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Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a prototype of a device that can sense critical conditions on the grid at the receptacle and control refrigerators, water heaters, air-conditioners, and other home appliances to avoid power outages.

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Document Title: Grid Friendly(TM) Controller
Category: Energy Production and Conservation
Media Type: Graphics
Date of Image/Photo: October 2001
Background: In the future, appliances may have built-in grid-friendly controls that operate much like the Laboratory's prototype. These controls could adjust how and when appliances operate based on the cost of electricity, helping consumers save money. This story was orginally published in the the Fall 2001 Breakthroughs. See http://www.pnl.gov/breakthroughs/fall01/special3.html#refrig
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