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1. (WO2019067881) POWER ELECTRONICS INTELLIGENCE AT THE NETWORK EDGE (PINE)
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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS;

1. A device comprising:

an input converter electrically coupled to an electrical meter and electrically coupled to an energy production array;

an output converter electrically coupled to the energy production array and electrically coupled to a load; and

a controller communicatively coupled to:

the input converter,

the output converter,

the energy production array, and

the load;

wherein the input converter and the output converter are positioned between the electrical meter and the load.

2. The device of claim 1, further comprising the controller communicatively coupled to a distribution feeder at a substation, wherein the controller is configured to send data to the distribution feeder and to receive data from the distribution feeder.

3. The device of claim 1, wherein the energy production array comprises: a distributed generation cell,

a battery; and

a filter electrically coupled to the output converter and the load.

4. The device of claim 1 , further comprising:

a power sharing converter; and

a direct current (DC)-to-DC converter;

wherein:

the power sharing converter is electrically coupled to the energy production array and to the DC-to-DC converter; and

the DC-to-DC converter is electrically coupled to the output converter.

5. The device of claim 1, wherein the controller is configured to regulate first voltage characteristics of a first alternating current (AC) signal provided by a power line to the load, and wherein the controller is further configured to regulate second voltage characteristics of a second alternating current (AC) signal distinct from the first AC signal, the second AC signal provided via the energy production array to the power line, wherein the power line is electrically coupled to the electrical meter.

6. The device of claim 1, further comprising an output filter coupled to the output converter and a circuit breaker panel, wherein the controller is configured to enact an energy budget by controlling one or more circuit breakers within the circuit breaker panel.

7. The device of claim 1, wherein the controller is configured to enact an energy budget by limiting an output current delivered to the load.

8. The device of claim 1, wherein the controller is further communicatively coupled to a plurality of switches.

9. The device of claim 8, wherein the controller is configured to send one or more instructions to one or more of the plurality of switches in order to electrically couple the electrical meter to the load, thereby bypassing the device.

10. The device of claim 8, wherein the controller is configured to send one or more instructions to one or more of the plurality of switches in order to bypass the input converter.

1 1. The device of claim 8, wherein the controller is configured to send one or more instructions to one or more of the plurality of switches in order to bypass the output converter.

12. A method comprising:

maintaining a tunable power factor at a power line electrically coupled to an energy production array and electrically coupled to a load;

regulating harmonic components of power provided by the power line to the load;

reducing a power distribution loss in a distribution system, and

communicating a reactive power command to the energy production array.

13. The method of Claim 12, further comprising enacting an energy budget by controlling one or more circuit breakers within a circuit breaker panel.

14. The method of Claim 12, further comprising enacting an energy budget by limiting an output current delivered to the load.

15. A system, comprising:

a first pulse-width modulation (PWM) converter coupled to a meter and a DC-link, the first PWM converter configured to convert an input AC waveform from a utility feed into a DC waveform;

a second PWM converter coupled to the first PWM converter, the DC-link, and a load, the second PWM converter configured to convert the DC waveform from the first PWM converter into an output AC waveform for the load; and

a control module configured to:

monitor a voltage and a current of the input AC waveform from the utility feed:

monitor a voltage and a current of the output AC waveform for the load;

provide one or more first instructions to maintain a unity power factor from the utility feed;

provide one or more second instructions to draw a sinusoidal current from the utility feed;

provide one or more third instructions to regulate the voltage of the output AC waveform for the load;

provide one or more fourth instructions to inject power flow into the utility feed at the unity power factor; and

measure an amount of energy flowing into an out of the first PWM converter;

wherein a neutral line from the utility feed is coupled to the first PVVM converter, the DC-link, and the second PWM converter.

16. The system of Claim 15, wherein the DC-link comprises:

an interface configured to be coupled to a battery and a photovoltaic (PV) array;

a power sharing converter; and

a DC-DC boost converter.

17. The system of Claim 15, further comprising an output filter coupled between the second PWM converter and a circuit breaker panel, wherein the control module is configured to enact an energy budget by controlling one or more circuit breakers within the circuit breaker panel.

18. The system of Claim 15, wherein the control module is configured to enact an energy budget by limiting an output current delivered to the load,

19. The system of Claim 15, further comprising a plurality of switches comprising:

a first switch coupled between the meter and the load;

a second switch coupled between the first PWM converter and the meter; and a third switch coupled between the second PWM converter and the load.

20. The system of Claim 19, wherein the control module is configured to: control one or more of the plurality of switches in order to electrically couple the meter to the load, thereby bypassing the system;

control one or more of the plurality of switches in order to bypass the first PWM converter; and

control one or more of the plurality of switches in order to bypass the second PWM converter.