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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory engineers are designing smart chips that would be fitted into household appliances and would continually monitor fluctuations in the power grid. When the grid is under high periods of stress, a grid-friendly appliance would identify these fluctuations and, within milliseconds, automatically shut down for a short period of time to give the grid operators time to stabilize the system. It could even turn on momentarily to absorb excess power from fluctuations during a crisis.

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Document Title: Grid Friendly(TM) Controller
Category: Energy Production and Conservation
Media Type: Graphics
Date of Image/Photo: September 2004
Background: See http://www.pnl.gov/news/2003/03-30.htm
URL of this page: http://picturethis.pnl.gov/picturet.nsf/by+id/AMER-64UP55

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