Commercial buildings consume roughly half of our nation’s energy and native DC equipment (LED lights, mechanical components, etc.) comprises over 50 percent of a building’s total energy load. The Department of Energy projects that over 80 percent of energy will flow through electronics converters by 2030.
That hot bulky thing on your laptops power cord is an electronics converter, changing alternating current from the grid to direct current. The heat is energy lost from the conversion. Removing the need for this conversion reduces the energy consumed. Microgrids present an opportunity to save energy, money and greenhouse gases generated from our electrical grid.