Research and Development USB-DC for DC grids 

 Project start/finish: 2016-2018 



From 2015, IT multinationals such as Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft will introduce products in which USB type C is implemented. Electrical companies are lagging behind, USB-C wall sockets are not yet available. USB technology is also DC technology, USB works better in DC networks in homes and offices. There are hardly any, despite recognized benefits. Project partners take this opportunity.



Based on Dutch knowledge and expertise, development and realization of electrical connections for DC networks for electronics, lighting and small-scale consumers, based on DC technology, in accordance with USB-C standards. USB-C offers the possibility to send energy and communication in two directions.


Result of the Research and Development Project

The integration of DC technology and USB-C technology brings a unique USB-DC connection for 350 Volt DC networks, "first-of-its-kind". Direct voltage ensures better energy efficiency, better integration sustainable generation, less use of materials and a lower lifespan than comparable AC products. USB provides worldwide application possibilities, internet from the socket, fast data transfer and communication possibilities. The combination provides controllable and controllable data and energy flows. Not only consumers benefit from this, but also the devices themselves, builders, installers and even network operators and care providers. Existing market demand (utility construction) and introduction of high-end consumer products acts as a huge accelerator during introduction.


Project Partners:

  • ABB B.V. 
  • BAM Engineering
  • Direct Current B.V.
  • University of Applied Sciences The Hague
  • Siemens Nederland N.V. 


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