Through a share swap, Comsys AB, the creator of ADF Power Tuning, has acquired Netpower Labs AB in order to become a full-service supplier for the next-generation power grid. Netpower Lab’s CEO Stefan Lidström will continue as Product Manager within Comsys.
The acquisition of Netpower Labs means that Comsys now will be able to offer a complete toolbox for system integrators to create the next-generation power grid.
“We saw a great fit in Netpower as we move into battery storage, EV and solar applications,” commented Marcus Löfgren, CEO explained about why they made the move to acquire Netpower.
“We were impressed with the breadth of development, as well as the quality of the products from Netpower. 380Vdc enables extreme power savings while eliminating many power quality issues such as unbalances and THD that we are commonly addressing with our current ADF technology,” Marcus Löfgren observed.
The data center industry is an extreme power consumer growing constantly, which currently consumes 3% of global power according to The Independent. With power savings in the 15 to 30 percent range it is extremely profitable to implement 380Vdc in new projects, saving power and the environment.
Data center power losses are becoming a more urgent problem going forward as virtualization and Moor’s law are behind us. Data will cost significantly more, in terms of power, thus requiring efficient solutions.
“The power grid is changing fast as renewables and EV-mobility are adopted at an exponential rate. The development puts great strain on the power infrastructure,” Löfgren continued.
“The combined solutions of Comsys and Netpower Labs enable highly-efficient solutions for microgrids, peak shaving, grid stabilization, as well as integrated solar, so-called dc-charging,” concluded Löfgren.
Telecom is moving toward the next generation mobile networks, 5G, that will require new types of power feed where Netpower has ready solutions for base stations in buildings and blocks.
“We saw a big opportunity in using Comsys’ network to reach out with our dc-current solution,” observed Stefan Lidström.
“DC power is in many circumstances simpler and more robust than ac power and 380Vdc can be used directly in today’s products for LED lights, computers, battery storage, solar and EV chargers. Together with Comsys’ know-how in ac applications and their global partner network we will be able to place large commercial installations,” concluded Lidström.
Comsys will use its global ADF Partner Network to offer Netpower’s DC solutions worldwide.