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LBNL and Department of Energy to Host Webinar on DC-Power

November 01, 2011 by Jeff Shepard

Lawrence Berkeley National laboratory (LBNL) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) will host "Direct-DC Power Systems for Efficiency and Renewable Energy Integration," an on-line meeting Thursday, November 3rd from 1:00 to 3:00 pm Eastern time. Speakers will include, Chris Marnay, Staff Scientist with LBNL, Vagelis Vossos, Senior Research Associate with LBNL and Paul H. Savage, CEO of Nextek Power Systems and EMerge Alliance Co-Founder.

To be chaired by Karina Garbesi, Professor with California State University, East Bay, this webinar will examine the viability of using direct current (DC) generated by on-site renewable energy (RE) systems directly in its DC form to supply DC loads in residential and small commercial buildings – referred to here as ’direct-DC’– instead of converting the DC to alternating current (AC) for distribution to the load, as is the current dominant practice.

Three speakers will address the following issues: (1) The Role of DC in the Future Building Electric Power System, presented by Chris Marnay (2) The Energy Savings Potential of Direct DC presented by Vagelis Vossos, and (3) DC Power Standards and the Emerging Market presented by Paul Savage.

The webinar is geared toward the following audiences: building industry professionals involved in manufacturing and installing equipment that uses electricity in buildings, especially those involved in appliances, electronic lighting, and DC motors; energy and IT managers in critical facilities and data centers.

Registration is available here.

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