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Electrical Power Facility Configured as a Standard Shipping Container

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241249D
Publication Date: 2015-Apr-08
Document File: 34 page(s) / 2M

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Abstract

Transportable electrical power facilities, or E-Houses, are configured as standard shipping containers that can be loaded and stacked together with conventional shipping containers. Such facility may include a closed container and electrical power equipment mounted inside the container. The container includes a base, a cover, side walls connecting the base to the cover, and a reinforcing metal frame. The frame defines eight corners, and a mechanical ISO lock is provided at each, or at least some, of the corners. The corners include four upper corners, lying substantially in a first plane, and four lower corners, lying substantially in a second plane parallel to the first. The cover may have a sloped roof characterized by a slope angle in a range from 0.5 to 5 degrees, or the side walls may include a recessed side wall to define an exterior porch at or near an end of the container, or both.

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      ELECTRICAL POWER FACILITY CONFIGURED AS A STANDARD SHIPPING CONTAINER

    This document relates generally to electrical power facilities, with particular application to such facilities that can be moved or transported e.g. by means of a crane or

hoist.

    Electrical power facilities in the form of pre-fabricated transportable buildings equipped with electrical power equipment, including in some cases electrical power control equipment, electrical power distribution equipment, or electrical power storage equipment, and buildings specially designed and configured to receive such electrical equipment, are

known. Such facilities are referred to variously as Electrical Houses, or E-Houses, or Integrated Power Assemblies, or IPAs. Regardless of the name used, the building is fabricated and outfitted with the appropriate electrical power equipment before being moved to the target location or site where it is needed. In some cases the building may be fabricated as a single, self-contained unit, while in other cases, e.g. for particularly large facilities, the

city where real estate is limited.

    At the target site, the facility is connected to one or more sources of electrical power, which provide an electrical power input. The facility is also connected to one or more electrical loads. The electrical power equipment in the facility conditions the electrical power input in some fashion to provide a conditioned electrical power output to the one or more

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building may be made in parts or modules that are joined together later at the target site. After fabrication, the facility is transported, e.g. by hoisting it onto a truck, train, airplane, or ship, or lifting it by helicopter, and then transporting it to, and deploying it at, the target site. The site may be a remote location, such as a desert, forest, drilling platform, mining operation, or the like, or it may be located in a more densely populated area such as a town or

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loads. In one example, the facility may be connected to one or more wind turbines, which provide a fluctuating amount of electrical power as a function of wind conditions, and the facility may condition that electrical power input to provide a steady source of AC or DC electrical output power to the electrical load(s). Alternatively, the facility may for example be connected to an existing electrical power grid for use as an electrical power substation.

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SUMMARY

    We have developed new families of transportable electrical power facilities or E- Houses. A given such facility is desirably configured as a standard shipping container, with standardized external dimensions and a sufficient structural strength to permit it to be loaded

and stacked together with conventional shipping containers. The facility may include a closed container and electrical power equipment mounted inside the container.

    The container includes a base, a cover, side walls connecting the base to the cover, and a reinforcing m...