DC Building Tours Offered

November 11, 2009 by Jeff Shepard

Following the final paper at the First Annual DC Building Power Japan conference (DCBPJ ’09) to be held December 7 & 8 in Tokyo, a hosted lunch will be served and then all delegates will board buses for a unique opportunity to tour an operating dc-powered building. Japan is one of the countries leading in the development of dc power technologies for buildings, with new dc-powered facilities being opened monthly. This will be a chance to see for your self an actual commercial installation and learn first-hand about the challenges, progress and opportunities for using dc power distribution in facilities.

"We are excited to be able to offer this tour. It will be the first time that an operating dc-powered facility will be open to the public," stated Jeff Shepard, President of Darnell Group. "The use of dc distribution can complement other trends in building power including the growth of ’green’ energy sources, use of wireless building automation systems, demand side management, the implementation of high-efficiency lighting, and more. And it can reduce construction and operating costs, improve flexibility and enhance sustainability. This will be a unique international meeting in Tokyo with speakers from around the Asia-Pacific region, English as the official conference language and simultaneous translation services,"

Among the international roster of speakers will be representatives from NTT Facilities, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Panasonic Electric, Eltek-Valere, Emerson Network Power, Nextek Power Systems, Fujitsu Components, Tottori Gas Co., TDK-Lambda, NTT Energy and Environmental Systems Laboratory, Power Standards Lab, and Anderson Power Products. In addition, several important universities and research programs will be represented including the Elegant Power Application Research Center (EPARC) from the National Chung Cheng University, Aichi University of Technology, Osaka University, Nagoya University, Nagasaki University, University of Tokyo and Osaka Institute of Technology.

DC Building Power Japan ’09 will consider all aspects of building power including high-voltage and low-voltage dc distribution, hybrid ac and dc distribution architectures, and dc microgrids. Examples of the topics to be addressed at DCBPJ ’09 include: Selection of the optimal dc distribution voltage; Integration of distributed generation resources; DC lighting systems; DC HVAC and other building systems; DC appliances; Building automation and controls; DC microgrids; Combined heat and power; Advanced components and hardware; Safety considerations; Standardization issues; Hybrid ac and dc power distribution architectures; Implementation of demand-side management; Implications for power quality; and more.

In addition to the extensive technical content, delegates will enjoy extended networking opportunities including a hosted lunch in the Exhibit Hall as well as a Welcome Reception, also in the Exhibit Hall.

DCBPJ ’09 will offer delegates an optional tour of an operating DC-Powered facility. The first ever joint meeting of the EPRI DC Power Partners group and the Japan DC-Power Industrial Partners group will be hosted during DCBPJ ’09.

DC Building Power Japan is a sister-event with Darnell’s Green Building Power Forum (GBPF). The Second-Annual GBPF will be hosted January 25-27, 2010, in Anaheim, California, USA.

The DCBPJ ’09 web site is here .