Universal Electric’s Starline DC Solutions and the EMerge Alliance are at the center of the initiative to bring 380V direct current (dc) power to data centers and commercial buildings. On November 12, colocation provider Steel ORCA will host an open house at its facility in Monmouth, NJ, which will include a 380V dc Interactive Showcase (380V dc IS@SO) as one of the highlights. The showcase features Chip2Grid™ technology from Starline DC Solutions, the first UL listed commercial-scale 380V dc power system from Emerson Network Power, 380V dc powered IT equipment from Lenovo, Hewlett Packard, and UNICOM Global, and is recognized by the EMerge Alliance.

“The direct current implemented at Steel ORCA is actually a hybrid ac/dc solution designed to enable direct current technologies to evolve,” said Dennis Cronin, Steel ORCA COO, Mission Critical columnist, and co-founder of the 7x24 Exchange. “This evolution can help data centers meet their two primary objectives of increasing reliability and decreasing operating costs.”

On November 12, Starline DC Solutions Engineering Director David E. Geary, PE will also address the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) about the incentives 380V dc can provide utilities to attract technology companies to their markets, as well as the incentives 380V dc can provide companies that are looking to upgrade their technology to more energy efficient solutions, such as converged infrastructure.

On November 17, Starline DC Solutions Director Tim Martinson will speak at the University of Pittsburgh’s ninth annual Electric Power Industry Conference to update attendees on the impact dc power has on data center architectures. A distinguished panel will then discuss how ac and dc microgrids are changing the way we will use power now and into the future. http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/epic/

For further information about the November 12 open house at Steel ORCA, please visit the event website at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-data-environments-nowfor-the-future-registration-13731981727.