Patent Number: 8,879,286

Title: Facility power supply with power-factor correction

Abstract: An embodiment of a power supply includes an input node, a converter stage, and an outlet. The input node is operable to receive an input AC signal having peak portions and non-peak portions. The converter stage is operable to generate a DC power signal from the input AC signal and to cause a first current to be drawn from the input node during at least the non-peak portions of the input AC signal. And the outlet is operable to carry the DC power signal. For example, such a power supply may be installed in a facility such as a residence, office building, or manufacturing plant, or the facility's existing power supply may be retrofitted, to provide one or more power outlets that each carry a respective power-factor-corrected (PFC) DC voltage. Because the outlet voltages are PFC voltages, the amount of wasted power dissipated in the facility power lines/wiring and in the main power lines from the power company may be significantly reduced, without requiring each piece of equipment (e.g., an appliance, machinery) that is wired/plugged into the outlets to have an onboard PFC. This savings in wasted power may provide a significant cost savings to both the facility owner (e.g., lower electric bill) and the power company (e.g., lower power-generation and grid costs), and the ability to use equipment lacking onboard PFCs may reduce the purchase price of the equipment.

Inventors: Lopez-Santillana; Juan-Luis (Shoreline, WA)

Assignee: STS, Inc.

International Classification: H02M 7/10 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-04 0:00:00