NextHome, a connected smart home with a direct current (DC) power distribution system, operates as a “living lab” within NextEnergy’s testing and validation platforms. The DC power distribution system allows companies to test and demonstrate next generation energy technologies in a real world environment without conversion from alternating current (AC) to DC at the point of use. This includes, LED lighting, HVAC, appliances, consumer electronics, renewable energy, energy storage, energy management systems, open source communication systems, and electric vehicles.

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Energy Dashboard
The NextHome living lab allows companies to develop energy dashboards that provide real-time data and interact with the DC distribution system. Click to read more.
Energy-StorageEnergy Storage
The battery bank will store energy from either renewable sources or from the grid. NextHome plans to use energy storage both in the house and from an electric vehicle as a comprehensive energy storage solution. Click to read more.
Windows
Energy efficient windows at NextHome will place companies in a position where their product is part of the larger DC distribution system and distributed generation value proposition. Click to read more.
appliancesAppliances
DC appliances operate more efficiently compared to their AC counterparts reducing overall energy demand. They are also less expensive to manufacture due to fewer components. Click to read more.
appliancesAppliances
DC appliances operate more efficiently compared to their AC counterparts reducing overall energy demand. They are also less expensive to manufacture due to fewer components. Click to read more.
lighting DC Lighting
LED lights are DC based and integrate seamlessly with the DC distribution system, PV panels, energy storage, and the electric vehicle. This supplies DC power to NextHome and saves efficiency losses throughout the system. Click to read more.
Heating and Cooling
NextHome provides an opportunity to test multiple new solutions for furnaces, floor heating, and water heating by leveraging the DC distribution system. Click to read more.
dc-01DC Distribution System
A DC wiring system exists at the core of the house and eliminates conversion losses that typically occur when switching from AC to DC.
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Photovoltaic
A photovoltaic system will be placed on the car port and roof of NextHome to supply on-site solar generation that provides DC power directly to the home. Click to read more.
Electric Vehicle
Electric vehicle bi-directional charging lets the car to charge from the grid or from renewables, supplying power back to the house and serving as battery backup. Click to read more.
Photovoltaic
A photovoltaic system will be placed on the car port and roof of NextHome to supply on-site solar generation that provides DC power directly to the home. Click to read more.