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IEEE and EMerge Alliance Sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to Allow Collaboration in Hybrid AC/DC Microgrid Power Standardization

Organizations working to advance globally open development of hybrid AC/DC power standards for improving energy efficiency and sustainability around the world

IEEE Standards Association
Shuang Yu, Director, Global Standards Solutions & Content Marketing
+1 732-981-3424; shuang.yu@ieee.org

Jeff Pane, Solutions Marketing Specialist
+1 732-465-6605; j.pane@ieee.org

EMerge Alliance
Beth Murphy, Membership and Program Support Manager
+1 717-612-2863; bmurphy@emergealliance.org

PISCATAWAY, N.J., and SAN RAMON, Calif., USA, 10 December 2015 – IEEE, the world's largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, and the EMerge Alliance, an open industry association developing standards leading to the rapid adoption of hybrid AC/DC microgrid power distribution in buildings, today announced that the two organizations have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). The agreement between the EMerge Alliance and IEEE allows for several areas of collaboration between the two organizations, such as exploring IEEE adoption of EMerge Alliance standards, joint standards-development and product-registration activities, creation of a global standards roadmap for hybrid AC/DC technologies and mutual publication of each organization’s activities.

“The EMerge Alliance is predicated on the notion that hybrid use of AC and DC power throughout buildings for unprecedented flexibility, energy efficiency, improved sustainability and resiliency needs open DC global standards to bring about these benefits,” said Brian Patterson, president of the EMerge Alliance. “IEEE shares this vision and hosts a number of complementary activities. This MoU will strengthen the presence and impact of both organizations in bringing about the revolutionary benefits that next-generation DC building microgrid solutions and grid modernization promise.”

Buildings of all types today consume a significant percentage of electricity produced by public utilities, but they are increasingly home to electronic devices that are inherently DC powered. Therefore, most AC power must be converted to DC at the device level. The increasing amount of native DC power generated from renewable energy sources like solar or wind must also be converted to AC electricity just to be compatible with existing AC systems. These conversions, in both directions, result in significant losses of electricity and associated wasted energy, as well as additional complexity and reduced reliability in the overall electrical system. The EMerge Alliance is working to promote and facilitate the integration of on-site DC power sources, such as solar photovoltaics, battery storage and other renewable and alternative sources to help create net-zero-energy buildings.

IEEE standards support global rollout of the smart grid and its benefits of greater consumer empowerment, lessened environmental impact and more reliable and secure energy exchange. IEEE has more than 100 standards and standards in development relevant to smart grid, from the diverse fields of digital information and controls technology, networking, security, reliability, assessment, interconnection of distributed resources including renewable energy sources to the grid, sensors, electric metering, broadband over power line and systems engineering. Both organizations recognize the opportunity for these standards to help implement the Internet of Things (IoT) and to bring energy access to un-served communities around the world.

“The EMerge Alliance is a recognized global leader in DC applications, and we are excited about the opportunities for synergistic activities that this MoU creates,” said Konstantinos Karachalios, managing director, IEEE-SA. “Through smart grid, renewable and micro-grid applications, DC can offset efficiency issues for utilities and enable rapid cost-efficient, reliable electricity for communities without access to the grid. Global standards development and adoption are essential in the vision to cost-effectively creating a more flexible, intelligent and robust facility for delivering electricity around the world.”

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About the EMerge Alliance
The EMerge Alliance is a nonprofit, open network of more than 100 organizations reinventing electric power through the development of forward-thinking standards for the highly efficient use of hybrid AC/DC power in buildings. These standards focus on delivering DC power directly to digital electronics and power storage systems, simplifying the use of locally produced clean energy and making systems more flexible, resilient and sustainable. The EMerge Alliance Registered product program is the industry’s only program designed to simplify the use and adoption of DC power products. Learn more at EMergeAlliance.org.

About the IEEE Standards Association
The IEEE Standards Association, a globally recognized standards-setting body within IEEE, develops consensus standards through an open process that engages industry and brings together a broad stakeholder community. IEEE standards set specifications and best practices based on current scientific and technological knowledge. The IEEE-SA has a portfolio of over 1,100 active standards and more than 500 standards under development. For more information visit the IEEE-SA Web site.

About IEEE
IEEE, a large, global technical professional organization, is dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities, IEEE is the trusted voice on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. Learn more at the IEEE Web site external link.