rules for the one or more electrical devices from historical values of control parameters of the one or more electrical devices, the status of the source of electrical power, and the electrical usage of the one or more electrical devices. The system may optimize renewable energy utilization, power grid stabilization, cost of electrical power usage, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Weiwei Yang, Christopher Miles White, Kateryna Lytvynets, Darren Keith Edge, Amber D. Hoak
  • Patent number: 11334033
    Abstract: Techniques for operational planning in a microgrid by means of optimization are provided. This involves a power exchange with a primary grid being taken into consideration. The operational planning in this case is performed by using an optimization, e.g. a (mixed) integer linear optimization. The various examples describe how a power exchange (balancing) can be provided for a primary grid to which the microgrid is connected. In particular, this is achieved by taking into consideration a distinction for the constraint of the optimization. In this manner, a lead time between a request for the power exchange and the actual activating of the power exchange can be taken into consideration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventors: Corinna Gottschalk, Martin Seydenschwanz
  • Patent number: 11329485
    Abstract: A method for controlling power consumption includes estimating power flexibility for one or more electrical systems in a building, presenting one or more power flexibility options to a user in the building, and communicating power set points to the one or more electrical systems based on a power flexibility option selected by the user. A system for predicting energy consumption of a building is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: Stefano Riverso, Marcello Torchio, Sarah O'Connell
  • Patent number: 11320873
    Abstract: A method, performed by an electronic device, of controlling an external device is provided. The method includes sensing noise generated by an operation of the external device, determining, based on the sensed noise, whether the external device operates in an idle state, obtaining an amount of power consumed by the external device during operation when the external device operates in the idle state, and controlling the external device based on the obtained amount of power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tetiana Ignatova
  • Patent number: 11312251
    Abstract: The present application relates to the field of automotive technologies, and provides an electric vehicle wireless charging method, an apparatus, and a system. A wireless charging station can charge an electric vehicle according to a charging request of the electric vehicle and charging permission of the electric vehicle prestored on the wireless charging station, so that resources of the wireless charging station are maximally used, and resource waste of the wireless charging station is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yingtao Li, Pinghua Wang, Zhixian Wu
  • Patent number: 11308817
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of optimizing the performance of a reconfigurable power system is provided. The method comprises the steps of: receiving an operating profile for the power system; partitioning the operating profile into a plurality of sub-phases; performing a coarse optimisation routine of the power system over each sub-phase of the operating profile to derive a respective coarsely optimised configuration of the power system; performing a fine optimisation routine of each coarsely optimised configuration over its respective sub-phase of the operating profile to derive a respective finely optimised configuration for that sub-phase; and defining settings of the power system to implement the finely optimised configurations thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventors: Andrew R Mills, Maszatul M Mansor, Derek S Wall
  • Patent number: 11309734
    Abstract: System for controlling power consumption on a portion of a distribution grid providing electrical power to a plurality of power-consuming units and including a substation providing one or more transformers operable to increase or decrease the voltage supplied to consumers within the portion of the grid. A data set includes a previously measured power consumption associated with previously measured values of (a) property(ies) being one of voltage, current, frequency or load, or a combination thereof. A measurement device for measuring the property(ies) of the grid. A processing device to determine from the previously measured values of the property(ies) a most likely effect of altering the value(s) of the property(ies) from a first value to a second value. A storage device for storing one or more rules associating a measured condition with a corrective action. The system being operable to determine whether a measurement meets a measured condition of a stored rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventor: Steve Cox
  • Patent number: 11308508
    Abstract: A method includes generating a utility portal interface in response to a request from a utility computer system that receives parameters that specify a demand response event; providing a display of groups of energy-consuming locations that are available to be selected to participate in the demand response event; providing a display of an energy demand profile for the utility during the demand response event; receiving a selection of a subset of the groups of energy-consuming locations to participate in the demand response event; causing the display of the energy demand profile for the utility during the demand response event to be dynamically updated as the subset of the groups of energy-consuming locations are selected or deselected by the utility computer system to participate; and sending transmissions to thermostats associated with the subset of the groups of energy-consuming locations to execute the demand response event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Anthony M. Fadell, Matthew L. Rogers, David Sloo, Scott A. McGaraghan, Samuel W. Kortz
  • Patent number: 11304176
    Abstract: A device control system includes a control request issuing unit for issuing a control request defining a position of a moving object and the device control according to operation of a user; a determination plan generation unit configured to, based on the control request, generating a condition; a determination unit for determining whether a condition of the control request related to the moving object is satisfied and issuing an identifier of the control request; at least one condition determination generated by the determination plan generation unit; an execution plan generation unit for generating a control execution unit configured to receive the identifier of the control request, identifying a device that is a control target according to a control rule defined in the control request, and transferring a control command according to a control procedure, and one or a plurality of control execution units generated by the execution plan generation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Akinori Asahara, Nobuo Sato