Heat emanating from localized devices, like laptop chargers, decreases energy efficiency, thereby increasing energy costs. By centralizing power infrastructure to increase efficiency, Detroit-based Nextek Power Systems (Nextek) has reduced installation and controls costs, as well as reduced energy costs by up to 75 percent. Nextek is a leader in the development of touch-safe low voltage power systems that eliminate the risk of shock and allow unprecedented office reconfigurability. Additionally, the company’s occupancy and daylight sensors can automatically dim lights to provide ideal ambience while conserving energy.
Since becoming a lab partner at the NextEnergy Center in 2005, Nextek has grown from 2 employees to over 20. NextEnergy has helped commercialize Nextek technologies through a variety of services, including: partnerships and matchmaking; access to funding; research, development, and demonstration opportunities; and technology acceleration space. Nextek has tested and validated their daylighting, occupancy sensing, and diming controls using the direct current microgrid at the NextEnergy Center. This technology validation allowed Nextek to further develop and demonstrate scalable, direct current powered lighting systems at the Chrysler House in downtown Detroit. Additionally, Nextek provided the electrical design for NextEnergy’s smart home in partnership with Emerge Alliance and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.