Hauppauge, New York - Nextek Power Systems, Inc. announced today the appointment of William McDonough as Chairman of its Advisory Board. McDonough, a world-renowned architect and designer has been named "A Hero of the Planet" by Time magazine, and is the source of the strategic green planning for corporations around the world, including Ford Motor Company, Nike and others. "A constant goal in our designs is to better integrate energy from the sun and the wind into everything we do, and I am pleased to help plan Nextek's growth, starting with my new headquarters in Charlottesville", said McDonough, adding "these are the world's most abundant resources, and wherever we can connect them directly into our buildings design, I'd say it's a delightful obligation." The author of Cradle to Cradle has promoted what some would call a radical idea in recycling: to stop degrading the value of materials in each subsequent form of use, "It's a matter of design, which says it all about our true intentions", he says. Even the book he co-authored with his business partner, Michael Braungart, was made of a polymer that can endlessly be re-made into new books.
This philosophy fits nicely with the power paradigm invented by the Long Island company, which was the first to develop a multi-source power module that allows for the Direct Coupling of DC sources of power, like solar panels and small wind turbines, to electronic loads in buildings, like lights, computers and phone systems. These networks are also grid-connected, so that when the renewable source is unavailable, power from the utility is used. "We have created a way to increase the capacity throughput of solar panels in commercial applications by dropping the sun's energy directly into operating loads, like fluorescent lights," says Paul Savage, Nextek's CEO. "The difference between our method and conventional ways of integrating DC sources of power is the integrated efficiency of the system", he added. Most critical building loads are electronic by nature, requiring AC converters to interface with the grid. Nextek's system and method delivers between 30% and 150% more green power to critical building loads, according to the company's website. "Having Bill's advice and insight has already been a huge benefit to us, and I can't wait to convene our new Ad Board", Savage says, "he puts the Vision back in Visionary".