Directly Coupled(r) Direct Current Microgrids

P. Savage, J. Daudert
Nextek Power Systems, US

Keywords: SMART grid, microgrid, energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy storage, LED

Summary:

Nextek is a pioneer in direct current (DC) power networks for buildings. The Nextek Direct Coupling® power distribution platform delivers superior efficiency, flexibility, and reliability to interior electrical circuits and on-site power generation. DC Systems; Lower overall power consumption, boost on-site power generation efficiency, improve use of on-site stored power and adapt to changing interiors at zero cost. Nextek currently has over 30 issued patents and over 50 installations in the US and around the world. Nextek promotes the establishment of a DC power standard with global leaders in building products, lighting, and controls as a founding member of the Emerge Alliance®. Nextek is contracted by the US Department of Energy and the Department of Defense to deliver Direct Coupling® DC power innovations for Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems and Vehicle to Grid systems. Nextek collaborates with the Electrical Power Research Institute, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and Sandia National Lab on DC Power projects.