Utility Usage Patents (Class 705/412)
  • Patent number: 11409315
    Abstract: Accessing an energy management policy for a plurality of devices is described, wherein the devices are coupled with a first structure. The energy usage of the devices is monitored. An energy usage rule and energy usage is then compared. The energy management policy and energy usage is also compared. Based on the comparing, an instruction is generated to modify an energy usage profile of said device to correlate with the energy usage rule associated with the devices and the energy management policy, thereby enabling efficient energy management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Jason C. Weaver, Bradley A. Kayton
  • Patent number: 11403647
    Abstract: A system may provide virtual energy audits of one or more target buildings. The system may retrieve weather data and energy usage data specific to a given target building from a weather server and a utility server, respectively. The system may store predefined building characteristics corresponding to the given target building in local memory. Based on the weather data, energy usage data, and/or predefined building characteristics, the system may generate one or more building markers that characterize the energy usage and efficiency of the given target building. Building efficiency diagnostics and energy conservation prognostics may be generated based on the building markers and may be sent by the system to be displayed via a user interface of a client device. The energy conservation prognostics may include one or more energy conservation measure recommendations and corresponding predicted cost/energy savings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Case Western Reserve University
    Inventors: Alexis Abramson, Roger French, Ethan Pickering, Mohammad Hossain, Arash Khalilnejad, Rojiar Haddadian
  • Patent number: 11405261
    Abstract: A network device may receive, from a collector device, a request for telemetry data associated with service interfaces and counters of the network device. The network device may determine, based on the request, a first quantity of the service interfaces and a second quantity of the counters. The network device may determine a first time interval to send delta values of the telemetry data associated with the service interfaces and the counters, and a second time interval to send absolute values of the telemetry data, based on the first time interval, the first quantity of the service interfaces, and the second quantity of the counters. The network device may provide, to the collector device, the absolute values of the telemetry data based on the second time interval and may provide, to the collector device, the delta values of the telemetry data based on the first time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Juniper Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: John Myla, Swamy Sadashivaiah Kananda, Avinash Reddy Singireddy
  • Patent number: 11390183
    Abstract: Charging scheduling systems and methods for charging devices applied to at least one charging device and a cloud management module are provided for charging an electric vehicle. First, a power status of a battery module of the electric vehicle is detected through a battery detection unit of the charging device, and electricity rate data corresponding to the charging device including the electricity price of corresponding power company at different times is then obtained by cloud management module. Next, through cloud management module, at least one charging period with a lower electricity price is determined based on electricity rate data corresponding to charging device and power status to control the charging of the electric vehicle by the charging device to be performed during the determined charging period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: NOODOE CORPORATION
    Inventors: John C. Wang, Te-Chuan Liu, Chun-Hung Kung
  • Patent number: 11346572
    Abstract: A central energy facility (CEF) includes a plurality of powered CEF components, a battery unit, and a predictive CEF controller. The powered CEF components include a chiller unit and a cooling tower. The battery unit is configured to store electric energy from an energy grid and discharge the stored electric energy for use in powering the powered CEF components. The predictive CEF controller is configured to optimize a predictive cost function to determine an optimal amount of electric energy to purchase from the energy grid and an optimal amount of electric energy to store in the battery unit or discharge from the battery unit for use in powering the powered CEF components at each time step of an optimization period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Tyco IP Holdings LLP
    Inventors: Robert D. Turney, Nishith R. Patel
  • Patent number: 11340273
    Abstract: To improve determination accuracy of determining whether a user is present in a house. A presence-in-house determination system 1 includes: a first presence-in-house determination unit 111 configured to determine whether the user is present in the house based on a change over time in electric power consumption of the house of the user; second presence-in-house determination units 112A and 112B configured to determine whether the user is present in the house based on an operation state of at least one of electric appliances 20A and 20B provided in the house; and a comprehensive determination unit 114 configured to determine whether the user is present in the house based on a determination result of the first presence-in-house determination unit and a determination result of the second presence-in-house determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Akihito Akai, Tomoya Fujiwara, Yoshihiro Machida, Yoshiki Matsuura
  • Patent number: 11333513
    Abstract: A route searching apparatus for searching for a route through which a moving body which moves by electric energy from a changeable battery reaches a destination has a position obtaining unit configured to obtain a current position of the moving body; a predicting unit configured to predict a time of arrival at a battery changing station based on a position of the battery changing station; a stock information obtaining unit configured to obtain stock information of a changeable battery in the battery changing station at the time of arrival; an estimating unit configured to estimate a movable range based on a residual amount of a changeable battery mounted in the moving body; and a searching unit configured to search for a route through which the moving body reaches the destination via the battery changing station, based on the stock information and the movable range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masato Mukai, Masahiro Kuroki, Akihisa Otsuka
  • Patent number: 11328370
    Abstract: According to the first aspect of the invention, a system for adaptively maximizing cost savings or profits over a period of time in response to a time-bound variable is provided, comprising: a limited capacity energy storage device configured to provide energy to or receive energy from an electrical consumer and/or producer and to alternatively receive energy from or supply energy to an electrical grid; a bilateral flow link operatively coupled to the energy storage device and configured to control a direction and a magnitude of a flow of the energy from or to the energy storage device, the magnitude of the energy being within an operating range comprising a maximum possible flow of energy to the energy storage device (in-flow limit) and a maximum possible flow of energy from the energy storage device (out-flow limit); and a control device operatively coupled to the bilateral flow link; wherein the control device controls an energy flow via the bilateral flow link in response to the time-bound variable used t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: BEEBRYTE SAS
    Inventors: Frederic Crampe, Patrick Leguillette
  • Patent number: 11306923
    Abstract: An intra-day rolling scheduling method for an integrated heat and electricity system including: establishing an objective function for scheduling of the integrated heat and electricity system, the objective function aiming to make operating costs of the integrated heat and electricity system to be a minimum; establishing constraints for a steady-state safe operation of the integrated heat and electricity system; and solving the objective function based on the constraints by an interior point method, to obtain an active power and a heating power of each combined heat and power unit, an active power of each thermal power unit, a heating power of each heat pump, and an active power consumed by each circulating pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Hongbin Sun, Qinglai Guo, Bin Wang, Yuwei Chen
  • Patent number: 11299185
    Abstract: A method and a computer program product monitor infrastructure facilities of a route network for vehicles. The vehicles generate messages about a respective operating state, which messages are transmitted with a time and a specification of location which represent the occurrence of a signaled operating state, to a land-based evaluation device. The messages received are stored in a database and evaluated. The messages of a predefined time period relating to a predefined operating state are read out from the database. Limited areas with frequent occurrence of the predefined operating state are determined by means of a predefined algorithm. The infrastructure facilities in the areas with the frequent occurrence of the predefined operating state as a possible cause of the predefined operating state of the vehicles are identified, and information about the infrastructure facilities which are detected as a possible cause of the predefined operating state of the vehicles are output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Siemens Mobility GmbH
    Inventor: Helge Aufderheide
  • Patent number: 11301689
    Abstract: In accordance with aspects of the present disclosure, a system of monitoring one or more consumer goods is provided. The system includes at least one monitoring device configured to capture and transmit data about the one or more consumer goods and at least one computing device configured to receive data from the at least one monitoring device, perform analysis on the captured data, and generate one or more notifications or triggers based on the analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Inteladata, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Dreesch, Lappin Hammond
  • Patent number: 11296508
    Abstract: An aggregation comprises: loads that draw electricity, and a hierarchy including a root dispatch engine at the top of the hierarchy, downstream dispatch engines each servicing downstream points comprising further downstream dispatch engines or loads, and the loads at the bottom of the hierarchy. Each downstream dispatch engine sends draw dispatches to its downstream points such that the total draw computed by summing the draw dispatches equals a draw dispatch received by the downstream dispatch engine from the dispatch engine above it in the hierarchy. The sent draw dispatches also satisfy downstream point draw constraints communicated to the downstream dispatch engine from its downstream points. In a method, a baseline long-term draw dispatch is determined for the aggregation, and the baseline long-term draw dispatch is modulated over a shorter time interval based on a short-term draw requirement to determine a draw dispatch for the aggregation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Jason W. Black, Bradley C. Glenn, Eric Rehberg
  • Patent number: 11283292
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for managing environmental conditions and energy usage associated with a site. One exemplary method of regulating an environment condition at a site involves a server receiving environmental measurement data from a monitoring system at the site via a network, determining an action for an electrical appliance at the site based at least in part on the environmental measurement data and one or more monitoring rules associated with the site, and providing an indication of the action to an actuator for the electrical appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Wester, Matthew Paiz, Aleksandr Shulman
  • Patent number: 11271418
    Abstract: A charging method (100) for an electrical energy store (22) of a motor vehicle (20) is disclosed, including the steps of: detecting (110) the current charge state of the electrical energy store (22), detecting (120) the planned scope of use of the motor vehicle (20), ascertaining (130) the ambient temperatures present during the planned use, ascertaining (140) a target charge state of the electrical energy store as a function of the maximum possible charge state and the detected ambient temperature, producing (150) a signal as a function of the ascertained target charge state and transmitting the produced signal to the charging current regulator (28, 48) and/or an output means (17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Stephan Leuthner
  • Patent number: 11271397
    Abstract: A system state estimation device according to the present invention includes: a classification unit that classifies first meter data into a plurality of groups, the first meter data being meter data metered in a first time zone by at least some of a plurality of smart meters; a statistic calculation unit that calculates variation of the first meter data for each of the groups; used data determination unit that determines, for each of the groups, whether to use meter data in a second time zone or a substitute value in estimation computation for estimating a system state in the second time zone on the basis of the variation; and an aggregation unit and a power flow calculation unit that perform the estimation computation on the basis of a result of determination performed by the used data determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuhiko Itaya, Tomihiro Takano
  • Patent number: 11257038
    Abstract: Events that are described in either structured data (e.g. HTML web page or email) or text in a natural language description can be extracted and entered into one or more calendars on a user's device. In one embodiment, selecting an add event command in a calendar application can cause the calendar application to search, without having received any search input, in a database of extracted events, and events extracted within a predetermined period of time can be suggested as events to add to the calendar. In one embodiment, an extracted event can cause a notification to be displayed to a user. Other embodiments are also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Sofiane Toudji, Tim A. Aerts
  • Patent number: 11225162
    Abstract: An on-demand power service provides electrical vehicle charging. Requesting the on-demand power service may include determining a current location of a computing device, determining an amount of power requested by a user of the computing device, and locating a plurality of mobile charging stations within a predefined geographic distance from the current location of the computing device. The method further includes receiving a price associated with each respective mobile charging station among the plurality of mobile charging stations, and providing on a display of the computing device, selectable options to purchase on-demand power from a mobile charging station among the plurality of mobile charging stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Erik Westin
  • Patent number: 11176612
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to a matching engine for the coordination of electric energy production and consumption, in particular in the presence of uncertainty. The engine provides matching based on uncertainty and flexibility in the electric supply and demand chains. The system can use quantified characterizations of uncertainty and flexibility provided by performance measurements of the elements in the chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Fabian Mueller, Olle Sundstroem
  • Patent number: 11167659
    Abstract: Systems and methods for allocating electrical energy within a storage cell. Energy stored in an energy storage cell is allocated to multiple energy sub-partitions. Each energy sub-partition is associated with a user. A request to buy an amount of energy from an energy sub-partition assigned to another user is sent by a present user to at least one respective user in the plurality of users. Based on sending the request to sell an amount of energy, at least one response with an offer to sell energy to the present user is received. Acceptance of a selected offer within the at least one response is received, where the selected offer was sent by a winning user. The amount of energy is re-allocated from an energy sub-portion allocated to the winning user to an energy sub-portion associated with the present user based on receiving the acceptance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Inventus Holdings, LLC.
    Inventors: Rachana Vidhi, Prasanna Shrivastava, Daniel M. Brake, Matthew S. Handel
  • Patent number: 11157974
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with performing multiple periodic meter data evaluations during a billing cycle are described. In one embodiment, a method includes performing a plurality of meter data evaluations at periodic intervals during a billing cycle for consumption of a resource by a user having a prepaid account for the resource. The example method may also include for a meter data evaluation, obtain meter data from a meter. The meter data is indicative of a consumption measurement during a first timespan. The example method may also include executing a charge calculation function upon the consumption measurement to generate a charge amount for the first timespan. The charge amount is deducted from a credit balance within the prepaid account to create a first temporary billing segment indicative of a current balance of the prepaid account. A shutoff command is created if the current balance is below a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventor: Hung Nguyen
  • Patent number: 11159044
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for providing a hierarchical framework for integrating distributed energy resources into power distribution systems. In one example of the disclosed technology, a method implemented with an aggregation server includes receiving a respective utility function associated with each of at least two of a plurality of distributed energy resources representing an amount of energy produced or consumed by the respective associated distributed energy resource as a function of energy price, producing an aggregated utility function associated with the plurality of distributed energy resources based on the received utility functions, transmitting the produced aggregated utility function to a coordinator, receiving a clearing value from the coordinator, and transmitting the received clearing value to each of the plurality of distributed energy resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Jianming Lian, Karanjit Kalsi, Di Wu, Jacob Hansen, Trevor D. Hardy, Laurentiu D. Marinovici
  • Patent number: 11153113
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a system for adapting a pool pump for wireless communication. In some embodiments, a system for adapting a pool pump with a serial communication port for communication with a user via a remote server, an internet connection, and internet enabled device is provided, the system comprising: a wireless gateway device connected to a router; and a wireless adapter connected to the serial communication port, comprising: a gateway node; a transceiver; and a processor programmed to: establish a wireless connection with the wireless gateway; receive a first message from the pool pump; cause the gateway node to modify the first message; cause the first modified message to be transmitted to the remote server via the wireless gateway; receive a second message from the remote server; modify the second message for output to the pool pump; and transmit the second modified message to the pool pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Pentair Water Pool and Spa, Inc.
    Inventors: Hassan Khalid, Micheal Pasche, Brian Broga, Robert Westphal, Brian Boothe
  • Patent number: 11129256
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing network connectivity and remote monitoring, optimization, and control of pool/spa equipment are provided. “Internet-of-Things” (IoT) functionality is provided for pool and spa equipment in a flexible and cost-effective manner. Network connectivity and remote monitoring/control of pool and spa equipment is provided by various components such as a network communication and local control subsystem installed in pool/spa equipment, and other components. Also disclosed are various control processes (“pool logic”) which can be embodied as software code installed in any of the various embodiments of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Potucek, James Murdock, James Carter, Gregory Fournier, Arthur W. Johnson, III, David Blaine, Jason DeBruin, Bruce Aubrey, Scott Petty, Jason Parcell, Craig Horrocks
  • Patent number: 11128780
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses methods and systems for managing one or more multi-function devices during an emergency in an organization. The method includes receiving one or more emergency signals from one or more sensors installed within the organization. Based on the one or more emergency signals, status of access to an organization gateway is checked to ascertain the occurrence of emergency. Based on the ascertainment, the one or more multi-function devices are automatically disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Shanmukha Teja Badana, Pedireddy Devi, Sai Praneeth Kannegolla, Srinivasarao Bindana
  • Patent number: 11120440
    Abstract: Users of a communication system can initiate electronic payments during a communication session hosted by the communication system or via a social network identity page hosted by the communication system. The communication system detects a payment signal from a user of the communication system and the collects payment information details either by displaying a payment object interface in a communication application of the user or receiving payment information input directly from the user's communication device. The payment information includes sender and recipient payment account identifiers that are communicated to a payment processing system for processing and delivery of the designated payment amount to the recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Travis Harrison Kroll Green, Michael DePasquale, Boris Mizhen, Josh Ostrow, Peter Schmitt, Kevin Michael Bierhoff, Alevtina Stolpnik, Avery Pennarun, Narelle Cozens
  • Patent number: 11090662
    Abstract: A new and improved hydrocyclone roping and wear management system and method for its use are provided. The system includes one or more wireless electronic roping sensors and/or one or more wireless electronic wear sensors disposed in communication with one or more hydrocyclones, along with a wireless electronic controller. The system is capable of wirelessly detecting roping and/or wear conditions within one or more hydrocyclone separators during their operation, communicating electronic data corresponding to the roping and/or wear conditions to an associated hydrocyclone control system, and causing adjustments in controlling operational parameters for the hydrocyclones. The associated method includes steps for wirelessly acquiring roping and/or wear condition data using the wireless electronic controller and delivering the data to the hydrocyclone control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventors: Barry Michael Buttler, Matthew Peter Bochicchio, Jon Robert Culbertson, Robert Bennett Singer
  • Patent number: 11078773
    Abstract: Computer-implemented systems and computer-implemented methods include the following. A choke/pressure control valve (PCV) gas rate is determined for each well of a group of producing wells. A downstream temperature (DST) gas rate is determined for each well of the group of producing wells. Parameters for a well rate test are determined for each well of the group of producing wells using the choke/PCV gas rate and the DST gas rate. A total gas rate for the producing wells is determined using the parameters. A gas production allocation factor (G-PAF) for the producing wells is determined. A production allocation for each well of the producing wells is determined using the total gas rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Muhammad Idris, Ahmed H. Mahsoon, Mohammed A. Al-Atwi
  • Patent number: 11075958
    Abstract: A method includes identifying power connections between plural components of a time sensitive network (TSN) that are interconnected via a predetermined connection plan. The method also includes determining a topology of the components of the TSN based on the power connections. Also, the method includes scheduling flows for the TSN based on the topology determined based on the power connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Stephen Francis Bush
  • Patent number: 11068634
    Abstract: A data processing system includes a user interface with a user input configured to enable a user to specify a type of simulation to be performed and at least one initial condition, where the simulation is executed using at least one sensor input from a grid structure composed of at least one of a power transmission and distribution grid. The user interface further has a display configured to visualize a representation of a result of a simulation of at least one scenario by presenting a multi-dimensional representation comprised of indicators, where each indicator corresponds to at least one simulation result. The user interface responds to a selection of one of the indicators by the user to visualize a result of the corresponding simulation. The type of simulation can be an N?k contingency analysis simulation, where k is equal to zero, 1 or greater than 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert F. Enenkel, Michael P. Perrone
  • Patent number: 11056913
    Abstract: A grid distribution system aggregates energy resources of multiple distributed energy resources (DERs) and provides service to one or more energy markets with the DERs as a single market resource. The DERs can create data to indicate realtime local demand and local energy capacity of the DERs. Based on DER information and realtime market information, the system can compute how to provide one or more services to the power grid based on an aggregation of DER energy capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Apparent Labs, LLC
    Inventors: Stefan Matan, Fred C. Horton, Frank P. Marrone
  • Patent number: 11055732
    Abstract: Systems and methods to control activation of a generation unit. Compute an offer amount, representative of a value at which power is available to be supplied by a generation unit for a current or each subsequent upcoming time period in a time window. Construct energy supply curves using a set of points for each time period in the time window, to obtain associated amounts of power to supply with corresponding prices per each time period. Use a gradual decreasing price staircase approach to iteratively determine multiple offer amount scenarios. Submit the multiple offer amount scenarios along with corresponding values representative of available quantities of power to an operator computer that controls a market-based resource allocation system. Receive back a submitted supply value for the current or upcoming time period. Compare the submitted supply value to the submitted offer amount, and activate or deactivate the generation unit based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Hongbo Sun
  • Patent number: 11054165
    Abstract: An architecture is presented for one or more climate systems controlled by one or more thermostat devices located in one or more dwellings associated with one or more users. Depending on the combination of the above factors, ecorank information is determined and presented. In some cases, the thermostats operate independently and settings are not propagated. In other cases, the thermostats operate dependently and settings are mirrored. One thermostat may be used to control another. Setting changes in at one thermostat may be presented at another thermostat. In some cases, the setting changes may require confirmation. In some instances, a hub device may be used to interconnect a thermostat device and server device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Ikorongo Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Hugh Blake Svendsen
  • Patent number: 11029652
    Abstract: A method for controlling an energy storage system which includes receiving time-series data and customer specific data and developing one or more customer specific control models based, at least in part, on the time-series data and the customer specific data. After developing one or more customer specific control models, the method proceeds by training the customer specific control models and then deploying the customer specific control model to the customer for use by the customer to determine which of a plurality of modes the energy storage system should be in. The method may include the development, deployment and/or execution of one or more centralized control models for controlling a network of any combination of common and/or different customer control models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: REPOSIT POWER PTY LTD.
    Inventors: Lachlan John Emblen Blackhall, Corrado Dean Paul Spaccavento
  • Patent number: 11023919
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus are disclosed for providing instant rebates before a transaction is completed. This involves ingest of customer and rebate data from two or more utilities, where the data is parsed and normalized into a standard format across all of the utilities. The customer data is then stored in an accounts database, while the rebate data is further processed along with utility rebate rules to determine a set of rebate eligibilities for a variety of scenarios. The resulting rebate profiles can be stored in a rebates database and linked to corresponding customer account data in the accounts database. Third-party frontends can then request rebate eligibility based on a customer identifier and retail channel, and various services can work in tandem to query the rebated database and return a set of eligibilities with so little latency that the eligibility check appears instant from a customer's standpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Simple Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Yoav Lurie, Justin Segall, Michel Jaroenvanit, John Vajda, Sean McColgan, Jarod Earl Stewart, Nicolae Radu Girleanu, Ilya A. Sukhanov, Michael Konrath
  • Patent number: 11016458
    Abstract: Examples relate to adjusting load power consumption based on a power option agreement. A computing system may receive power option data that is based on a power option agreement and specify minimum power thresholds associated with time intervals. The computing system may determine a performance strategy for a load (e.g., set of computing systems) based on a combination of the power option data and one or more monitored conditions. The performance strategy may specify a power consumption target for the load for each time interval such that each power consumption target is equal to or greater than the minimum power threshold associated with each time interval. The computing system may provide instructions the set of computing systems to perform one or more computational operations based on the performance strategy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: LANCIUM LLC
    Inventors: Michael T. McNamara, Raymond E. Cline, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11010846
    Abstract: A building energy system includes a controller configured to obtain representative loads and rates for a plurality of scenarios and generate a cost function comprising a risk attribute and multiple demand charges. Each of the demand charges corresponds to a demand charge period and defines a cost based on a maximum amount of at least one of the energy resources purchased within the corresponding demand charge period. The controller is configured to determine, for each of the multiple demand charges, a peak demand target for the corresponding demand charge period by performing a first optimization of the risk attribute over the plurality of the scenarios, allocate an amount of the one or more energy resources to be consumed, produced, stored, or discharged by the building equipment by performing a second optimization subject to one or more constraints based on the peak demand target for each of the multiple demand charges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Mohammad N. ElBsat, Michael J. Wenzel, Robert D. Turney
  • Patent number: 10996705
    Abstract: A building control system that includes a post VEE readings data stores, a rules processor, weather stores, and a building controller. The stores provide tagged data sets that are each associated with a corresponding one of energy consumption streams, each of the sets having groups of contiguous interval values tagged as having been validated. The rules processor reads the stores and creates anomalies having different durations using only the groups of contiguous interval values and generates estimates for the anomalies by employing estimation techniques for each of the different durations and selects one of the estimation techniques for subsequent employment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Enel X North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth J. Main, Wendy Chen
  • Patent number: 10989743
    Abstract: A power-demand-value calculating system includes a storage device and an arithmetic device. The storage device stores data of combinations of temperatures and power result values. The arithmetic device selects data equal to or higher than a predetermined temperature from the storage device and, calculates, when the power result values corresponding to the temperatures of the selected data are smaller than a power calculation value which is calculated from a regression formula derived from the data of the combinations and the temperatures of the selected data, a maximum power demand value based on the temperatures equal to or higher than the predetermined temperature and the regression formula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Masayuki Kitajima, Tetsuji Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10991041
    Abstract: A process/method is provided for the next generation of electricity market systems that support competitive trading of electric energy and ancillary services within day-ahead and real-time market operation frameworks. The invention comprises the systems and methods related to advances in electricity market architecture, functionality, and performance. The systems and methods of the invention ensure system operation reliability and maximize market economic efficiency of energy and ancillary services trading in competitive market environment. A process/method comprising optimal clearing and competitive price formation for a variety of market commodities that are supplied and consumed by a numerous market entities of a variety of types. The solution process is arranged and facilitated in controllable and efficient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: OPEN ACCESS TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Sasan Mokhtari, Haso Peljto, Ilya William Slutsker, Carlos Gonzalez-Perez, Scott Arcand, Guillermo Irisarri
  • Patent number: 10990068
    Abstract: Technologies for providing cloud-based management of an electrical grid include a method. The method includes determining, by a compute device of a cloud data center, one or more cloud-based electrical grid management services to provide for a client of the cloud data center. The method also includes executing, by the compute device, each determined service in a virtual machine hosted by the compute device, receiving, by the compute device, data from one or more field devices in the electrical grid through an encrypted virtual private network, and analyzing, by the compute device and with the one or more determined services executed in the virtual machine, the received data to determine a responsive action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventor: Cristian Val
  • Patent number: 10990943
    Abstract: Systems and methods for electric power messaging and settlements including advanced energy settlements, messaging, and applications for electric power supply, load, and/or curtailment and data analytics associated with the same. Systems and methods for providing data analytics and customer or consumer guidance and controls are provided, and coupled with graphic user interfaces for interactive control and command of grid elements, design, specification, construction, management and financial settlement for data centers and/or microgrids, business and residential power consumption, control, management, messaging and settlements, mobile applications, websites, marketing offers, optimal pricing for comparable energy plans, retail electric provider and direct consumer alternatives, network of power architecture, EnergyNet applications, software development kit, and application web-based storefronts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: CAUSAM ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph W. Forbes, Jr., Nathaniel Taylor Brockman
  • Patent number: 10984358
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods and systems for automatically controlling power supply from an electrical power supply system to a user location based on payment status. The method performed by a central control unit includes determining a payment status of the electrical power supply system at the user location. The payment status is determined based at least on a time credit associated with the electrical power supply system. The method further includes facilitating control of the power supply from the electrical power supply system to the user location based on determining the time credit. The power supply to the user location from the electrical power supply system is uninterrupted, if the time credit is greater than a predefined threshold value. The power supply to the user location from the electrical power supply system is disconnected, if the time credit is less than the predefined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Zola Electric Labs Inc.
    Inventors: Claudio Vergara, Xavier Helgesen, Joshua Pierce
  • Patent number: 10977736
    Abstract: A computer device and method for processing data to determine suggested modifications to the policy terms or conditions contingent upon informatic data relating to habits and activities of inhabitants of an insured property or location. Informatic data relating to an insured property or location is electronically received from at least one informatic sensor device and is analyzed to determine behavioral habits and activities of one or more inhabitants associated with the insured property so as to identify one or more risks associated with the insured property or location. Electronic data is received for one or more terms of an insurance policy associated with the insured property and is analyzed to determine suggested modifications to the policy terms or conditions based upon the determined behavioral habits and activities of the one or more inhabitants associated with the insured property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Michael J. Allen, Ramsey Devereaux, Spencer Read, David S. Franck, William Chandler, Daniela Wheeler, Kathleen L. Swain, Justin D. Haslam
  • Patent number: 10955867
    Abstract: A building control system that includes a post VEE readings data stores, a rules processor, and a building controller. The stores provide tagged data sets that are each associated with a corresponding one of energy consumption streams, each of the sets having groups of contiguous interval values tagged as having been validated. The rules processor reads the stores and creates anomalies having different durations using only the groups of contiguous interval values and generates estimates for the anomalies by employing estimation techniques for each of the different durations and selects one of the estimation techniques for subsequent employment. The building controller receives post VEE readings and outside temperatures corresponding to the interval-based streams and determines and controls cumulative energy consumption corresponding to the interval-based streams and manages the cumulative energy consumption by scheduling run times for building elements that are coupled to the building controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Enel X North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth J. Main, Wendy Chen
  • Patent number: 10947899
    Abstract: Disclosed techniques include energy storage and management using pumping. An energy source is connected to a pump-turbine energy management system, wherein the pump-turbine energy management system includes a pump-energy storage subsystem. Energy from the energy source is stored in the pump-energy storage subsystem. One or more processors are used to calculate a valve-based flow control setting for recovering energy from the pump-energy storage subsystem. One or more valves in the pump-energy management system are energized, wherein the energizing enables energy recovery. Energy is recovered from the pump-energy storage subsystem using a pump-turbine recovery subsystem enabled by the one or more valves that were energized. Waste heat is recovered through a waste-heat recovery subsystem which includes water heat exchangers or a fluid spray. The water from the water heat exchangers can be used to make steam or ice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Energy Internet Corporation
    Inventors: Shankar Ramamurthy, Sudhir Ramtirth Joshi
  • Patent number: 10942047
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for start-up of a sensor, comprising at least the following steps: performing a factory adjustment during the manufacture of the sensor; permanent storage of adjustment data from the factory adjustment in a memory of the sensor; delivering the sensor to the customer; and performing an initial user adjustment. The method is characterized in that adjustment data from the initial user adjustment in the memory of the sensor are stored permanently, thereby making it possible to improve the status evaluation of the sensor. The invention further relates to a computer program product, a machine-readable data carrier and a sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Endress+Hauser Conducta GmbH+Co. KG
    Inventors: Bo Ottersten, Martin Freudenberger, Martin Lohmann
  • Patent number: 10931144
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for determining, by a wireless power transmitter, whether a wireless power receiver is removed from a wireless power network managed by the wireless power transmitter. The method includes transmitting a command signal to report power information of the wireless power receiver at stated periods; determining whether a report signal corresponding to the command signal is received from the wireless power receiver; and determining that the wireless power receiver is removed from the wireless power network, if the report signal is not received after transmitting the command signal a predetermined number of times at the stated periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: Kyung-Woo Lee, Kang-Ho Byun, Se-Ho Park
  • Patent number: 10931740
    Abstract: In response to receiving an indication from a client device experiencing a network connectivity error, a grouping of target client devices is identified for purposes of executing a distributed network diagnostic, the grouping being identified based on one or more configuration settings associated with client devices. The client devices in the identified grouping retrieve and execute an instruction. Data generated upon executing the instruction is received from each client device over a device management channel. The data is aggregated and trend data is generated. An instruction is sent to the client device experiencing the network connectivity error, wherein the instruction mitigates the network connectivity error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: AirWatch LLC
    Inventor: Kevin Jones
  • Patent number: 10929863
    Abstract: Pricing a commodity based on a forecast received via remote access over a computer network. The forecast is an amount of the commodity that the user will use over a given time period. The provider supplies the user with an actual amount of the commodity over the given time period and then determines a price for the user for the supplied commodity, in retrospect, after the given time period, for the actual amount of the commodity supplied to the user over the given time period, based on the actual amount of the commodity provided to the user and an accuracy of the forecast of the amount of the commodity received from the user, the accuracy being determined by a difference between said forecast and the actual amount of the commodity supplied to the user over the given time period. The user is then charged to determined price.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Jia Yuan Yu
  • Patent number: 10931108
    Abstract: The present invention is a system and method for optimizing power on a smart grid network. The system includes one or more units, such as a smart home, each having a control center with a historical database. The control center is in digital communication with a network component of a smart grid. Historical data including a soft window period and a hard window period representing acceptable start times for one or more flexible ADLs are stored in the historical database. The network component receives historical data for the flexible ADLs from multiple control centers. The network component, which creates a schedule based at least in part on the historical data and transfers energy to the control center according to the schedule. While scheduling, the network component manages peak load, energy tariffs, penalties, forecasting of non-ADL demand, and forecasting of supply over the scheduling horizon among other things.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gopal Kumar Bhageria, Krishnasuri Narayanam, Ramasuri Narayanam