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Nextek Power Systems Partners with Leading Technology and Energy Providers to Build China’s First Direct-Current Microgrid

Nextek Power Systems has announced a partnership with the School of Energy Research at Xiamen University, and several other technology companies, to create the first direct-current powered commercial building in China. Nextek joins Canadian Solar, Intel Corporation, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and People Power Company in the collaborative effort, which is designed to showcase technology that will change the way China manages, controls and consumes energy. The project will integrate renewable energy sources and storage batteries to serve building electrical loads through one-touch mobile and web-based energy management systems and controls.

This effort is especially significant because Chinese building energy consumption methods, if unchanged, could account for 20 percent of the world’s 2020 global coal consumption, according to the National Resources Defense Council. New Chinese building energy codes call for at least 50 percent energy savings at less than a 10 percent cost increase, compared to existing building costs.

Nextek Power Systems’ role will be to introduce the first Direct Coupling® Microgrid in mainland China that will incorporate diverse energy loads such as direct-current lighting, air conditioning, data centers, electrical vehicle charging and building plug loads.

“Nextek Power Systems is delighted to be working with our friends at LBNL, Intel, People Power Company, Canadian Solar and Xiamen University to field our first significant installation in the country,” said Paul Savage, CEO of Nextek Power Systems. “We think the opportunities that will spring from this are endless.”

People Power Company will provide cloud-based energy management, control and behavioral analytics applications that will enable building managers to control and manage building loads. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will develop methods and algorithms for the optimal equipment choice and operation of direct-current microgrids. Canadian Solar will provide customized solar panels for this rooftop solar system and Intel will provide technical expertise and advice on the research

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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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To Greenbuild We Will Go!

With the tremendous growth of the Greenbuild community, the Greenbuild 2010 Conference occupied the entire McCormick Place West in Chicago, Illinois. As one of the first cities to adopt LEED for public buildings and the city that is home to more LEED-certified buildings than any other, Chicago is truly committed to leadership as a "next-generation" city – the perfect place to celebrate being part of Generation Green. Together, we will define what the future looks like in cities and towns around the world! Nextek was proud to be at the Greenbuild Conference in the EMerge Alliance booth showing off our new Power Server Module Model 1600 C-2 that was running the DC power to the booth!

Nextek at Greenbuild 2010

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CoreNet Global Features Nextek Power Systems in Newsletter

In its July issue of Michigan Memo, The Michigan Chapter of CoreNet Global featured an article about alternative energy and energy efficiency in commercial real estate written by Nextek Power CEO, Paul Savage (see page 5). CoreNet Global is the world's leading professional association for corporate real estate and workplace executives serving leading multinational companies from the Fortune and Global 1000. More than 7,000 members manage over $1.2-trillion in real estate and workplace assets in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and North America.

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Spear Point Energy is Thrilled with Their New DC Flexzone Ceiling

Spear Point Energy, LLC recently installed an Armstrong DC FlexZone ceiling in their Colorado corporate headquarters. Spear Point Energy, LLC is a US based company with offices in Colorado, California and Utah. The company’s principals have diverse backgrounds and experience including real estate acquisition and development, power project finance and development, carbon markets, and emerging efficiency technologies. The founders, Sam Houston, Bob McClenachan, and Todd Mitchell, had the vision to create a company focused on developing and financing solar based electric generation systems as part of the growing global trend towards a diverse energy economy. The Spear Point Energy team is committed to the goal of localized electricity production through solar projects that realize economic benefit for their clients, consumers, partners and investors. Through strategic relationships, experience based knowledge, qualified personnel, and a creative forward thinking approach, Spear Point Energy is able to achieve this.

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Nextek Newbie: Adventures in Energy

Let's face it, until I got this job the only time I ever thought about energy was when I didn't have it, and with my yard full of tall trees, that happens more than I'd like between April and November. I don't think that makes me different from most Americans.  As I've matured I have become more aware of my consumption...turning off lights, unpluging appliances that aren't in use, switching to CF light bulbs and don't even get me started on my composting, recycling and buying local habits. Then I got this job and by "this job" I mean my job assisting the CEO of Nextek Power Systems. Suddenly I was keenly aware that not only do I not think about energy, but I knew nothing about energy either.

My first weeks here were spent Googling every other word uttered by my co-workers.  What's PV?  Is a gigawatt a lot?  AC vs. DC?  Inverters?   Thomas Edison?  I hadn't thought about him since middle school!  It's been 6 months and I am building a vocabulary, but most importantly I am building a tremendous amount of respect for energy.

There is this worldwide conversation going on about the benefits of DC energy, it started as a murmur and it's revving up to be a full-blown roar soon.  It's not just a conversation for environmentalists or third-world countries either, it's a conversation with global corporate leaders, former United States presidents, utility companies and governments.  I think we've really got something special going on here and I know that we are standing on the verge of something huge.

These next couple of years are going to be an incredible journey, one I hope you'll join us on. Become part of  the conversation, start your own adventure in energy...

I know I'm glad I did.

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Nextek Heads to Anaheim for Green Building Power Forum

This month Paul Savage, CEO of Nextek Power Systems, will be headed to Anaheim, California to participate in the Second Annual Green Building Power Forum sponsored by the Darnell Group. This year's forum will consider all aspects of building power including both high-voltage and low-voltage DC distribution, hybrid AC and DC distribution architectures, and DC microgrids. Our very own Paul Savage will be participating in a round table discussion titled "How to Accelerate the Adoption of DC Power Distribution".  Other events sponsored by the Darnell Group have been very successful, including the DC Building Power Japan conference this past December. This first annual conference included numerous important "firsts" including the first comprehensive review of DC power architectures for homes, data centers and microgrids. The first joint meeting of the EPRI DC Power Partners and the Japan DC Power Industrial Partners. The approval of a provisional standard for 380v DC data centers and the first public tours of high-voltage DC powered data centers...very exciting news!

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Nextek Power Systems at University of California, San Diego

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On November 20, 2009 Nextek Power Systems President and CEO, Paul Savage, was on-hand for the dedication of the new Sustainability Resource Center at the University of California, San Diego.  Nextek donated the hardware and software that made it possible for the center's solar arrays to connect to Armstrong's DC Flexzone ceiling/lighting grid.

The UCSD Sustainability Resource Center is a place for students to find green jobs and internships, campus sustainability projects, information on recycling, water conservation, home/office efficiencies, energy-efficient transportation and sustainability-related courses.

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