MILWAUKEE, WI--(Marketwire - Sep 7, 2011) - ZBB Energy Corporation (NYSE Amex: ZBB), the leading developer of intelligent, renewable energy power platforms, today announced collaboration with Universal Electric Corporation to provide uninterrupted power to DC voltage lighting loads, rack power to servers and other miscellaneous loads at a major data center in a trial program. Over the course of the project, the system will include the ZBB EnerStore™ V3 flow battery and a ZBB EnerSection™ power and control center with PV and wind inputs, along with a fixed 380v DC output for continuous power output while tied to the grid. The project is a multi-year demonstration for both internal and external customers at the end user's site to determine what electrical efficiencies, economic benefits and green power assets achieve optimal results.
"The integration of ZBB's products are the key to helping us deliver the world's first Chip2Grid™ DC solution tied to EMerge® DC Building Solutions," said Tim Martinson, Director of Universal Electric Corporation, Starline DC Solutions. Universal Electric Corp., the leader in customizable AC and DC power distribution solutions, has been an industry innovator for more than 85 years. Starline DC Solutions offers a 380v DC computer infrastructure which yields a 200% increase in reliability, energy savings up to 15%, capital expenditures reduction up to 16%, floor space reduction up to 33%, and a decrease in operating expenses up to 35% as compared to conventional AC powering solutions.
Designed to meet what has now become the global standard of 380v DC, Universal Electric Corp. selected the ZBB EnerSystem™ as the preferred solution for an energy lab dedicated to integrate renewables, storage and the grid for mission critical sites. The lab is located in a data center at a major financial institution. PV, wind and the utility will be used to power IT loads and EMerge Solutions. Most renewable energy sources start as a DC voltage source and when connected directly to energy storage units, make for a highly efficient, firm, dispatchable and continuous power source.
"The 'greening' of data centers and the desire for such facilities to achieve LEED certification makes this anew rapid growth market segment for ZBB's products," said Eric Apfelbach, President & CEO of ZBB Energy. "We see this type of distributed storage and integrated power architecture as a complementary vertical market to the commercial building space, and believe that this type of 'smart' DC micro-grid application with telecom and data centers will become a standardized construction approach."
About ZBB Energy Corporation
ZBB Energy Corporation (NYSE Amex: ZBB) provides advanced electrical power management platforms targeted at the growing global need for distributed renewable energy, energy efficiency, power quality, and grid modernization. ZBB and its power electronics subsidiary, Tier Electronics, LLC have developed a portfolio of intelligent power management platforms that directly integrate multiple renewable and conventional onsite generation sources with rechargeable zinc bromide flow batteries and other storage technology. The company also offers advanced systems to directly connect wind and solar equipment to the grid and systems that can form various levels of micro-grids. Tier Electronics participates in the energy efficiency markets through their hybrid vehicle control systems, and power quality markets with their line of regulation solutions. Together, these platforms solve a wide range of electrical system challenges in global markets for utility, governmental, commercial, industrial and residential end customers. A developer and manufacturer of its modular, scalable and environmentally friendly power systems ("ZESS POWR™"), ZBB Energy was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Wisconsin, USA with offices also located in Perth, Western Australia. For more information, visit: http://www.zbbenergy.com
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