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Title: Aggregate Load Controllers and Associated Methods

Aggregate load controllers and associated methods are described. According to one aspect, a method of operating an aggregate load controller includes using an aggregate load controller having an initial state, applying a stimulus to a plurality of thermostatic controllers which are configured to control a plurality of respective thermostatic loads which receive electrical energy from an electrical utility to operate in a plurality of different operational modes, accessing data regarding a response of the thermostatic loads as a result of the applied stimulus, using the data regarding the response, determining a value of at least one design parameter of the aggregate load controller, and using the determined value of the at least one design parameter, configuring the aggregate load controller to control amounts of the electrical energy which are utilized by the thermostatic loads.
Inventors:
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1455210
Assignee:
Battelle Memorial Institute (Richland, WA) PNNL
Patent Number(s):
9,991,707
Application Number:
14/809,003
Contract Number:
AC0576RLO1830
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2015 Jul 24
Research Org:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English