Utility Usage Patents (Class 705/412)
  • Patent number: 10886735
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for performing validation, estimation, and editing (VEE) on interval based energy consumption streams. The apparatus includes a VEE processor and a VEE configuration engine. The VEE processor executes VEE rules on each of the interval based energy consumption streams within a specified time period to generate and store corresponding post VEE readings that are stored in a post VEE readings data stores. The post VEE readings include tagged energy consumption data sets that are each associated with a corresponding one of the interval based energy consumption streams. Each of the tagged energy consumption data sets has groups of contiguous interval values tagged as having been validated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Enel X North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth J. Main, Wendy Chen
  • Patent number: 10886734
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for performing validation, estimation, and editing (VEE) on interval based energy consumption streams. The apparatus includes a VEE processor and a VEE configuration engine. The VEE processor executes VEE rules on each of the interval based energy consumption streams within a specified time period to generate and store corresponding post VEE readings that are stored in a post VEE readings data stores. The post VEE readings include tagged energy consumption data sets that are each associated with a corresponding one of the interval based energy consumption streams. Each of the tagged energy consumption data sets has groups of contiguous interval values tagged as having been validated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Enel X North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth J. Main, Wendy Chen
  • Patent number: 10860959
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a computer-implemented method for ranking one or more control schemes for controlling peak loading conditions and abrupt changes in energy pricing of one or more built environments associated with renewable energy sources. The computer-implemented method includes analysis of a first set of statistical data, a second set of statistical data, a third set of statistical data, a fourth set of statistical data and a fifth set of statistical data. Further, the computer-implemented method includes identification and execution of the one or more control schemes. In addition, the computer-implemented method includes scoring the one or more control schemes by evaluating a probabilistic score. Further, the computer-implemented method includes ranking the one or more control schemes to determine relevant control schemes for controlling real time peak loading conditions and abrupt changes in energy pricing associated with the one or more built environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: CONECTRIC, LLC
    Inventor: Phillip Kopp
  • Patent number: 10853774
    Abstract: The present disclosure involves systems, software, and computer-implemented methods for implementing a data transfer control based on information received from connected devices. In one instance, operations include loading an expected usage amount for a group of connected devices. Signals representing actual usage amounts associated with the group are received from at least device in the group. The actual usage amounts can be compared to the expected usage amount. An authorization of at least one payment-related action associated with the at least one group of connected devices is automatically transmitted to a payment system in response to determining that the usage amount is less than or equal to the expected amount, and at least one instruction to perform a corrective action associated with the group is automatically transmitted to at least one connected device of the group in response to determining that the actual amount exceeds the expected amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: The Toronto-Dominion Bank
    Inventors: Garima Aggarwal, Jonathan K. Barnett, Roisin Lara Fritz, Robert Kyle Miller, Paul Mon-Wah Chan, John Jong-Suk Lee, Orin DelVecchio
  • Patent number: 10850635
    Abstract: For informing a user of a current battery SOC (State Of Charge) value (%) and a cost required for a full charging, an apparatus for providing charging information of an electric vehicle includes storage that stores chargeable capacity information of a battery mounted in the electric vehicle, a communication module that receives a charging fee schedule of a charging station, a controller area network (CAN) connection module that acquires charged amount information corresponding to a current SOC value of the battery, a controller that calculates an expected charging cost based on the chargeable capacity information of the battery, the charged amount information corresponding to the current SOC value of the battery, and the charging fee schedule, and a displaying assembly that displays the calculated expected charging cost and the current SOC value of the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jong Chan Jun, Deok Hwan Seo, Kwon Hyoung Choi, Jin Hyung Lee
  • Patent number: 10839436
    Abstract: Systems, methods and non-transitory computer-readable storage mediums are disclosed for cloud computing engineering, solar PV (SPV) or solar PV with storage (SPV/S) system configuration, pricing, quoting, advertising messaging, sales lead generation, and content marketing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Xendee Corporation
    Inventors: Adib Nasle, Scott K. Mitchell, Michael Stadler
  • Patent number: 10832192
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a computer-implemented method for prioritizing one or more instructional control strategies to reduce time-variant energy demand of a built environment associated with renewable energy sources. The computer-implemented method includes collection of a first set of statistical data, fetching of a second set of statistical data, accumulation of a third set of statistical data, reception of a fourth set of statistical data and gathering of fifth set of statistical data. Further, the computer-implemented method includes parsing and comparison of the first set of statistical data, the second set of statistical data, the third set of statistical data, the fourth set of statistical data and the fifth set of statistical data. In addition, the computer-implemented method includes identification and prioritization of one or more instructional control strategies to reduce the time-variant energy demand associated with the built environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: CONECTRIC, LLC
    Inventor: Phillip Kopp
  • Patent number: 10816235
    Abstract: A building energy system includes HVAC equipment, green energy generation, a battery, and a predictive controller. The HVAC equipment provide heating or cooling for a building. The green energy generation collect green energy from a green energy source. The battery stores electric energy including at least a portion of the green energy provided by the green energy generation and grid energy purchased from an energy grid and discharges the stored electric energy for use in powering the HVAC equipment. The predictive controller generates a constraint that defines a total energy consumption of the HVAC equipment at each time step of an optimization period as a summation of multiple source-specific energy components and optimizes the predictive cost function subject to the constraint to determine values for each of the source-specific energy components at each time step of the optimization period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Robert D. Turney, Nishith R. Patel
  • Patent number: 10817916
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for client-selectable power source options for network-accessible service units are described. A programmatic interface is implemented to enable clients of a service to select, from among a plurality of power source categories including a renewable category and a non-renewable category, a power source category to be used for a service unit. Based on inputs received via the interface, the respective amounts of power to be obtained from renewable and non-renewable categories during a time period may be estimated. A verification operation comparing the estimated amounts to the amount of power that is actually obtained from the different sources may be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathanael David Sahlstrom, James R. Hamilton, Ian John Wrightson
  • Patent number: 10809307
    Abstract: Systems and methods for battery testing are described. Some of the methods for battery testing include applying a first load impedance to a battery, applying a second load impedance to a reference voltage source, measuring a voltage between a positive terminal of the battery and a positive terminal of the reference voltage source, wherein a negative terminal of the battery is connected via a conductor to a negative terminal of the reference voltage source, and determining a condition of the battery based on the measured voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: E-XTEQ EUROPE
    Inventors: Morgan Brebant, Frederic Platel, Jean Yves Penouty
  • Patent number: 10800413
    Abstract: An electric vehicle can be operated according to a charging profile. A location of an electric vehicle and a time period corresponding to the location of the electric vehicle can be determined during a driving operation of an electric vehicle. A charging profile for the electric vehicle can be selected during the driving operation of the electric vehicle and based at least in part on the location and the time period. One or more functions corresponding to the charging profile can be performed on the electric vehicle and based on selecting the charging profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Aparajithan Rajendran, Narendran Ravi
  • Patent number: 10795690
    Abstract: Herein are computerized techniques for generation, costing/scoring, optimal selection, and reporting of intermediate configurations for a datacenter change plan. In an embodiment, a computer receives a current configuration of a datacenter and a target configuration. New configurations are generated based on the current configuration. A cost function is applied to calculate a cost of each new configuration based on measuring a logical difference between the new configuration and the target configuration. A particular new configuration is selected that has a least cost. When the particular configuration satisfies the target configuration, the datacenter is reconfigured based on the particular configuration. Otherwise, this process is (e.g. iteratively) repeated with the particular configuration instead used as the current configuration. In embodiments, new configurations are randomly, greedily, and/or manually generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Pravin Shinde, Felix Schmidt, Craig Schelp
  • Patent number: 10796254
    Abstract: Embodiments provide systems and methods for operating a power system to deliver energy. Embodiments include obtaining initial resource schedules for network analysis using a set of input and data validation functions; performing a network analysis with a full AC power flow in the energy system; executing a security constraint unit commitment function using transmission constraints output from the network analysis; determining an optimized outage schedule using the output of the security constraint unit commitment function; distributing the optimized outage schedule to a generation control and load management system; and directing operation of generator resources and managing loads to deliver energy to customers based on the optimized outage schedule. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC.
    Inventors: Muhamed Aganagic, James G. Frame, Dzevdet Hadziosmanovic
  • Patent number: 10776176
    Abstract: A service control method and a service control apparatus, where the method includes obtaining, a current electricity grid electricity price and a quantity of to-be-executed services, determining an electricity price threshold according to the quantity of the to-be-executed services, decreasing, by the service control apparatus, a quantity of services that are about to be executed by a first quantity when the current electricity grid electricity price is greater than the electricity price threshold, and executing a service according to a reduced quantity of services that are about to be executed, or increasing, by the service control apparatus, a quantity of services that are about to be executed by a second quantity, and executing a service according to an increased quantity of services that are about to be executed when the current electricity grid electricity price is less than the electricity price threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaosheng Zeng, Kai Xin, Xiaowen Dong
  • Patent number: 10770897
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for performing load reduction optimization. In one aspect, a method includes accessing load reduction parameters for a load reduction event, accessing energy consumption models for multiple systems involved in the load reduction event, and performing, based on the load reduction parameters and the energy consumption models, a plurality of simulations of load reduction events that simulate variations in control parameters used to control the multiple systems. The method also includes optimizing, against a load reduction curve, the load reduction event by iteratively modifying the control parameters used in the plurality of simulations of load reduction events, and outputting the optimal load reduction event with optimized control parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: EnergyHub, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Hertz-Shargel, Michael DeBenedittis, Seth Frader-Thompson
  • Patent number: 10739741
    Abstract: A method for operating HVAC equipment includes obtaining building data for each of a plurality of time steps. The building data relates to resource usage of HVAC equipment. The method also includes calculating a recursive residual for each of a plurality of overlapping time periods using the building data. Each overlapping time period includes a subset of the plurality of time steps. The method also includes, for each of the plurality of time steps, calculating a metric based on the recursive residuals for overlapping time periods that end on or before the time step and automatically detecting a change in static factors for one or more buildings served by the HVAC equipment by comparing the metrics for the plurality of time steps based on a statistical property of the metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Wenzel, Mohammad N. EIBsat, Kirk H. Drees
  • Patent number: 10719371
    Abstract: A service control method and a service control apparatus, where the method includes obtaining, a current electricity grid electricity price and a quantity of to-be-executed services, determining an electricity price threshold according to the quantity of the to-be-executed services, decreasing, by the service control apparatus, a quantity of services that are about to be executed by a first quantity when the current electricity grid electricity price is greater than the electricity price threshold, and executing a service according to a reduced quantity of services that are about to be executed, or increasing, by the service control apparatus, a quantity of services that are about to be executed by a second quantity, and executing a service according to an increased quantity of services that are about to be executed when the current electricity grid electricity price is less than the electricity price threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaosheng Zeng, Kai Xin, Xiaowen Dong
  • Patent number: 10714955
    Abstract: A cloud system is configured to execute method operations for communicating with connected vehicles of users having user accounts with the cloud system. One example method includes receiving a signal from of an electric vehicle that is associated to a user account. The signal of the electric vehicle is received in response to the electric vehicle parking over a charging pad of a charging unit, and the charging unit is one of a plurality of charging units located in various geo-locations. The method includes sending instructions to the charging unit to enable initiation of charge transfer to a battery of the electric vehicle upon the cloud system confirming that the user account for the electric vehicle is enabled for automatic charging upon parking over said charging pad of the charging unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Emerging Automotive, LLC
    Inventors: Angel A. Penilla, Albert S. Penilla
  • Patent number: 10703216
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a controller programmed to recognize a park event at a parking location, learn charging intention associated with the parking location, and, responsive to predicting an intention to charge the vehicle at the parking location and recognizing that a user has left a vicinity of the vehicle without connecting a charger, cause a device associated with the user to issue a charge reminder. The controller predicts the intention to charge based on contextual data from previous park events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Bartlett, Dylan Erb, Bikram Singh, Jacob Wiles
  • Patent number: 10686336
    Abstract: An apparatus for multi-pad wireless charging is disclosed. The apparatus includes a plurality of primary pad apparatuses. Each primary pad apparatus is positioned to transmit power to a secondary pad apparatus of a vehicle. The primary transmitter pad apparatuses are spaced apart sufficient for each of a plurality of vehicles to be positioned over one primary pad apparatus of the plurality of primary pad apparatuses. The apparatus includes a power converter apparatus connected to each of the plurality of primary pad apparatuses, a power feed that provides power to the power converter apparatus and a sharing controller that selectively controls which of the plurality of primary pad apparatuses transmits power to a secondary pad apparatus and/or controls power sharing between the primary pad apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Masquelier, Ryan Calder
  • Patent number: 10680455
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling behind-the meter energy storage/management systems (EMSs) for battery-optimized demand charge minimized operations, including determining an optimal monthly demand charge threshold based on a received customer load profile and a customer load profile and savings. The determining of the monthly demand charge threshold includes iteratively performing daily optimizations to determine a daily optimal demand threshold for each day of a month, selecting a monthly demand threshold by clustering the daily optimal demand thresholds for each day of the month into groups, and determining a dominant group representative of a load pattern for a next month.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Ali Hooshmand, Ratnesh Sharma, Korosh Vatanparver
  • Patent number: 10655595
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a novel method for operating a hydropower reservoir which is an improvement over the existing single-parameter (the current month) USACE Rule Curve approach, the improvement comprising the consideration of a second parameter, namely the water level of the reservoir at the beginning of the month, in the decision-making process for operation of the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Horacio L. Velasco
  • Patent number: 10659249
    Abstract: An activity management device includes a data acquirer, an inferrer, an information acquirer, and an outputter. The data acquirer acquires in-residence data relating to a living environment of a user and acquired in a residence of the user. The inferrer infers a past or future change event in the lifestyle pattern of the user based on the in-residence data acquired by the data acquirer. The information acquirer acquires recommendation information which is information corresponding to the change event inferred by the inferrer and which prompts the user to perform an activity according to the change in the lifestyle pattern. The outputter outputs the recommendation information acquired by the information acquirer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohiko Fujita, Hidetoshi Mitsushio, Naoki Umeda, Makoto Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 10644507
    Abstract: Deriver extracts, based on a power adjustment quantity provided from a power supply utility, a plurality of candidate combinations of power facilities that are candidates that achieve the power adjustment quantity from among a plurality of power facilities. Deriver derives a group of candidate combinations of power facilities that includes the plurality of candidate combinations of power facilities extracted. Selector selects a combination of power facilities that achieves the power adjustment quantity from among the group of candidate combinations of power facilities based on response information of each power facility in the past, the response information being information in response to a DR request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naohiro Fukuda, Yoshiaki Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10642849
    Abstract: A method of managing device data related to a data center infrastructure includes generating, by a first server, a first portion of the device data in response to a change in a status of at least one of a plurality of data center infrastructure devices, storing, by a second server, the first portion of the device data in a database, generating, by the first server, a second portion of the device data in response to a request for data that is not contained in the database, the second portion of the device data being different than the first portion of the device data and being generated in a lightweight format, and displaying, in response to a user request, at least a portion of the device data using a user interface that is provided to the client computer by the second server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC IT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul J. Gifford, Gregory M. Emerick, Erica Harwood, Richard M. Ogren
  • Patent number: 10628005
    Abstract: An image display device includes: a selection screen display control section that performs a control process that displays a selection screen on a display section, a plurality of element buttons for selecting an analysis target element being arranged within the selection screen; and a sub-image display control section that performs a control process that reads analytical condition information about an element that corresponds to an element button among the plurality of element buttons that has been selected by using pointing means from a storage section, and displays a sub-image that represents the analytical condition information with a character that is larger than a character used for the element button on the display section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: JEOL Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Tachibana
  • Patent number: 10630502
    Abstract: The present invention teaches methods of performing appliance itemization based on consumption data, including: receiving at a processor the data; determining if the data includes active signals and/or inactive signals; upon detection of an active signal: detecting and estimating active water heating consumption and lighting consumption; upon detection of an inactive signal: detecting and estimating passive water heating consumption, refrigerator consumption; and detecting vacation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Bidgely Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Shyr, Vivek Garud, Abhay Gupta, Mayank Sharan, Pratik Parekh, Rohit Aggarwal
  • Patent number: 10584892
    Abstract: A cloud server includes an environment history DB storing in-room temperature history information representing a history of an in-room temperature change in a living room whose temperature is adjusted by an air-conditioner in relation to operation history information representing an operation history of the air-conditioner, an in-room environment predictor that predicts, as a predicted off-state in-room temperature, a future in-room temperature of the living room based on the in-room temperature history information and the operation history information for a case where the temperature is not adjusted by the air-conditioning apparatus, and an air conditioning setting unit that determines, based on the predicted off-state in-room temperature, a control parameter of the air-conditioner used to control the in-room temperature so as to reach a target temperature at a target time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taiji Sasaki, Masaaki Harada
  • Patent number: 10571873
    Abstract: Behavior information can be aggregated across multiple automated environments (e.g., across homes in a neighborhood). The automated environments can provide information about detected environment-level behavior patterns to a server. The server can aggregate the patterns across environments in a defined neighborhood and can provide neighborhood-level information back to the participating automated environments. The neighborhood-level information can be used to drive decisions and behavioral changes in individual automated environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lukas M. Marti, Ronald Keryuan Huang
  • Patent number: 10565605
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus including a new and renewable energy FinTech platform module, a new and renewable energy power generator, a new and renewable energy generated power-to-cash change control unit, a cloud computing module, and a smart economic feasibility analysis simulation module and method for encouraging participation of residents in building a new and renewable energy farm through notification of economic feasibility analysis with a new and renewable energy FinTech platform module that can guide the residents in an area where a new and renewable energy power generator is installed to jointly purchase a new and renewable energy power generator that is installed and operated in advance, set unique IDs for the residents having purchased the new and renewable energy power generator, and share the amount of daily produced electricity generated from the new and renewable energy power generator, cash exchange data, and 1:1 revenue dividends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: NEMO PARTNERS NEC
    Inventor: Suk-ho Yoon
  • Patent number: 10566791
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for performing validation, estimation, and editing (VEE) on a plurality of interval based energy consumption streams. The apparatus includes a VEE processor and a VEE configuration engine. The VEE processor is configured to execute VEE rules on each of the plurality of interval based energy consumption streams within a specified time period to generate and store a corresponding plurality of post VEE readings that are stored in a post VEE readings data stores. The post VEE readings include a plurality of tagged energy consumption data sets that are each associated with a corresponding one of the plurality of interval based energy consumption streams. Each of the plurality of tagged energy consumption data sets has first groups of contiguous interval values tagged as having been validated and second groups of contiguous interval values tagged as having been edited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Enel X North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth J. Main, Wendy Chen
  • Patent number: 10559044
    Abstract: The subject disclosure relates to systems and methods for calculating a peak consumption threshold, and for using the peak consumption threshold to determine the likelihood of future peak resource consumption events. In some aspects, methods of the subject technology include steps for receiving resource consumption data for a plurality of utility customers, wherein the resource consumption data comprises an indication of an amount of electric power used by each of the plurality of utility customers, and calculating, using the one or more processors, a plurality of consumption averages for the resource consumption data. In some aspects, the method can further include steps for calculating a peak consumption threshold based on the consumption values for the resource consumption data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: OPower, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexandra Liptsey-Rahe
  • Patent number: 10552869
    Abstract: An occupancy based targeted marketing system for augmenting market control techniques corresponding to one or more buildings of one or more building types within a geographic subsector is provided. The system includes a subsector aggregator, an other facility occupancy estimator, and a subsector processor. The subsector aggregator receives energy consumption and outside temperature streams corresponding to a portion of the one or more buildings, and employs occupancy components to generate average occupancy components corresponding to each building type. The other facility occupancy estimator matches the average occupancy components to remaining ones of the one or more buildings not in the portion according to building type. The subsector processor uses the first and second aggregated occupancy components to modify defaults of market control devices based on the occupancy estimate to optimize targeted advertising to a flow of pedestrians and automotive vehicles in the geographic subsector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Enel X North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Husain Al-Mohssen, Elizabeth J. Main, Angela S. Bassa
  • Patent number: 10546313
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for determining sensor placement and a reward sharing mechanism based on shared energy forecasting information are provided herein. A computer-implemented method includes processing multiple data streams derived from multiple respective energy-related sensors within a network, wherein each of the multiple energy-related sensors is linked to a respective one of multiple spatially distributed prosumers of the network; computing an expected utility, with respect to forecast accuracy of energy production within the network, of information captured by each of the multiple energy-related sensors based on said processing; determining a reward structure for each of the prosumers of the network based on the expected utility of the information captured by the energy-related sensors linked to each of the prosumers; and outputting a reward to each of the prosumers of the network in accordance with the determined reward structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Samarth Bharadwaj, Pankaj Dayama, Shivkumar Kalyanaraman, Pratyush Kumar
  • Patent number: 10540690
    Abstract: An occupancy based focused marketing system for augmenting market control techniques corresponding to one or more buildings of one or more building types within a geographic subsector is provided. The system has a subsector aggregator, an other facility occupancy estimator, and a subsector processor. The subsector aggregator receives energy consumption and outside temperature streams corresponding to a portion of the one or more buildings, and employs occupancy components to generate average occupancy components corresponding to each building type. The other facility occupancy estimator matches the average occupancy components to remaining ones of the one or more buildings not in the portion according to building type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Enel X North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Husain Al-Mohssen, Elizabeth J. Main, Angela S. Bassa
  • Patent number: 10527537
    Abstract: A method for estimating energy use in an air filtration system using a preselected air filter includes the steps of: entering filtration system information into a computer having access to dust holding capacity-pressure drop curves for a plurality of air filters; determining an estimated current energy use of the air filtration system for a current air filter in the system; and presenting the estimated energy use on a display of the computer. Proposed filters can be evaluated and filter operation and changing cycle can be optimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: LPD Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dirk ter Horst, Hans-Joachim Lippold
  • Patent number: 10525844
    Abstract: A vehicle charging system may determine a charging schedule for an electric vehicle based on real-time cost information and a likelihood of communication errors related to charging commands. The vehicle charging system may determine a first cost to immediately charge the electric vehicle upon plug-in. The vehicle charging system may determine a second cost to delay charging the electric vehicle according to a charging schedule, the charging schedule including communicating charging commands with the vehicle at a later time. The vehicle charging system may determine a likelihood of communication errors related to the charging commands. The vehicle charging system may select a charging option of immediately charging the electric vehicle or delaying charging the electric vehicle based on the first cost, second cost, and the likelihood of communication errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Robert M. Uyeki
  • Patent number: 10523007
    Abstract: A facility can include a main power source. One or more facility systems can be operatively connected to the main power source. The facility can include a plurality of sensors. The plurality of sensors can be configured to acquire facility data. A plurality of energy harvesters can be operatively connected to the plurality of sensors. The plurality of energy harvesters can be configured to convert energy received in one form into another form of energy. The plurality of energy harvesters can be operatively connected to supply energy to the plurality of sensors. The plurality of sensors can be exclusively powered by energy supplied by the plurality of energy harvesters. Thus, the plurality of sensors are decoupled from the main power source. The facility can be a fixed facility or a mobile facility. The facility can be used for disaster relief or other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Ercan Mehmet Dede
  • Patent number: 10524093
    Abstract: A description of a user is estimated based on the context of a user's past and present locations. A disclosed data-processing system continually receives data points for each user that represent spatial and/or temporal events. These events represent, for example, presence of a person at a specific geographic location such as a geographic area or point of interest (POI). The data-processing system evaluates the received data points in relation to one or more of the geographic locations, yielding results that are also based on the demographic characteristics of each visited location and the commercial characteristics of each visited location. The data-processing system evaluates the data points also to determine patterns exhibited in each user's activity or inactivity, and patterns exhibited in the distance traveled and the type of travel. The data-processing system bases the user descriptions on the results of these evaluations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Verve Wireless, Inc.
    Inventor: David Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 10516295
    Abstract: The present invention provides a software and system to provide group control and network operations to/for a multiplicity of distributed energy storage units. In particular, the group control software and system connects multiple individual distributed energy storage units and operates those units in synchronicity to create a large virtual energy storage device. This group control system includes two methods of controlling the distributed energy storage units: through a browser-based online user portal, or though network-based, system-to-system protocols by third-party operation controllers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Greensmith Energy Management Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Sen Zhang
  • Patent number: 10504195
    Abstract: A power generation system of a power producer for generating and providing electricity to an electric power system operated by an independent system operator (ISO). A processor determines a residual demand curve, at each time step of a future energy generation period, relating to a price and a quantity of a demanded energy for that time step. Determine a residual reserve curve at each time step of the future energy generation period, relating to a price and a quantity of a reserved energy for that time step. Determine a schedule of operations of a set of generators for each time step of the future energy generation period, by the power producer. A controller to control the set of generators to produce energy according to the schedule of operations, when the receiver receives an acceptance of the schedule of operations from the ISO.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Hongbo Sun, Chanaka Keerthisinghe
  • Patent number: 10504303
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a communication device communicating with a server. A battery supplies power to an electronic device. A battery manager monitors a state of charge (SoC) of the battery and generates a trigger signal based on the SoC of the battery. A controller is configured to control the communication device to send information about battery discharge to the server upon reception of the trigger signal, and to control the information about battery discharge to be sent again if it is determined that sending of the information about battery discharge is unavailable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jongpil Park, Yunjoong Park
  • Patent number: 10500967
    Abstract: An electrical charging apparatus (10) for charging an electrical energy store of a motor vehicle (12) has an electrical connection (16) to electrically connect the charging apparatus (10) to a charging station (14) and to interchange electrical energy with the charging station (14). An electrical converter (18) is connected to the electrical connection (16) to interchange the electrical energy with the charging station (14) via the electrical connection (16) and to convert the electrical energy. A control unit (20) is connected to the electrical converter (18) to control the interchange of the electrical energy. A communication interface (22) is assigned to the control unit (20) and is designed to interchange data (34) with the charging station (14). The control unit (20) is designed to control the interchange of the electrical energy on the basis of the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Daniel Spesser, Thomas Krauss, Dirk Herke
  • Patent number: 10482549
    Abstract: A daily electricity generation planning method of a cascade hydropower plants is disclosed, and the method is comprised of the steps as follows: step 1, regardless of the constraints for opening and closing the generator, taking the power similarity between the power plant group and the typical demand as one of optimization objectives, and performing a first optimization to obtain a daily electricity generation plan; step 2, according to the derived daily electricity generation plan, determining an opening and closing status for the generator; and step 3, considering the constraints for opening and closing the generator, taking the power similarity between the power plant group and the typical demand as the optimization objective, performing a second optimization to obtain the daily electricity generation plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: WUHAN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Pan Liu, Bo Ming, Mengyue Ma, Xizhen Chen, Zejun Li, Wang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10468883
    Abstract: Disclosed is a real-time decision support system for facilitating optimization of in a distributed environment. A data capturing module for capturing data from a plurality of data sources at a predefined interval of time. The data is captured pertaining to a specific domain and a specific geographical area. A forecasting module for forecasting demand of energy to be consumed by energy utilities in the specific domain and the geographical area upon analyzing the data. A position gap determination module for determining a position gap indicating a difference between the demand of energy and supply of energy. An energy optimization module for identifying at least one energy pool, from a plurality of energy pools, for retrieving a deficit of the demand of energy and providing the deficit of the demand of energy retrieved from the at least one energy pool in order to bridge the position gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Awadhesh Kumar, Biswadip Paul
  • Patent number: 10467249
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject technology relate to a system that analyzes customers' AMI load curves, identifies evening peak users as defined by their load curves, and provides Energy Efficiency (EE) advice related to their periods of high use. For example, identified high evening users can be sent an email with normative comparisons on evening load use, along with tips to reduce energy usage. Other aspects relate to additional targets/communications. Aspects of the subject technology relate to categorizing a user's energy consumption tendencies based on a user's load curve and providing customized content based on the user's category. By taking into consideration the user's actual energy consumption patterns, the system may be able to provide more relevant content to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: OPOWER, INC.
    Inventors: Erik Shilts, Garner Chung, Suelyn Yu, David Royer
  • Patent number: 10461340
    Abstract: A power management system 1 comprises: a control unit 540 that performs high-temperature maintaining control maintaining a temperature of an SOFC 110 during an operation within a predetermined temperature range; and a specifying unit 530 that specifies a period during which the high-temperature maintaining control should be performed. The control unit 540 performs the high-temperature maintaining control in the period specified by the specifying unit 530.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazutaka Nakamura, Kenta Okino
  • Patent number: 10445677
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to an architectural structure for representing an underlying business and tools to support dynamic adjustment of the structure. A social media metric is created and associated with a business metric of a component represented in the architectural structure, and an impact on the underlying business is identified and measured based upon this association. Accordingly, elements of the structure are parsed and analyzed, and in response to the analysis, the structure is dynamically modified to mitigate receipt of measured negative output data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Susanne M. Glissmann, Ana Lelescu, Ignacio G. Terrizzano
  • Patent number: 10434887
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an electric power storage device, a charging inlet, an electric power reception device, and a controller. The controller is configured to start charging the electric power storage device when the time reaches a set time set in advance in a case where scheduled charging control that starts charging the electric power storage device at the set time is planned to be executed in a state in which electric power is receivable through either the charging inlet or the electric power reception device. The controller is configured to execute the contacted charging control by suppressing execution of the scheduled charging control that starts the contactless charging control, when the charging connector is connected to the inlet in a case where the scheduled charging control that starts the contactless charging control at the set time is planned to be executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yamato Niwa, Toshiya Hashimoto, Takahiro Misawa
  • Patent number: 10427548
    Abstract: An electric vehicle charging device includes a processing unit having a memory with a routine stored therein which, when executed by the processing unit causes the processing unit to control circuitry to prevent the electric vehicle charging device from charging an electric vehicle for a random delay period and to allow the electric vehicle charging device to charge the electric vehicle starting when the random delay period ends, wherein the random delay period starts at a predetermined start time and lasts a random delay length of time. The random delay reduces the peak load on a transformer that the electric vehicle charging device and other electric vehicle charging devices receive power from.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Chinmaya Baburao Patil, Yigang Wang, Ronald L. Thompson, Jose Antonio Trujillo