EMerge Alliance Completes New Data/Telecom Center Standard at Greenbuild 2012

  EMerge Alliance Completes New Data/Telecom Center Standard at Greenbuild

    New standard continues to open doors for DC power and net-zero-energy

Greenbuild 2012

Business Wire

SAN FRANCISCO -- November 13, 2012

The EMerge Alliance – an open industry association leading the rapid adoption
of safe direct-current (DC) power distribution standards for commercial
buildings – today announced the completion of the EMerge Alliance Data/Telecom
Center Standard at Greenbuild 2012.

The EMerge Alliance Data/Telecom Standard creates an integrated, open platform
for power, infrastructure, peripheral device and control applications to
facilitate the hybrid use of AC and DC power within data centers and
telecommunications central offices. This change in power distribution
architecture involves making a single conversion of the incoming line of AC
voltage to 380VDC, and then distributing it directly to rack-mounted ICT
equipment, simplifying the otherwise unnecessarily complex power management
provisions generally used in today’s AC-powered data centers.

According to Dennis Symanski, senior project manager at the Electric Power
Research Institute (EPRI) and chair of the Alliance’s technical standard
committee for data and telecommunications centers, using DC power distribution
in data centers significantly improves reliability and reduces equipment and
operating costs.

“The benefits are clear. By requiring fewer components and conversions than
their AC counterparts, DC power systems in data centers suffer fewer heat
related failures and require less space, energy, and maintenance to operate,”
said Symanski. “DC power collection and distribution systems also simplify the
use of locally generated power, providing an effective integration of on-site
energy generation and storage with direct delivery of controlled power.”

A demonstration of the EMerge Alliance Data/Telecom Center Standard will be on
display at the EMerge Alliance’s booth #2015S at Greenbuild. Products
illustrating components of data centers and the benefits of using DC power in
data centers will be demonstrated, including: ABB circuit protection, APP
connectors, Delta rack power distribution units, Emerson Network Power
NetSure™ 4015 400VDC Power System, Hubbell connectors, NEI 380VDC server and
Starline DC Solutions overhead track power systems. The display will also
highlight a server demonstration from Intel, providing a side-by-side look at
the benefits of using DC versus AC power.

“The EMerge Alliance Data/Telecom Standard was designed to integrate with our
other standards to form a family of area-specific DC microgrids that, when
interconnected, create a resilient and versatile building or campus energy
network,” said Alliance Chairman Brian Patterson. “DC power is a key component
in net-zero-energy buildings, and our growing organization of more than 100
members continues to make progress with standards for the occupied space, data
and telecommunications centers, building services, and outdoor applications to
achieve our vision for improved energy efficiency, flexibility and
sustainability throughout buildings.”

The Alliance’s Greenbuild booth will present all four areas of the EMerge
Alliance vision for DC power distribution. In addition to the data center
display, visitors can see a working demonstration of several EMerge Alliance
Registered products built using the EMerge Alliance Occupied Space Standard,
including: Acuity Lithonia Lighting TLED and VTLED fixtures, Armstrong World
Industries DC FlexZone ceiling grid, Cooper Metalux Ovation 2RDI fixture,
JLC-Tech LLC T-BAR LED Smartlight™, Nextek Power Systems power supply module,
RLC22 LED 2’x2’ Luminaire from OSRAM SYLVANIA, Philips Lightolier Calculite
downlights, ROAL Electronics safe energy server and TE Connectivity LVDC
cables. The display will also feature an ENCELIUM™ demonstration of a lighting
control system accessible iPad by OSRAM SYLVANIA.

A total of 21 of EMerge Alliance members will be exhibiting at Greenbuild in
San Francisco, including:

  *ABB - 2401S
  *Armstrong Ceiling Systems - 3969N
  *Acuity Brands, Inc. - 2121S
  *BACnet International - 326S
  *Cooper Industries - 1437S
  *Crestron Electronics, Inc. - 907S
  *Delta Products Corp. - 5316W
  *EnOcean Alliance, Inc. - 207S
  *GE Lighting - 2301S
  *Hubbell Building Automation - 3779S
  *JLC-Tech LLC - 4186N
  *Johnson Controls - 4161N
  *Passive House Institute US – T21
  *Philips Lighting - 3675N
  *Project Frog, Inc. - 1807S
  *Southern California Edison - 1533S
  *Turner Construction - 1427S
  *Underwriters Laboratories Inc. - 4263N
  *USAI Lighting - 2230S
  *Webcor Builders - 5301W

The EMerge Alliance’s Growing Standards Portfolio

The EMerge Alliance continues to work toward completing new DC power standards
to achieve net-zero-energy buildings. The EMerge Alliance Occupied Space
Standard creates an integrated, open platform for power, interior
infrastructures, controls and a wide variety of peripheral devices to
facilitate the hybrid use of AC and DC power within commercial buildings. The
EMerge Alliance Data/Telecom Center Standard provides a practical guide for
the hybrid use of DC power in data centers, offering improved reliability and
efficiency, smaller footprint, and lower capital and installation costs.
Currently in development, the Campus Microgrid Standard will focus on
establishing a standard for the integration of DC microgrids throughout whole
buildings and the Task Level/Furnishings Standard will connect DC power to
desktop technologies and applications. Moving forward, the Alliance will
continue its vision by developing future standards for building services, such
as HVAC, and outdoor applications, such as electric vehicle charging.

About the EMerge Alliance

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 innovative 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. The nonprofit Alliance is accepting new members at
various levels. For more information, please visit www.EMergeAlliance.org.


for EMerge Alliance
Christi Chesner, 214-635-3023
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