Anyone who has ever added a branch circuit to a residential or commercial load center is likely aware of the many hazards and frustrations associated with the current (no pun intended) technology. Potential for arc flash or elecrical fire, dead shorts, open shorts, short-wire leads, loose terminal connections, spaghetti wiring, and many other problems associated with our present technology are accepted in the industry as ineluctable facts. I have worked on many different types of wiring systems over the past few decades, from building circuit boards and assembling personal computers, to installing security systems and computer networks. My broad and general practical experience may have afforded me insights that the most capable and inventive electrical engineers have likely missed.
The ideal load center will be standardized, open-source, open-patent design, have no energized surfaces, toolless connections, electronic monitoring and control capabilities, be engineered for 3D printing, and suitable for hot and wet environments. The basic improvements to the present designs will be facilitated by keeping all wiring connections at the load center perimeter; using layers of printed traces to carry both load and communication currents; with recessed cavity geometry and slotted terminals to accept tight-fitting monitoring, control, and circuit interruption modules. All communication traces and grounded and ungrounded power traces individually landing at each circuit interrupter/control socket will allow for modular, granular monitoring and control.