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Business Model for Power Peak Shift

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013067D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Oct-10
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-12
Document File: 4 page(s) / 86K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a business model to enable Power peak shift more efficiently.

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Business Model for Power Peak Shift

      Disclosed is a business model to enable Power peak shift more efficiently.
This model allows
many consumer can attend power peak shift with thier perfarance and easily
and realtime.

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Title of the Invention: Power Regulation Function Control Method

Problem and Main Points of the Invention:

Power consumption peaking during certain time periods (13:00 - 16:00) of the summer months (July - September) has become a problem. Peak shift in personal computers has already been patented in JP8-2000-1445/JP9-2001-016. However, peak shift and other forms of power regulation at present are carried out on a request basis by signing contracts with high volume consumers in advance, and phoning in requests for regulation of consumption when peak shift becomes necessary.

With this system, however, even if small-to-medium-size businesses and ordinary households wanted to take part in peak shifting to help solve environmental problems, there was no program to do so, and furthermore, no means to provide monetary incentives for doing so. These proved to be obstacles preventing the progress of peak shift.

In light of this situation, a method is proposed for even small-to-medium-size businesses and ordinary households to take part in power regulation, allowing it to be carried out on a broader scale more efficiently and with more reliability.

First, we define the concerned parties as "Power Companies" and "(Power) Consumers".

1. The power companies already have databases (DB) for billing. The power companies create a new Web page linked to these databases.

2. The power companies display on that Web page reduced rate packages for power regulation, such as peak shift, for the relevant time period that day. (This is the offer).

3. A customer having electrical equipment with power regulation capabilities who requests reduced rates accesses the Web page on the Internet and chooses the reduced rate package that best suits him or her. (This is the claim).

4. When both parties reach an agreement, the power companies send a control signal over the Internet, which switches on the power regulation function in the electrical equipment (such as ThinkPad).

5. The reduced rate package that the parties agreed to and was implemented is combined with the billing database at the end of the month and a reduction is made in the total amount of the bill.

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The advantages to each of the concerned parties in this business model are as follows:

[Power Companies] - The promotion of peak shift and the possibility for load-leveling - The ability to dynamically supply the most appropriate reduced rate package (by amount paid, per kilowatt/hour, per day, over a number of days, etc.) to correspond to various types of power peak such as caused by the season, temperature, weather, the day of the week, etc.

- Because the power company decides when to send the control signal, it can control peak shift functions with...