Available at: http://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/theses/1200
Date of Award
MS in Electrical Engineering
Most everyday AC appliances are designed to operate off of 120V coming from the wall outlet in our homes. This voltage is a standard set from our established infrastructure. Unlike AC devices, DC devices do not have any set standard of voltage they all will run off of. This presents a problem for the DC house as the various loads that will be used will have different required input voltages. One set voltage for a wall outlet will not suffice for the DC House. This Smart Wall Outlet is designed with a DC-DC converter that will have its output voltage controlled by an on-board microprocessor. The Smart Wall Outlet detects current going into a device, and will adjust the voltage applied to the device to ensure it operates most efficiently. Proof of concept research has already been performed in the past, and this thesis will look towards implementing this concept on a single circuit board.