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It's Alive!

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This week, Phipps Conservatory unveiled its new Exhibit Staging Center and with the help of Nextek, it has become one of only 15 certified Living Buildings in the world! The Staging Center is 100% off-grid. Generating all of its electricity through a solar panel array tied directly into Nextek’s DC Micro-Grid technology. In most solar-powered buildings, the direct-current (DC) from the photovoltaic panels is converted into alternating current (AC) – the kind that comes from standard wall sockets – and then converted back into DC for most devices. That process can waste up to 15 percent of the electricity. At the Staging Center, with the implementation of Nextek’s DC Micro-Grid, everything will be DC, saving that power and storing it into batteries for use at night and in emergencies.

To learn more about Phipps Conservator please click here.

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Nextek Brings Power to Off-Grid Communities!

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There are roughly 3 billion people in the world today that don’t have access to reliable energy. Many of which reside in disaster zones or in countries that lack the proper infrastructure. Here at Nextek, we are ambitious about changing that, which is why we are proud to announce that the newest generation of the IEEE Smart Village SunBlazer has arrived!

Designed by Nextek, the SunBlazer is a mobile micro grid that’s manufactured to be easily deployed anywhere in the world with an objective of bringing power to people in places without it. The new Sun Blazer-IV is lighter, more modular, more rugged and easier to install compared to its earlier iterations making it very adaptable for the multitude of use-cases for which it’s needed. The SunBlazer platform has been in operation since 2010 and was first deployed in Haiti providing power to many communities and has since been replicated in Cameroon.

Click HERE to learn more about how Nextek and IEEE Smart Villiage are making strides to achieve rural electrification with the all new SunBlazer 4!

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Installing a DC Power System Can Score you 18 Points!

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LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the most widely used green building rating system, is now offering LEED Pilot Credits to building designers who spec DC Power Systems. Today, not many manufacturers produce DC Power Systems because they aren't specified in buildings’ base design plans. Designers, on the other hand, aren’t specifying DC systems because they aren’t aware of the availability of these systems and benefits. LEED aims to change this by incentivizing building designers to integrate DC Power into buildings, rewarding more credits for greater energy savings!

This turn of events is what Nextek Power Systems has been driving towards for the last decade, and a sign that these positive changes for power distribution in buildings are gaining momentum!

To learn more about LEED and why DC Power Systems are so important to our future click Here.

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Building Automation is Gaining Ground!

The EU gets serious and requires all buildings to be CO2-neutral by 2050, and this is already leading to a number of stricter requirements in the coming years, especially where building automation is concerned. The EPBD (Energy Performance of Buildings Directive) establishes requirements for buildings, which are to be implemented by EU member states under their national laws. 

Follow the link below for more details:

https://ec.europa.eu/energy/en/topics/energy-efficiency/energy-performance-of-buildings

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Nextek Shines Some Light on the Latest Office Space Trend: Co-Working!

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Now a global phenomenon, co-working spaces are springing up in many major cities with goals of providing shared office spaces for individuals and small business alike. Recently, Nextek has connected with Regus, the world's largest network of work spaces and co-working spaces, to help lower overall energy costs by implementing Nextek’s DC Micro Grid Technology. Nextek is actively powering 2 of Regus’ locations in Toronto and Vancouver with many more on the way!

Regus’ mission is to “develop, deliver and support outsourced workplace solutions that allow individuals and companies to work however, wherever and whenever they need to”. To learn more about the professional and inspiring work environments Regus provides, click here.

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Nextek Power Systems Plays a Key Role in The American Geophysical Unions Effort to Achieve Net Zero Site Energy

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We are proud to announce that our Direct Current Power Grid has been deployed at the American Geophysical Union to help earn Net Zero Design! The newly renovated American Geophysical Union (AGU) in Washington D.C has a mission to attain “net zero site energy,” which requires a building to capture as much energy within the footprint of the project site as it uses onsite over the course of a year.

Follow the link to learn more about Net Zero Design at AGU and Nextek’s involvment: https://building.agu.org/about-the-project/net-zero-design/

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Nextek Power Systems is featured in Electrical Contractor Magazine

Susan Bloom has written a feature article regarding the increased popularity of DC power, and the important role that Nextek Power Systems plays in distributing it. It also includes commentary on our installation done on behalf of Bedrock Real Estate Services in Detroit, as well as a detailed explanation of the benefits of using DC power. The article can be found here:

http://www.ecmag.com/section/systems/power-play-dc-power

 

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We've been honored! Join us in Celebrating!

We are honored to have been selected as a presenting host company at NewCo Detroit. NewCo is an internationally-renowned organization whose mission it is to identify, celebrate, and connect the engines of positive change in our society. Wow!

Join us! We’re sharing our inspiring story firsthand with a 1-hour session INSIDE our office on April 13th! Meet Paul Savage and learn about Nextek Power Systems innovations in DC Microgrids and take a tour of our engineering and manufacturing facilities. Secure your spot and get 25% off Festival Passes and VIP Festival Passes with the code: DetHC16 (offer expires 3/25/16). Space is very limited. Get your ticket today!

With NewCo, you’ll get a chance to visit our offices plus 40+ other innovative rockstar organizations throughout Detroit! Find out more and get your ticket here.

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Collaboration between IEEE and EMerge Alliance on Hybrid AC/DC Microcgrid Power Standardization!

Nextek Power Systems is pleased to report that a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between IEEE and Emerge Alliance. IEEE is the world's largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, and EMerge Alliance develops standards for hybrid AC/DC microgrid power distribution into buildings. Together they can collaborate on creating a global standards roadmap,  and publication of each other's activities. Together they can promote the growth of DC microgrid technology more efficiently than either group alone. Nextek Power Systems, a founding and governing member of Emerge Alliance sees this as an exciting partnership which will promote the goals of both organizations. The full press release can be read here: http://standards.ieee.org/news/2015/emerge_mou.html

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