Wasted Energy in AC/DC Conversions Calls for Innovation, R&D

| by Monica Irgens
Wasted Energy in AC/DC Conversions Calls for Innovation, R&D

Today commercial buildings use between 33-50% of all AC electricity produced and distributed by public utilities in the United States. These same buildings also use a majority of digital electronic devices that are inherently DC powered. 

This means that more AC power must be converted to DC at the device level to power equipment like electronic lighting ballasts, solid state lighting such as LEDs, lighting sensors and controls, speed controlled drive system and myriad variety of computer/IT/telecom equipment. New technologies, such as STEP Warmfloor’s efficient polymer nanotechnology, are now also available in DC options in heating systems.

The increasing amount of native DC power generated from renewable energy sources like solar or wind must also be converted to AC electricity to be compatible with existing AC distribution methods. These conversions, in both directions, result in significant losses of electricity and associated wasted energy. They also add to the complexity and reduced reliability of the overall electrical system.

Efforts to create a Smart Grid need "smarter buildings" that can minimize these conversion losses, improve a product's reliability and reduce the overall load on our world's energy resources.

For more information visit the STEP Warmfloor website.

This blog was developed by STEP Warmfloor. All posts, sponsored and un-sponsored have been reviewed and approved by the Sustainable Community Media Editorial Team to ensure quality, relevance/usefulness and objectivity.

Topics: Heating & Cooling, Radiant Heat

Companies: STEP Warmfloor

Monica Irgens

Monica is President of Electro Plastics, Inc., manufacturer of STEP Warmfloor® heating systems: a patented, low-voltage, self-regulating flat and thin heater. Monica has been in the radiant heating industry for over 20 years. She was member of the Radiant Panel Association for 15 years, served on the RPA Board of Directors as chairperson of the Electric Committee and the Green Committee. Monica is also a member of the USGBC and has been involved in the design of LEED registered buildings.

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