SOURCE: ZBB Energy Corporation

ZBB Energy Corporation

May 13, 2013 08:30 ET

ZBB Commissions Installation to Provide Uninterrupted Power to DC Loads at (VISA) Data Processing Center

ZBB Collaborates With Universal Electric Corporation to Deliver the World's First Chip2Grid™ DC Voltage Solution for Commercial Buildings With Integrated Renewables

MILWAUKEE, WI--(Marketwired - May 13, 2013) - ZBB Energy Corporation (NYSE MKT: ZBB), the leading developer of intelligent, renewable energy power platforms and hybrid vehicle control systems, today announced the successful commissioning of a "first-in-world" multi generation source ZBB EnerSystem™ that provides uninterrupted power to DC voltage lighting loads, rack power to servers and other miscellaneous loads at (VISA's flagship) data center.

The commissioning was completed in collaboration with Universal Electric Corporation's Starline DC Solutions group. Universal, an industry innovator for more than 85 years, is a leader in customizable AC and DC power distribution solutions. Their Starline DC solutions group provides direct current power delivery systems designed for mission critical sites. Starlines' 380v DC computer infrastructure yields a 200% increase in reliability, a capital expenditure reduction of up to 35%, floor space reduction of up to 33%, and a decrease in operating expenses of up to 35%, including up to 15% energy savings as compared to conventional AC powering solutions.

The system includes the ZBB EnerStore™ flow battery and ZBB EnerSection™ power and control center with photovoltaic (PV), wind inputs and on-demand grid power in conjunction with a fixed 380v DC output for continuous power to the served 380v DC loads. The installation will demonstrate the numerous economic, operational, strategic and environmental value streams accomplished by prioritizing and optimizing renewables in unison with and without the grid at data center locations.

Chip-to-Grid™ design begins with evaluation of power requirements of the chips, which are the building blocks of every server in a data center. Inherently this starts with the need for direct current. To meet this need, the power supply industry has now standardized on approximately 380v DC. The data center, which was historically considered a relatively stable load for the utility, is now shifting to a variable power requirement that follows the amount of work being done.

"The integration of ZBB's products is 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.

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. For this lab trial located at a VISA site, PV, wind and the utility will be used to power IT loads and other 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 convergence of industry standard 380v DC distribution and the ZBB Enersystem platform represents the future of distributed power integration for critical systems. We believe this is the most eloquent way to have seamless management of renewable energy, grid power and energy storage. The same operating philosophy stretches across data center, hospital and cable TV infrastructure markets," said Eric Apfelbach, ZBB Energy President and CEO.

About Universal Electric Corp

Universal Electric Corp. of Canonsburg, PA (UEC, Pittsburgh) has created the new division to provide a complete, turn-key system for safe and reliable use of 380v DC in data center applications. 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 is part of a natural progression to revolutionize electrical power distribution in data centers, industrial manufacturing facilities, retail chains and grocery stores worldwide. For more information, visit:

About ZBB Energy Corporation

ZBB Energy Corporation (NYSE MKT: ZBB) designs, develops, and manufactures advanced energy storage, power electronic systems, and engineered custom and semi-custom products 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 integrated power management platforms that combine advanced power and energy controls plus energy storage to optimize renewable energy sources and conventional power inputs whether connected to the grid or not. 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. Founded in 1986, ZBB's platforms ensure optimal efficiencies today, while offering the flexibility to adapt and scale to future requirements. ZBB's corporate offices and production facilities are located in Menomonee Falls, WI, USA with offices also located in Perth, Western Australia. For more information, visit:

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