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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 Receives New UL Classification for Ballast Retrofit:Change Lets Customers Save by Switching to DC Ballasts

Nextek Power Systems Inc. has received a new Underwriters Laboratories classification that makes it possible to quickly and easily retrofit AC ballasts with safe, low-cost DC ballasts. The new classification, UL 2108, replaces UL 1598. A team of Nextek engineers and employees authored the document, with guidance from UL regarding safety certification requirements for this innovative retrofit product. The classification and Nextek’s instructions make it easy for building owners and managers to switch out AC ballasts and replace them with DC ballasts, which can reduce the cost of operating luminaires significantly.

Usually, no other changes to the luminaires or the lamps are necessary to accommodate the DC ballasts.

Paul Savage, Nextek Power System’s CEO, said, “We believe our low voltage DC lighting ballasts are the most efficient dimming fluorescent ballasts in the world. Connecting them to our Direct Coupling® Power Server Module (PSM) makes the total system the most efficient commercially available anywhere.

Nextek manufactures ballasts and power supplies for multiple types of T8, T5, CFL and Biax lamps, Emergency Ballasts, and DC Ceiling Fans.  All products are registered with the EMerge Alliance and compatible with that organization’s 24V DC Occupied Space standard.

To view the press release in its entirety, please see this article.

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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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Paul Savage at the Green Building Power Forum

Last week Paul Savage, Nextek CEO, participated in the Green Building Power Forum put on by the Darnell Group, this year out in Santa Ana, CA.  It’s the third GBPF; the first was in Anaheim, the second in Tokyo.  While the attendance was flat (apparently a good sign amidst the economic doldrums) it was an indicator of swift movement in the DC power realm.  The EMerge Alliance was a sponsor along with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Roal Electronics from Italy.  Big news was the bump in attendance from Japanese corporations.  Sharp, Panasonic, Fujitsu, NTT Facilities and JETIA were all there, following their successful conference in Tokyo a few months ago, where it was announced that the country was adopting a 380 volt DC standard for data center applications.  Now – in the Japanese press anyway – several demos of DC single family homes are underway.  The US had just one building materials manufacturer in attendance.  We have plans to build a DC model home soon with some top-drawer US partners, hopefully some collaboration with our Japanese colleagues and some German outfits that have cut the path on modern passive strategies for ultra efficient building design.

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Nextek CEO to be Featured at MSSLA Event

Nextek Power Sytems CEO, Paul Savage, will be the featured speaker at a Michigan Solid State Lighting Association networking event on February 25, 2010 at 3:00 pm. at the Altair Engineering Headquarters, 1820 East Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI 48083. The topic is: “The EMerge Alliance for DC Power Distribution” and it will be focused on the benefit to LED technology vendors. Please join us! DTE Energy is a founding member of MSSLA.

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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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