The EMerge Alliance – an open industry association leading the rapid adoption of safe direct-current (DC) power distribution standards for buildings – today announced the expansion of the EMerge Alliance Registered™ product program to include the first products supporting the EMerge Alliance Data/Telecom Center Standard.

The EMerge Alliance Registered product program is the industry’s only program designed to simplify the use and adoption of DC power products that deliver numerous benefits enabling net-zero energy buildings. The EMerge Alliance Data/Telecom Center Standard creates an integrated, open platform for power, infrastructure, and peripheral device and control applications to facilitate the hybrid use of alternating-current (AC) and DC power within data centers and telecommunications central offices. The first series of qualifying products to have been evaluated and Registered against this new data center standard include:

  • Anderson Power Products – Saf-D-Grid® DC power connectors
  • Emerson Network Power-Energy Systems – NetSure™ 4015 30kW 400V DC power systems
  • GVA Lighting, Inc. – Highlighter™ HL-DL modular LED lighting systems
  • Nextek Power Systems – Fluorescent Ballasts, T8 32W 6-lamp
  • Universal Electric-Starline DC Solutions – STARLINE track busway systems

According to EMerge Alliance Chairman Brian Patterson, evaluating and registering products to Emerge Alliance standards is the key to making it easy for building owners and managers to implement innovative DC power products that improve energy efficiency, flexibility, reliability, and sustainability, and reduce the total cost of ownership. “A significant milestone for the Alliance, these first Registered products will begin to make the consistent and safe delivery of 380VDC power distribution in data centers possible,” Patterson said. “Now, owners and specifiers can start to confidently access the products they need to build more efficient, reliable and cost-effective power systems for their mission critical data centers.”

By requiring fewer components and power conversions than their AC counterparts, DC power systems in data centers suffer fewer failures and require less space, energy and maintenance to operate. These systems also simplify the use of locally generated power, providing an effective integration of directly connected on-site generation and storage in any type of building environment.