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A Glimpse at the Future of Renewable Energy

If our nation and world are to harness renewable energies and become truly independent of fossil fuels, it will take more than new technologies to complete the transition. We will also need some way in which to manage the various resources so we can keep our energy grid operating at maximum capacity with minimum down time—in short to maintain a state that delivers as much power as the current electrical grid, at less cost and damage to the environment. Solar, wind, hydroelectric, biomass, geothermal and other energy sources are all subject to large changes in the amount of power they can produce at any particular time. Clouds block the sun, the wind dies, water flow changes—how can we balance our energy needs with what we can produce?

A company in California has taken a first step towards anticipating and managing renewable energy sources. Space Time Insight has developed geospatial and visual analytics solutions that synthesize real-time meteorological, geothermal and other data into intuitive visual displays that help energy managers anticipate power production. Several utility companies are already using the company’s software to help them augment power from the traditional electrical grid. By monitoring conditions, energy managers can tap into available sources and plan for shortages before they happen.

Photo: a graphical representation of solar power generation (green) and availability (red) in California and Arizona, with cloud cover.

 

Nextek Power Systems’ Direct Current equipment and systems are part of this movement towards energy independence, and use a similar approach. Our building and microgrid solutions, which are based on solar power generation, automatically manage available power sources, drawing from solar panels, then battery storage, before they tap into the AC grid, to keep energy expenses as low as possible for customers. This is the future of electric power.

 

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Michigan State University Goes All in for Microgrid Technology

Michigan State University recently released its Energy Transition Plan, which calls for the implementation of microgrid technology to achieve a future where the university is powered completely by renewable energy. Currently, renewable energy accounts for less than 2 percent of power generation at MSU. In addition, the university’s T.B. Simon Power Plant has been named by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as Michigan’s 25th biggest polluter, so the move to renewable energy should make a significant impact on the campus environment and energy costs.

The MSU plan includes improving the physical environment of the campus, using the campus as a laboratory for developing new technologies, and applying the knowledge gained towards improving the quality of life for local, regional and national communities.

Nextek Power Systems, Inc. applauds the Michigan State University initiative. Nextek is an industry leader in the design and implementation of Direct Current microgrids for buildings and campuses. Microgrids offer a variety of advantages to many facilities, especially those that need to run independently of the AC grid, in case of a supply failure, or a terrorist attack. Many government offices and military installations are already at work planning for such systems.

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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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Nextek to Support the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Challenge Initiative

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. Led by a group of IEEE volunteers working with Engineers Without Borders, Nextek Power Systems will be helping to provide renewable energy to Haiti and other disadvantaged regions in the world. Nextek has committed to donate our NPS1000 Power Modules and associated hardware that have been specifically modified to support the initiative in Haiti. The long-term goal is to create economically and environmentally sustainable energy, as well as build an entrepreneurial renewable energy industry in these developing and disadvantaged areas.

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