We recently received a patent for innovations to our ‘plug and play’ solutions for distributed energy resources (DER’s). The patent is for a reinvention of the standard utility power meter; one that combines the ubiquitous metering and communications of a smart meter with a plug and socket interface for solar power, electric vehicles, and energy storage systems. The new meter will cut installation costs, provide seamless communication between the DER and the grid operator, and ensure DERs are metered and compensated accurately for their contribution to grid stability – allowing for significantly more clean energy on the distribution grid. The collar received U.S. Pat. No. 10,830,802 on November 10, 2020 from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
“We’re dedicated to increasing the accessibility and economic feasibility of clean, distributed sources of power for homeowners and utility customers across North America. This technology update will make interconnecting distributed energy resources as easy as plugging in an appliance,” said Whit Fulton, CEO of ConnectDER. “This new meter collar will meet or exceed regulatory compliance for accuracy, power quality, safety, and automatic disconnection capabilities. With this innovation and patent, we can further accelerate the maturation of the DER market from a niche to the mainstream.”
U.S. homeowners are increasingly embracing distributed energy resources — from electric vehicles to rooftop solar and home energy storage. A recent report by consultancy Wood Mackenzie forecasts that 387 gigawatts of DER could be added to U.S. power grids by 2025.
Read the full press release here: ConnectDER Granted U.S. Patent for Innovations to their Industry-Leading Plug and Play Distributed Energy Resource Connection, published on January 15, 2021.
Colin Mahoney for ConnectDER