|[April 02, 2014]
IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Launches Indian Low-Voltage DC (LVDC) Forum to Advance LVDC for Microgrids, Commercial Buildings and Homes
PISCATAWAY, N.J. --(Business Wire)--
IEEE (News - Alert), the world's largest professional organization advancing technology
for humanity, today announced that the IEEE Standards Association
(IEEE-SA) has formed the Indian Low-Voltage DC (LVDC) Forum under the
auspices of the IEEE-SA Industry Connections (IC) program.
"LVDC as a technique has the potential to dramatically reduce demand for
electricity and thereby its consumption," said Mustafa Wajid, chair of
the LVDC Forum. "The resurgence of DC is driven by a multifaceted
technology evolution that combines electrical engineering with power
electronics, control systems, IT and emerging technologies like advanced
LEDs, Brushless DC (BLDC) motors, DC-powered data centers, Power over
Ethernet (PoE) and 100W USB connectors."
At one level, the LVDC Forum will be a thought leadership platform to
effectively engage with policymakers and regulators. At another level,
it will facilitate technology application and demonstration projects to
gain techno-economic information needed to evolve LVDC standards and
catalyze the technology's commercialization. The LVDC Forum focuses on
products, systems and solutions up to 1100V DC.
The activities of the LVDC Forum shall aim to drive the reduction of
electricity demand by a combination of DC-based domestic appliances,
minimizing AC-DC conversions, and judicious application of LVDC power
distribution. Consequent reduction of electricity consumption is
important globally, but is particularly critical in emerging economies
and more so in India.
"LVDC has the potential to transform lives by helping millions of people
gain access to electricity," said Wajid. "The environmental and
sustainability impact of LVDC looms large, as its application could help
significantly accelerate the use of renewable energy. Clearly, the
future of electricity distribution and usage will see a fast-growing
presence of DC working individually or together with AC in multiple
The LVDC Forum is established as an IEEE-SA IC activity and facilitates
the collaborative work of like-minded organizations and individuals who
come together quickly, effectively and economically in an open and
neutral environment to build consensus at strategic points in a
technology's lifecycle. IC activities have the unique opportunity to
leverage IEEE resources in a customized format to produce a variety of
In addition, the forum is currently establishing multiple activity
tracks and associated working groups to evaluate key applications for
LVDC. The activities will address DC in Microgrids, DC in Buildings, DC
in homes and guidelines for indoor LVDC ower distribution. As part of
this initiative, the LVDC Forum has partnered with the India Smart Grid
Forum (ISGF)-a public private partnership of the Ministry of Power
(MoP), Government of India for accelerated development of smart grid
technologies in the Indian power sector. Together, the two organizations
will collaborate to help advance these programs, and share information.
Already, more than 30 global technology manufacturers and suppliers,
research organizations, academic institutions, industry consortia and
government agencies have joined the LVDC Forum. The forum plans to host
its first meeting soon and welcomes involvement from interested
"We encourage all LVDC stakeholders to join the forum to support the
initiative and participate in its working groups," said Sri Chandra,
senior standards manager for IEEE-SA. "We expect that LVDC can play an
essential role in helping governments, industry and societies meet the
rapidly increasing needs for energy, but with more efficient 'green
attributes.' By joining the LVDC Forum, organizations and individuals
can help guide the development of this exciting new industry and
influence the early introduction of LVDC technologies."
The LVDC Forum complements the efforts of two additional IEEE-SA IC
activities that are addressing the growing need for LVDC. These
activities include the "DC in the Home" activity, which is investigating
wiring-related standards needed to facilitate distribution of LVDC to
homes. It also includes the "Systems & Components for Energy Routers"
activity, which is evaluating the practicality and costs of new
interface technologies to connect LVDC-capable homes to the utility
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