Researchers Gabe Arnold and Grace Pennell from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory recently released a white paper titled DC Lighting and Building Microgrids: Opportunities and Recommendations. They conduct an excellent review of the advantages of DC-power (which closely mirrors my … Continue reading PNNL report on DC-powered lighting and microgrids
If you’re interested in net-zero energy solutions for commercial or retail facilities, you should consider DC power as the next step. Check out this nicely produced video of my conference presentation and Q&A session at the ISE Smart Building Conference, … Continue reading SBC 2020: The DC-Powered Building – conference video
Nowatt Lighting is a French startup focusing on off-grid, solar-powered light fixtures. Nowatt has built intelligence into their products that seems to go beyond most “dumb” solar-powered lights, with multi-channel LED engines and app-based control including parametric-based scenarios that can … Continue reading nowatt lighting
LumaNext is a New Jersey-based seed-stage startup that is launching a “smart-power” system for managing a standalone DC-based power grid in applications such as retail shops. LumaNext is developing an intelligent “power router” that can manage DC input/output loads from … Continue reading lumanext
LuminAID is a solar powered, inflatable light source intended for emergency aid and humanitarian relief developed by two architecture students. From their website: The LuminAID solar light was designed to fulfill the basic need for light in post-natural disaster situations … Continue reading luminaid
While Howard Brandston makes a fool of himself demanding his “moral choice” to use 19th-century lighting technology, impoverished villagers in South America, India, and elsewhere are upgrading their entire standard of living by skipping from 17th-century oil lamps to 21st-century solar-LED systems.
GreenPIX is a landmark installation completed for the 2008 Beijing Olympics by Simone Giostra & Partners and Arup. It is a self contained, completely off-the-grid, low-resolution-video architectural surface. It is a unique hybrid, with solar cells integrated into the front of glass panels that are rear-illuminated with individual LED pixels.