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Nextek CEO Paul Savage is Keynote Speaker at Microgrid Summit

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Nextek Power Systems Inc. CEO Paul Savage will be a keynote speaker at Microgrid Global Summit 2014 in Newport Beach, CA on May 22. His speech, “DC Microgrids and the Internet of Things,” will address some of the business and technological challenges that face microgrid energy stakeholders. The four-day event will bring an international constituency from around the world to share insights regarding best practices and lessons learned in a truly global forum.

Event themes include:

  • What are the business models for key stakeholders?
  • What are the essential value propositions?
  • What regulatory changes will be required?
  • How can microgrids integrate with existing operations?
  • What are the latest enabling technology advances?
  • How can we best work together to move forward?

The Global Summit is intended for professionals at utility organizations of all varieties who wish to meet the microgrid opportunity head-on. This includes investor owned, municipal, and co-op energy providers in major metropolitan areas around the world as well as in rural and remote / off-grid environments.

The event is produced by the Advanced Power and Energy Program of the University of California at Irvine, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, CleanTechOC, Navigant Research, the U.S. Department of Defense, and a variety of other organizations.

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Nextek CEO Featured in Retrofit Magazine Video

Nextek CEO Paul Savage was at the annual LightFair expo in Philadelphia recently, and was featured in a brief video produced by Retrofit Magazine, a journal dedicated to the growing market for retrofitting existing buildings with state-of-the-art equipment and functionality. That philosophy integrates perfectly with Nextek’s Direct Current solutions, which allow businesses and building managers to upgrade their electrical systems to more efficient, lower-cost DC systems by retrofitting components without overhauling systems or making costly infrastructure changes.

In the video, Savage talks about Nextek and the EMerge Alliance, which is an open industry association developing standards leading to the rapid adoption of DC power distribution in commercial buildings. He also discusses the trend towards low-voltage interiors in the workplace, and the move towards providing high voltage car charging at workplace stations.

You can watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAE29WUmbrs

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Nextek CEO Paul Savage Shows STAR Power at TEDx Detroit Event

Nextek Power System’s CEO, Paul Savage, spoke recently at a TEDx Detroit gathering to brief the public on the company’s efforts to bring electrical power to people in Haiti who live off the grid.

The portable, solar powered trailer system is called the STAR (Stationary or Transportable Available Resource), and is designed to be a community charging station, capable of providing power to as many as 400 people at a time. Many of the recipients have never had electrical power in their homes.

This simple solution, consisting of a deployable solar panel, battery charging station and charging controller, makes it possible to power homes and small businesses anywhere, regardless of proximity to power utilities or other sources. Community members charge their battery packs at the station, and carry it to their homes, where it is hooked up to lights and other small electrical loads.

Development of systems like the STAR is critical to the economic and cultural development of the one billion people around the world who do not have access to electrical power, and the additional two billion who have substandard power.

Link: http://www.youtube.com/user/TEDxTalks/videos?query=TEDxDetroit

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Sustainable Energy For All (SE4ALL) Discussed at Solar Power International Conference

Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) is a United Nations initiative that has a goal of universal energy access by 2030. The effort is a cooperative among energy innovators and suppliers to bring electrical power to the estimated 100 million households that are still without it. The directive relies heavily on solar technology because of the relatively low cost in reaching remote communities. Nextek Power Systems supports the UN’s efforts and is involved in efforts to bring solar power to places like Haiti. In addition to providing electricity to impoverished areas, the introduction of the technology has also been shown to improve local economic development, public health, education, and environmental issues.

A video made at the recent Solar Power International conference features four industry professionals discussing the benefits and future of SE4ALL and solar power in general:

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Nextek Technology Featured at 2012 Michigan Lighting and Energy Conference

Nextek Power Systems’ Direct Current lighting technology was on display at the 2012 Michigan Lighting and Energy Conference on September 18, and was featured in a report on the CBS Detroit web site later that day. The Nextek display featured the company’s wireless DC lighting technology, which is designed to maximize design flexibility while minimizing lighting costs. The system connects to Nextek’s DC Microgrid technology, which relies primarily on renewable energy sources, such as solar, and incorporates AC grid power only when needed. Low-voltage DC power is supplied to an Armstrong DC FlexZone ceiling grid. The grid is a wireless drop ceiling design that carries the DC current, which is safe to the touch. This means that lighting panels can be placed or moved anywhere in the grid, without having to be wired, which translates into optimum lighting conditions for any room configuration.

Once installed, the lighting can be controlled remotely though an Internet application from a remote computer or smartphone, allowing users to turn lights on or off using an Internet connection.

The Electrical Industry Training Center is operated by the Southeast Michigan chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association and Local 58 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The EITC is often used as a demonstration center for the electrical industry, showcasing advanced lamps and fixtures, control hardware and software, and advances in solar and wind energy.

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Nextek Executives Presented at EnergyTech 2012 Conference

Nextek Power Systems executives were among the presenters at the recent EnergyTech 2012 conference, held in Cleveland OH on May 29-31. The event spotlighted products and research and development that are contributing to strengthening the advanced energy industry. Nextek is a pioneer in direct current (DC) power networks for buildings, and CEO Paul Savage has recently authored a paper entitled "Building the Case for Global DC Power Standards" (click to download a pdf of the paper).

Liang Downey, Nextek’s Director of Digital Applications, served as Lead Organizer and Moderator for the session “Adopting DC Power For Building,” which explored the topic of rapidly developing and deploying DC power systems for building application. John Jashan, Director of Engineering, was among the panelists, and offered a presentation on “DC Microgrids: "A Direct Route To Energy Efficiency" (click to download a pdf of the presentation).

Additional panelists included Ken Gettman, National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), DC; Brian Fortenbery, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Palo Alto, CA; Chris Marnay, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs (LBNL), Berkeley, CA; Mike Rowand, Duke Energy, Durham, NC; Keiichi Hirose, NTT Facilities Inc., Japan; Pier Marzocca, Clarkson University, Postdam, NY; and Emmett Romine, DTE Energy, Detroit, MI.

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Where in the World is the Nextek CEO?

Nextek Power Systems Inc. CEO Paul Savage will speak at the 7th annual Pacific Crest Emerging Technology Summit, scheduled for February 14-15, at the Westin San Francisco. He will be on the panel discussing “Driving Down Energy Cost with Smart Buildings” at 3 p.m. on the 15th. The summit will consist of two days of discussions surrounding numerous topics, including next generation infrastructure, mobility, global Internet, Software-as-a-Service, Big Data, clean technology and several others. Attendees include top executives from leading public and private technology companies, tech-focused public market investors, private equity firms, venture capitalists, and corporate development executives from top acquirers. Among other topics, Mr. Savage will discuss Nextek’s Direct Current technology, which relies primarily on photovoltaic (solar) energy, and can be deployed in buildings and campuses, offering significant energy savings.

Mr. Savage is a regular participant at events promoting renewable energy around the world. For example, last June he took part in a Roundtable on Clean Energy sponsored by the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) held in Cambridge, England. REEEP is a non-profit, specialist change agent aiming to catalyze the market for renewable energy and energy efficiency, with a primary focus on emerging markets and developing countries.

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Nextek CEO Helps Make the Case for DC Power

The use of renewable, efficient DC power is rapidly increasing in enterprise locations such as corporate, educational and government campuses, and its future in both commercial and residential applications is bright. Nextek Power Systems CEO Paul Savage (a founding member of the EMerge Alliance®) was among the presenters in a recent webinar on “Direct DC Power Systems for Efficiency and Renewable Energy Integration.” The event was sponsored by the Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Program.

Renewable energy accounted for 14.3 percent of the domestically produced electricity in the United States in the first six months of 2011, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s Electric Power Monthly. Forecasts predict it will grow to more than 20 percent by 2030. Increased residential use could push that figure much higher, and Nextek and the companies it collaborates with are working towards both goals.

Mr. Savage spoke on Nextek’s work to develop standards for the equipment and systems that are emerging for real-world use. To see the slide presentation he offered for the webinar, visit the government’s Energy Efficient Standards web page, and scroll to “Attachments.”

The rationale for greater dependence on DC power is strong. More and more devices, ranging from computers to smart phones to appliances, incorporate semiconductors, which run only on DC power. The increased use of electric vehicles, which can be charged using DC power, adds to that use. The power loss that results from converting AC power from the electrical grid to DC is large, and the production of AC power replies heavily on depleting resources such as oil and coal. However, much DC power can be generated from renewable sources, particularly solar.

For decades, the drawback of DC power has been significant loss over even moderate transmission distances. But with the genesis of microgrid technology—small locations that produce their own power and draw from the grid (or add to it!) only when needed, the advantages of DC become clearer. Add to that advancements in storage technology, and DC power is definitely the wave of the future.

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Nextek's AC vs. DC Video Nominated for Prestigious AICE Award

And the winner is.... That phrase was repeated 30 times at the Association of Independent Creative Editors awards held recently in New York City.  In catagories like "Automotive", "Comedy", "Montage" and "Dialogue", companies including American Express, General Motors, Coke and Adidas competed for the coveted awards.  Nextek was nominated in the "Design" catagory and although we didn't win, it was an honor to be thought of along side AT&T and Hyundai.  Click here for a complete list of 2011 AICE Award recepients and view their videos.

The Association of Independent Creative Editors (AICE) is an international association which represents the interests of independent creative editorial companies and their editors.

AICE is dedicated to the advancement and promotion of the creative editor and of the increasingly important role the creative editor plays in the media creation process. For example, more than 85% of all network television commercials edited in the United States and Canada are edited by AICE members.

With chapters in Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco and Toronto, AICE represents a significant segment of this vibrant sector and will continue to maintain its strong collective voice in the $5 billion commercial advertising industry.

Rapid advances in editing, graphics and audio technologies have created new tools which significantly broaden and enhance the editor's capabilities and influence. AICE members have been in the forefront of the technology expansion, researching, testing and adopting the latest tools and technologies to meet new creative challenges and opportunities.

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Big News and Ideas at LIGHTFAIR 2011

The EMerge Alliance, an open industry association leading the rapid adoption of safe direct-current (DC) power distribution standards for commercial buildings, announced at LIGHTFAIR 2011 that 22 additional products have been Registered as compliant with the EMerge Alliance and 16 new members have joined the organization.  Nextek is a founding member of the EMerge Alliance and was recently at LIGHTFAIR 2011 for their DC Standard for Occupied Space Informational Session in front of a full house.  Click here to view the entire Power Point presentation.  Our own Paul Savage and Doug Hamborsky were there to discuss our full line of EMerge Alliance Registered products  -- 18 products in all!Nextek at EMerge Alliance Session, LIGHTFAIR 2011

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Power to the People!

Recently, our own Liang Downey, Director of Digital Domain attended the Power to the People: Distributed Generation and Microgrids Conference in San Francisco California.  Conference discussions focused on the innovation and integration of renewable energy generation and smart grid technology changing the way we can produce energy. In this new environment, Distributed Generation & Microgrids can play an unprecedented role in increasing efficiency, replacing non-renewable energy sources and reducing carbon emissions.  Panel discussions answered questions about the potential of distributed generation meeting electricity demand; what are the leading technologies driving current and future growth; and what are the key technical, logistical and economic hurdles in accelerating deployment? Liang was joined on a panel by Carrie McLaughlin of Nordic Windpower, Kevin Passalacqua of Bloom Energy and Ed Sappin of BP Solar.  The Panel, Moderated by Matt Lecar of GE Smart Grid was a lively discussion about "Scaling Down to Size - The Technology Landscape".  Liang's contribution concentrated on microgrids and the EMerge Alliance innovative approach to using DC power for lighting applications.

The audience was mostly students and faculty of both UC Berkley and Stanford University as well as industry professionals.  Greentech Media was there and they covered the conference as well.  Click here for their complete story.

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Paul Savage Talks DC Microgrids at Tedx Detroit 2010

On September 29, 2010 the area's leading creators, catalysts, entrepreneurs, artists, technologists, designers, scientists, thinkers and doers gathered at The Detroit Institute of Arts to share what they are most passionate about — positive ideas for the world from Detroit. Nextek CEO, Paul Savage, was one of those to speak.

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