Nextek CEO, Paul Savage, has contributed a post as a guest writer for the automotive blog at Forbes online magazine. In it he discusses why Elon Musk's greatest innovation might not be a car. Please enjoy the post here:
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Here's a simple to understand video, produced by NPR's Planet Money, explaining why those chargers get so hot. It also gives a nice little introduction to the competing Electric Grid ideas of Edison and Tesla.
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
This is an interesting article from Channelnomics.com , discussing the impact the "bottom line" can have on selecting an environmentally conscious technology for a project. It highlights work done by two of our partners, Steel Orca and the Emerge Alliance. Nextek is also a founding partner and governing member of the Emerge alliance. The article, which focuses on greener IT data centers, explains that many companies are interested in choosing more energy efficient solutions. Currently, greener storage costs more than traditional data storage, but as these technologies become more cost competitive, more companies will seek to incorporate them into their datacenter infrastructure, and more vendors will develop new products. As this happens, it will be important for industry-wide standards on datacenter efficiency to be in place to guide the manufacturers and IT providers in the development of their products. That goal is fully supported by Emerge Alliance and Nextek.
The full article can be read here http://www.channelnomics.com/channelnomics-us/analysis/2425921/money-talks-bottom-line-driving-sustainable-datacenter-demand
On November 17, 2015. Paul Savage will be accepting the "Best of MichBusiness Award" on behalf of Nextek Power Systems. These awards, sponsored by the Michigan Business and Professional Association, recognize companies in various categories which have proven themselves to be great places to do business in the state of Michigan. Nextek is proud to have been selected as a winner in the technology category, and we look forward to sharing the stage with the other winners on November 17, at the Atheneum Suite Hotel in Detroit.
This past week Kroger unveiled it's new digital shelf-edge technology to 5,200 Kroger Managers at the Kroger Leadership Summit. The goal of the technology is to replace paper tags with digital screens, which will not only allow for more efficient price changes, but could also be useful in directing customers to other products they might be interested in purchasing.
Nextek has been working with Kroger for well over a year to develop a product to power the technology. We are pleased to announce that our over 100 of our Power Server Modules have been installed in the Kroger Supermarket in Cold Spring, Kentucky, lighting up display gondolas throughout the store. You can read an article about the installation here: http://www.wcpo.com/news/insider/kroger-co-kr-innovation-on-display-at-three-day-leadership-summit
USA Today also has a video clip about the innovation which can be seen here: http://www.usatoday.com/videos/money/nation-now/2015/10/03/73319544/
On August 29, 2015, Paul Savage and others associated with the Recovery Park Farms project were interviewed By Jeff Sloan and Norm Pappas on StartUp Nation Radio. Paul discussed how Nextek Power Systems will implement their DC distribution systems for Recovery Park greenhouse operations. Nextek’s system will increase the profitability of RecoveryPark Farms by taking full advantage of the LEDs and advanced power distribution to keep the greenhouses as affordable and energy efficient as possible. You can listen to an archive recording here: http://www.startupnation.com/radio/radio-show-archives/companies-collaborate-to-find-solutions/.
As a member of the winning Light-Speed USA team, Nextek Power Systems was chosen to provide our DC energy distribution systemfor Recovery Park Farms, A greenhouse farm located in Detroit. We our very proud of our contribution, which will provide a cost effective, energy efficient lighting system which allow for optimal plant growth in a variety of environmental conditions. The MLive press release can be found here
Nextek's Partnership with IEEE Smart Village program to provide power to underserved parts of the World
Since 2010, Nextek has been partnered with IEEE to distribute electricity in the form of our SunBlazer trailers, through both the IEEE Community Solutions Initiative and currently through the IEEE Smart Village Program. Recently, several companies and foundations have shown support for these initiatives. In fact, this past April, Nextek CEO, Paul Savage, made a presentation on behalf of the IEEE during the Bloomberg Energy Finance Summit’s Finance for Resilience initiative. In his presentation, entitled "Scalable and Standards-Based DC Microgrids,” he discussed the importance of imparting microgrid technology in underserved parts of the world, as well as explained the current state of developing standards for this technology. The presentation was extremely well received, and opened new dialogues between Nextek and other parties interested in promoting the growth of these initiatives.
Paul Savage will be a panelist at the IEEE PES General Meeting Super Session entitled "DC in an AC World" during the afternoon of Wednesday July 29th. He will discussing the mission and work of the EMerge Alliance. Other topics up for discussioin during the super session include: HVDC Grids – The European Perspective; Solid State Transformers and How They Will Converge DC and AC Power Systems; Coordinating Control of AC and DC Microgrids; DC Lessons from the Data Center Power World; and DC Technology Advancements & Innovation. The full schedule for the conference can be found here:
Nextek is thrilled to participate in this important conference, and share the relevance of the work being carried out by the EMerge Alliance.
On June 15, 2015 the United State's EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, toured the NextEnergy Campus, and visited with Nextek CEO, Kevin Howley, and Nextek Architect and Designer, Lisa Johnson. The purpose of her trip was to find new technologies to support the EPA's climate action plan. Nextek's team was proud to showcase our power server module's capabilities, and provide to Ms. McCarthy with an understanding of the impact that microgrids could have on meeting the EPA's goals as outlined in it's Clean Power Plan. Nextek has a relevant product which has unlimited growth potential as the country heads towards a low carbon future.
You can view an article about the event here, on the CBS Detroit website.