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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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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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This Is The Motor City And This Is What We Do…

Chrysler - "This is the Motor City, and this is what we do." A profound phrase from Detroit native Eminem during the Chrysler ad in the 3rd quarter of the Super Bowl. It had the country talking and why not? As the voice over so poignantly noted, Detroit is “a town that’s been to hell and back.” I’m sure many outside the City were sure we’d been to hell and had no idea that we were staging any kind of comeback. But Detroit has historically been a city of innovators, tinkerers and entrepreneurs. When it’s denizens walk through fire they come through stronger than before, with new ideas and renewed hope. The same talent that put the world on wheels has found new industries to foster. On a quiet block in TechTown, nestled between the Detroit Institute of Arts, Wayne State University and Henry Ford Health Systems, Nextek Power Systems is developing energy products that will turn the old “Edison vs. Westinghouse” argument on its ear. We are a part of a new world economy that knows that electric hybrid vehicles, renewable energy and power efficiency are the future and Detroit will rise out of the ashes and show the world that “imported from Detroit” isn’t just about automobiles.

We Are Nextek Power Systems and DC power is what we do!

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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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Nextek Enters GE's Ecomagination Challenge

GE’s Ecomagination Challenge is a $200 million call-to-action for businesses, entrepreneurs, innovators, and students to share their best ideas and come together to take on one of the world’s toughest challenges – building the next-generation power grid to meet the needs of the 21st century. Organizations and individuals may enter as many ideas as they wish in the three categories: Renewables, Grid Efficiency and Eco Homes/Eco Buildings between July 13 and September 30, 2010. VOTE FOR OUR IDEA BY CLICKING BELOW:

Use Power How and Where it is Generated

The idea: Nextek Power Systems has a simple yet ingenious upgrade to conventional power delivery that applies directly to all categories of the GE Challenge. Nextek’s innovative Direct Current microgrid can be deployed incrementally, improving the overall efficiency, sustainability and reliability of the Smart-Grid and the loads it serves.

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Nextek Receives UL Approval for PSM 1600-C2

The Nextek Power Systems facility has received UL approval to manufacture the Power Server Module Model 1600-C2. Customers can now place their orders for the PSM at 1-877-24VOLTS or checkout the PSM 1600-C2 in the Power-Shop.

Nextek Power Server Module Model 1600-C2 DC Power Supply

Nextek’s Power Server Module converts 208 or 240 VAC power to 24 VDC through 16 individual Class 2 outputs. The Power Server Module has a wireless remote control and monitoring system. The system advantage is that the Power Server Module provides a safe, low-voltage DC distribution system that allows quick plug-and-play, energy efficient and individually controllable Direct Current (DC) lighting and other loads. The patented triangular design of the Power Server Module makes for a clean fit into a suspended ceiling grid for ease of installation and removal of ceiling tiles. Download the Power Server Module 1600-C2 spec sheet.

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