Transition from AC to DC Powered Homes

TUNABOYLU B., Erkmen T., Zaim S., Ciftci F. S.

Global Joint Conference on Industrial Engineering and Its Application Areas (GJCIE), ELECTR NETWORK, 14 - 15 August 2020, pp.349-359 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/978-3-030-76724-2_26
  • Page Numbers: pp.349-359
  • Keywords: Direct current, Alternating current, Analytic hierarchy process, CIRCUITS
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Increasing electronic appliances in residential buildings have caused researchers to study direct current (DC) powered systems in homes. In this paper, we state a scenario that a home with traditional alternating current (AC) powered appliances are replaced with DC devices. The questions which devices can be replaced, how much savings in terms of energy and electric bill is provided, what are economical, technical, social and environmental problems in this AC-DC transition and which system between DC and AC for residential buildings are much preferable based on the AHP method are answered in the presented study. Results show that 74.126-percentage cost saving in the electric bill is provided. However, the problems that nonexistence in some residential DC devices in the market, immaturity of DC system in terms of technical issue, added system costs, less information about DC by experts and related people, and a public bias that DC is unsafe to exist. In this study, based on these defined advantages and disadvantages of DC and AC system, criteria and sub-criteria have been determined for the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) method. By way of AHP, the result that DC system is much preferable than the AC system for residential buildings has been reached.