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Cisco Systems Inc. Joins Emerge Alliance Governing Board

For Immediate Release
3 May 2023
– The EMerge Alliance Governing Board announced that Cisco Systems Inc., a long-time Participating member of EMerge Alliance, had successfully petitioned and been confirmed as the newest Board member.

“Cisco’s increasing involvement in the electrical side of today’s rapidly advancing wave of power system digitalization makes them a natural to help lead the rapid adoption of safe, resilient, economical, and sustainable DC and hybrid AC/DC distributed energy microgrid power systems for buildings, enterprises, neighborhoods, and communities,” commented EMerge Alliance Chairman and Co-founder, Brian Patterson. Their early work in natively dc-based power over ethernet (PoE) and most recent game-changing work in digital fault-managed DC power (FMP) are essentials in today’s growing shift to dc coupled and digitally managed microgrids with the alternative to deliver ac or dc electricity to new applications like EV charging, electric heat pumps, and advanced 5G communications systems.

IEEE Senior Member and Engineering Fellow at Cisco Systems, Joel Goergen, will head a team of Cisco subject matter experts to help create EMerge Alliance vanguard standards and promote market development of these and other new technologies. “I have been impressed by EMerge Alliance’s laser focus on the greater use of direct current-based technology to facilitate the transformation of electric power infrastructure to be more clean, safe, sustainable, efficient, and resilient, and we at Cisco are proud to have been a part of that work,” said Goergen. He pointed out, “While technologies like FMP rapidly evolve and are embraced by the market, we need to balance safety with optimum performance, which will be the focus of our participation with those members who share a common vision, purpose, and mission.”


About EMerge Alliance

EMerge Alliance is an open-industry, nonprofit association established to promote adopting safe, pure DC and hybrid AC/DC microgrid systems that involve on-site power generation, integration, and distribution. Its mission is to develop vanguard standards for the industry, catalyze market development and educate the industry about the various types of microgrids. Our members represent product manufacturers, architects, building owners and developers, engineering firms, environmental consultants, utilities, government agencies, and related academic and industry groups. Learn more about the organization at or follow on Twitter @EMergeAlliance.

About Cisco Systems Inc.

Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in technology that powers the Internet. Cisco inspires new possibilities by reimagining your applications, securing your data, transforming your infrastructure, and empowering your teams for a global and inclusive future. Discover more on The Newsroom and follow on Twitter @Cisco.