29 Sep '16, 12am

Working on the dc Project at The Alliance Center (USGBC Colorado)

Working on the dc Project at The Alliance Center (USGBC Colorado)

As designers, we often implement tried-and-true designs and systems—but we can experiment, too. That’s part of the thrill of working on the dc Project at The Alliance Center in Denver, Colorado. The dc Project is an innovative initiative to create a more sustainable, resilient Alliance Center by designing and installing the first-of-its-kind, direct current (DC), solar-powered microgrid in an existing building. What this means is we’re converting as much of the building’s equipment as possible to DC and powering it through a rooftop solar array (which, of course, captures energy in DC form) and adding battery storage so the building can have DC power in reserve even if there’s an outage on the grid. We’re increasing the building’s energy efficiency by eliminating conversion losses between alternating current (AC) and DC, as well as reducing the excessive transmission losse...

Full article: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/working-dc-project-alliance...

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