The Emerge Alliance – an open industry association working on the rapid adoption of low-voltage direct-current (DC) power distribution and use in commercial building interiors, has added 15 more companies to its coalition, thus gaining support of building industry and technology companies in a collaborative effort to bring greater energy efficiency to new and existing facilities.

New members include Anderson Power Products, Ideal industries, Leviton Manufacturing Company, Lunera Lighting, Roal Electronics and Traxon Technologies at the participating level.

It further includes Electri-Cable Assemblies and Universal Lighting Technologies at the general level; ANL Lighting, Donnelly Kerley Builders, Emeral Tech, Integrated Design Associates, Pica Interconnect Solutions and Standard Solar at the supporting level; and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) at the Liaison level.

In addition to broadening its membership base, the alliance has also teamed with the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) at the University of California – Davis, a research and education facility that was created to drive the adoption and commercialization of energy-efficient lighting technologies.

Emerge said that it has joined the CLTC’s public-private partnership as an affiliate to increase engagement with lighting companies and contribute to the mission of improving efficiency and practicality of new technologies, like DC-based LED lighting.

CLTC has also signed on to provide resources to the Alliance in the product registration and evaluation process, which is now open to governing, participating and general members of the alliance.