Group Seeks to Bring DC Power to Homes
The EMerge Alliance is in the beginning stages of creating a direct-current power standard to help homeowners save energy.
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. 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—by creating guidelines for how to integrate DC with existing AC systems.
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Published December 30, 2013