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Title: Apparatus and method for data communication in an energy distribution network

A system for communicating information on an energy distribution network is disclosed. In one embodiment, the system includes a local supervisor on a communication network, wherein the local supervisor can collect data from one or more energy generation/monitoring devices. The system also includes a command center on the communication network, wherein the command center can generate one or more commands for controlling the one or more energy generation devices. The local supervisor can periodically transmit a data signal indicative of the data to the command center via a first channel of the communication network at a first interval. The local supervisor can also periodically transmit a request for a command to the command center via a second channel of the communication network at a second interval shorter than the first interval. This channel configuration provides effective data communication without a significant increase in the use of network resources.
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1136973
Report Number(s):
8,774,007
13/070,351
DOE Contract Number:
FC36-07G017043
Resource Type:
Patent
Research Org:
Sunpower Corporation, San Jose, CA (USA).
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
24 POWER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION