EMerge Alliance advances power distribution platform

San Ramon, Calif., October 19, 2010 – The EMerge Alliance – an open industry association leading the rapid adoption of safe direct-current power distribution standards for commercial buildings – formed a new technical standard committee for data and telecommunications centers and added 11 new members as part of the group’s planned expansion to address building-wide opportunities for reduced power consumption.

In response to the ongoing need for improved reliability and energy efficiency in data centers, along with a growing interest in the benefits of DC power distribution, the EMerge Alliance is developing a 380-volt DC power standard for inclusion in its hybrid alternating current and DC microgrid platform.

This open architecture focuses on reducing or eliminating inefficient AC to DC conversions that occur between power sources and digital devices in commercial buildings by converting and distributing power in DC form. More than 70 organizations have now joined the alliance in support of this approach, and membership continues to grow.

Newest members include Cooper Industries, DTE Energy, Emerson Network Power and Spear Point Energy at the participating level; TSM / LEDingEDGE and Verve Living Systems, a unit of Masco Corp., at the general level; Intel and Electric Power Research Institute at the corresponding level; Enviro Energy Partners and FSP—Powerland Technology at the supporting level; and the Connected Vehicle Trade Association at the liaison level.

The Alliance has also appointed new advisory council members, including Anthony Brower, Gensler; Brian Fortenberry, EPRI; Bill Tschudi, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Konstantinos Papamichael, Ph.D., California Lighting Technology Center, University of California, Davis; Nana Wilberforce, The PNC Financial Services Group; and Kurt Yeager, The Galvin Electricity Initiative.

According to Alliance Chairman Brian Patterson, the EMerge platform can offer significant energy savings to a broad range of commercial facilities, with some of the greatest opportunities in offices and high-tech buildings.

“The completion of our first 24-volt DC standard for interior spaces has established a foundation and roadmap for specification of DC-based systems in other settings,” said Patterson. “We’re moving forward with the next phase of our plan, which will help make DC power distribution a reality in data centers and, ultimately, for entire buildings.”

The EMerge Alliance is an open industry association leading the rapid adoption of safe DC power distribution in commercial buildings through the development of EMerge Alliance standards. These standards integrate interior infrastructures, power, controls and devices in a common microgrid platform to facilitate the hybrid use of AC and DC power throughout buildings for unprecedented design and space flexibility, greater energy efficiency and improved sustainability.

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