Date of Award

12-2012

Degree Name

MS in Electrical Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering

Advisor

Dr. Taufik

Abstract

The DC House project at Cal Poly State University faces a challenge of supplying DC voltage to household appliances. Each appliance in the DC House constitutes a DC load that has a unique voltage and power rating, hence the need to develop a smart DC wall plug that will automatically adjust to the operating voltage required by any DC load. This thesis entails a proof of concept design of the smart DC wall plug which can automatically detect an appliance’s voltage rating. The design employs a dc-dc converter in conjunction with a microcontroller to sense load current to properly adjust the required load voltage. Hardware implementation to demonstrate the functionality of the smart wall plug was developed. Results performed on several dc loads show that the smart wall plug is able to adjust to the required load voltage within an acceptable range. An algorithm to improve the accuracy was attempted and presented along with the results. Further recommendations to improve the current design will also be discussed.