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1. (WO2019028319) MODULAR POWER CENTER
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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A modular power system for distributing electrical power from a power supply to one or more work sites that are remote from the power supply, the modular power system comprising:

an input/feed-through module comprising:

a first housing having a base portion;

an input connector attached to the first housing, the input connector for receiving a supply voltage from the power supply; and

a feed-through connector attached to the first housing, the feed-through connector in electrical communication with the input connector, such that the supply voltage is present at the feed-through connector when the input connector receives the supply voltage from the power supply; and an output module comprising:

a second housing having a base portion configured to mechanically align with, receive, and attach to the base portion of the first housing;

a conductor configured to connect to and receive the supply voltage from the input/feed-through module when the output module is attached to the input/feed-through module;

a first transformer disposed within the second housing and in electrical communication with the conductor, the first transformer for receiving and stepping down the supply voltage to a first output voltage that is less than the supply voltage; and

a plurality of first electrical receptacles attached to the second housing that are in electrical communication with the first transformer, the plurality of first electrical receptacles for providing the first output voltage to industrial equipment requiring electrical power at the one or more work sites.

2. The modular power system of claim 1 wherein the base portion of the input/feed-through module is configured to align with and slide into connection with the base portion of the output module.

3. The modular power system of claim 1 wherein the base portion of the input/feed-through module is configured to rest on top of the base portion of the output module.

4. The modular power system of claim 1 wherein the base portion of the input/feed-through module is sled-shaped.

5. The modular power system of claim 1 wherein the base portion of the output module is sled-shaped.

6. The modular power system of claim 1 wherein the input/feed-through module includes a vacuum circuit breaker disposed within the first housing and electrically disposed between the input connector and the feed-through connector to selectively open and close an electrical connection between the input connector and the feed-through connector.

7. The modular power system of claim 6 wherein the input/feed-through module includes a feed-through control module disposed within the first housing for controlling operation of the vacuum circuit breaker.

8. The modular power system of claim 1 wherein the input/feed-through module includes a load break switch disposed within the first housing and electrically disposed between the input connector of the input/feed-through module and the conductor of the output module, the load break switch for selectively opening and closing an electrical connection between the input connector and the conductor.

9. The modular power system of claim 8 wherein the input/feed-through module includes one or more fuses disposed within the first housing and electrically disposed between the load break switch and the conductor.

10. The modular power system of claim 9 wherein the conductor of the output module is removably connected to a terminal block disposed within the first housing that is in electrical communication with the one or more fuses.

11. The modular power system of claim 1 wherein

the first housing of the input/feed-through module includes a first mating portal, and the second housing of the output module includes a second mating portal,

wherein when the base portion of the first housing is mechanically attached to the base portion of the second housing, the first mating portal of the first housing is in mechanical alignment with the second mating portal of the second housing, and wherein the mechanical alignment of the first and second mating portals forms a passageway between the first and second housings through which the conductor passes from the second housing into the first housing.

12. The modular power system of claim 1 wherein the output module further comprises:

a second transformer disposed within the second housing and in electrical communication with the first transformer, the second transformer for receiving and stepping down the first output voltage to a second output voltage that is less than the first voltage output voltage; and

a plurality of second electrical receptacles attached to the second housing that are in electrical communication with the second transformer, the plurality of second electrical receptacles for providing the second output voltage to industrial equipment requiring electrical power at the one or more work sites.

13. A modular power system for distributing alternating-current (AC) electrical power from an AC power supply to one or more work sites that are remote from the AC power supply, the modular power system comprising:

a first conductor having first and second ends, the first end connected to the AC power supply to receive an AC supply voltage therefrom;

first input/feed-through module comprising:

a first housing;

a first input connector attached to the first housing, the first input connector operable to connect to the second end of the first conductor for receiving the AC supply voltage; and

a first feed-through connector attached to the first housing, the first feed-through connector in electrical communication with the first input connector, such that the AC supply voltage from the AC power supply is present at the first feed- through connector when the first input connector is connected to the second end of the first conductor;

second conductor having first and second ends, the first end of the second conductor connected to the first feed-through connector to receive the AC supply voltage therefrom;

second input/feed-through module comprising:

a second housing;

a second input connector attached to the second housing, the second input connector operable to connect to the second end of the second conductor for receiving the AC supply voltage; and

a second feed-through connector attached to the second housing, the second feed- through connector in electrical communication with the second input connector, such that the AC supply voltage is present at the electrical feed- through connector when the second input connector is connected to the second end of the second conductor; and

first output module comprising:

a third housing;

a third conductor configured to connect to and receive the AC supply voltage from the second input/feed-through module when the first output module is attached to the second input/feed-through module;

a first transformer that is in electrical communication with the third conductor, the first transformer for receiving and stepping down the AC supply voltage to a first AC output voltage that is less than the AC supply voltage; and a plurality of first electrical receptacles attached to the third housing that are in electrical communication with the first transformer, the plurality of first electrical receptacles for providing the first AC output voltage to industrial equipment requiring electrical power at a first work site that is remote from the AC power supply.

14. The modular power system of claim 13 further comprising:

a second output module comprising:

a fourth housing;

a fourth conductor configured to connect to and receive the AC supply voltage from the first input/feed-through module when the second output module is attached to the first input/feed-through module;

a second transformer disposed within the fourth housing that is in electrical communication with the fourth conductor, the second transformer for receiving and stepping down the AC supply voltage to the first AC output voltage; and

a plurality of second electrical receptacles attached to the fourth housing that are in electrical communication with the second transformer, the plurality of second electrical receptacles for providing the first AC output voltage to industrial equipment requiring electrical power at a second work site that is remote from the first work site.

15. The modular power system of claim 13 wherein

the third housing of the first output module includes a base portion extending outward from the third housing, and

the second housing of the second input/feed-through module includes a base portion that is configured to align with and slide into connection with the base portion of the third housing.

16. The modular power system of claim 15 wherein the base portion of the second housing is configured to rest on top of the base portion of the third housing.

17. The modular power system of claim 14 wherein

the fourth housing of the second output module includes a base portion extending outward from the fourth housing, and

the first housing of the first input/feed-through module includes a base portion that is configured to align with and slide into connection with the base portion of the fourth housing.

18. The modular power system of claim 17 wherein the base portion of the first housing is configured to rest on top of the base portion of the fourth housing.