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EMerge Alliance board welcomes Philips

February 27, 2012 - The EMerge Alliance, an open industry association promoting the adoption of direct-current (DC) power distribution standards for commercial buildings, has announced Philips is upgrading its membership from participating member to governing member, and is now a member of the board of directors.


February 27, 2012
By Alyssa Dalton

This is the first expansion of the board since the alliance was founded in 2008.

A global player in lighting, healthcare and lifestyle, Philips says it is committed to driving the global shift toward energy-efficient solutions, a vision tied closely to the EMerge Alliance and its mission to foster more sustainable buildings by bringing hybrid AC-DC power architectures and DC microgrid applications to the market.

“Since joining in 2009, Philips has actively contributed to the organization at the Participating level, which consists of key suppliers of products and technologies that comply with EMerge Alliance standards,” said Emerge Alliance.

According to Steve Oh, vice president and research and development manager at Philips Lighting North America, the company sees benefits in its strengthened role in the alliance’s standards oversight and geographic market expansion activities.

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“Philips’ business model embraces innovation, sustainability and standardization, and the EMerge Alliance is leading the forward looking DC microgrid power movement,” said Oh. “As a board member, Philips can make a greater impact on the alliance standards and also help expand the reach of the alliance beyond North America into the EU, Asia and the rest of the world.”

Philips joins alliance founders Armstrong Ceiling Systems, Johnson Controls, Nextek Power Systems, Osram Sylvania and WAVE (Worthington Armstrong Venture) on the board.

“Adding Philips to the EMerge Alliance board will expand our reach and allow us to begin connecting with new geographic regions,” said Alliance chairman Brian Patterson. “Philips’ standard development and technical expertise, along with its strong global market position will provide us with great insight and promotional support around the world. These are key contributions essential for any organization focused on creating meaningful transformative change to improve commercial building energy efficiency, sustainability and flexibility.”