EMerge Alliance Expands Leadership to Position for Growth

San Ramon, California (EastBayDaily) — The EMerge Alliance, an open industry association leading the rapid adoption of safe direct-current (DC) power distribution standards for buildings and homes – today announced its board of directors has appointed Nextek Power Systems CEO Paul Savage to fill the position of chairman, while Brian Patterson transitions into a new role as the Alliance’s president.

“Growing our leadership team is an important step toward making DC microgrids a reality for buildings all over the world,” Patterson said. “We’re set to expand rapidly, and I can’t think of a better person than Paul to provide strategic direction as chairman.”

As a Founding Governing Member of the Alliance, Savage has been actively involved in the growth and development of the Alliance and its standards since its beginning. He has served on the board since 2008 and has contributed to its strategic direction as a board officer. He has been particularly active as the board’s liaison to key government, academic and industry organizations that are actively collaborating with the Alliance.

“We have a lot of work in front of us as we continue to lead the transformation of electrical power systems to revolutionary digital energy networks that are safer, more flexible and less costly to control,” Savage said. “Brian’s passion and technical expertise have played an instrumental role in the Alliance’s success, and he will be able to make an even greater impact on our progress by providing operational leadership as president.

“Establishing new relationships with end users and other key stakeholders will be high on our agenda for the balance of 2014,” Savage added.

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 the integration of DC microgrids throughout whole buildings and the Task Level/Furnishings Standard will define DC power use at the desktop. Moving forward, the Alliance recently announced the beginning of work on standards for residential buildings and plans to continue its vision by developing standards for building services, such as HVAC, and standards for outdoor applications like electric vehicle charging in the near future.

About the EMerge Alliance The EMerge Alliance is a nonprofit, open industry association leading the rapid adoption of safe DC power distribution 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 of all types for unprecedented design and space flexibility, greater energy efficiency and improved power system resiliency and sustainability. For more information, please visit http://www.EMergeAlliance.org.

Contact: Christi Chesner for EMerge Alliance 214-635-3023 media(at)EMergeAlliance(dot)org


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