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Group Seeks to Bring DC Power to Homes

EMerge Alliance has expanded its efforts to advance direct-current (DC) power distribution by launching a new initiative to develop a residential standard.

December 30, 2013

The EMerge Alliance is in the beginning stages of creating a direct-current power standard to help homeowners save energy.

Alternating current (AC) power has to be converted to DC power to charge almost any electric device. By promoting residential DC power distribution, EMerge Alliance aims to help more homeowners prevent those conversion losses.

Photo: Oran Viriyincy. License: CC BY 2.0.
EMerge Alliance has expanded its efforts to advance direct-current (DC) power distribution by launching a new initiative to develop a residential standard.

As the solar market expands and more electronics fill our homes, utilizing DC power could bring increased energy savings and grid independence. Solar panels charge consumer electronics, appliances, LEDs, and electric vehicles more efficiently if they don’t have to convert to AC power. “We have seen the sustainability, flexibility, and reliability advantages that DC power provides to commercial building spaces,” says EMerge Alliance chairman Brian Patterson, “and it’s time to extend these benefits to homes and small businesses.”

The group hopes to develop a residential DC power standard—as it has done for data centers—by creating guidelines for how to integrate DC with existing AC systems.

For more information:

EMerge Alliance

emergealliance.org/

 

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