How Digital Electricity™ Reduces CAPEX, OPEX, and Improves the Growing Environment

Reduce equipment, labor, and time by 75%

Digital Electricity radically simplifies a farm’s electrical and control infrastructure.

Compared to using traditional power distribution and control products, Digital Electricity only requires around 25% of the equipment, labor, and time required to install traditional AC infrastructure. That’s because Digital Electricity is the world’s only high-voltage power system that is also certified as a Limited Power Source, so it can be installed using ethernet-like wiring methods, using non-certified labor, and without many of the costly and time-consuming components like GFCI breakers, subpanels, and conduit.

For one use case of distributing power and control to 1.8 MW of LEDs, Digital Electricity eliminates nearly 8 tons of electrical components, over 4 tons of copper wiring, and several tons of conduit.

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Digital Electricity offers several other benefits including:

Reducing the cost of LEDs

The Digital Electricity transmitter provides DC power directly to LEDs, eliminating the need for LED drivers in the grow spaces. This typically reduces the cost of an LED fixture by at least 20%.

Reducing CAPEX

Compared to using a traditional power and control distribution system, using Digital Electricity reduces CAPEX by up to 20% for food growers and up to 40% for cannabis growers.

Improving energy efficiency

Digital Electricity results in energy efficiency levels that are up to 7% higher.

Improving reliability and resiliency

The lifespan and performance of LED power supplies is significantly improved when installed in an electrical room rather than in a humid grow room.

Reducing shading in greenhouses

The LED’s surface area can account for over 30% of a fixture’s total surface area. Eliminating it can reduce shading in a greenhouse caused by luminaires by a third.

Reducing labor costs

Because Digital Electricity can be installed with uncertified labor (often in-house) using ethernet-like wiring methods, it can be installed about 5X faster than traditional AC infrastructure, slashing labor installation costs. Contact us to see how we can help you design your next-generation farm.

Reducing heat load in grow spaces

About 8% of a typical LED fixture’s heat load is generated by the driver. A Digital Electricity system moves the heat load associated with the driver to an electrical room, where it takes the HVAC system nearly 40% less energy to remove it, compared to the humid grow room.

Reducing shading in greenhouses

LED drivers contribute to over 30% of the shading caused by LED fixtures in greenhouses. Digital Electricity power LEDs are driverless, helping greenhouses maximize the sun’s contribution to DLI.

Increasing crop density and improving airflow in vertical farms

Removing drivers from LED inside LEDs improves airflow, reduces heat transfer to plant roots, and allows growers to add more levels in the same footprint.

Dynamic lighting zone definitions

Lighting zones are typically hardwired. With DE, lighting zones can be easily software-defined and redefined, enabling the grower to rapidly respond to market and environmental conditions.

Increased safety

National Electric Code requires the use of expensive GFCIs for electrical outlets in grow rooms. The alternative is hardwiring LEDs, which means an electrician is required for even simple LED maintenance and replacements. Digital Electricity protects workers and equipment from shocks and fires without the need for dedicated GFCIs and eliminates the need to hardwire LEDs.

Monitoring and Troubleshooting

The Digital Electricity system continuously monitors the electrical characteristics of each 600W channel. This allows users to track performance for each 600W LED channel (4’x 8’ section in this example) and get notified if the performance of any channel falls out of acceptable ranges. The system can also be used to monitor power usage.
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