What is Digital Electricity™?
Revolutionizing the future of energy.
There has not been much innovation around electricity since Tesla and Edison battled it out in the late 1800s. VoltServer’s Digital Electricity™ is a groundbreaking new way to distribute power. Digital Electricity™ allows for controlled power distribution that is safe, less expensive, faster to install, more energy efficient, and meets the needs for an increasingly digital world.
Digital Electricity™ is a line powering system.
Line powering is a means of energizing remote equipment, from a centralized location, over structured copper cable.
Digital Electricity™ offers the convenience and safety of low-voltage, like Power over Ethernet (PoE), with the power and distance capabilities of AC.
The technology leverages our patented packet energy transfer to deliver significant power over significant distances. The technology splits energy and into packets and transfers hundreds of packets each second from a Transmitter unit to a Receiver unit. Safety is continuously monitored after every packet and if there is a fault such as improper wiring, a short circuit, or a person is touching the transmission lines, the transmitter recognizes the condition in milliseconds and halts the transmission of packets. The result is safe electrical transmission at high power levels and an inherent ability to digitally control a host of modern electronic devices connected to the distribution system.
Digital Electricity™ is a proven line-powering technology listed to IEC 62368-1 as a Limited Power Source which allows installation using standard multi-conductor cabling, typically without conduit, while conforming to the NEC and CEC Code standards for building installation.
Digital Electricity™ qualifies to use Class 2 wiring methods but has significant power capacity to directly energize high-power devices. Digital Electricity™ cabling can run alongside or together with fiber in both vertical and horizontal spaces to deliver power to remote devices.
The Digital Electricity™ technology allows unparalleled construction, performance, and safety advantages over any alternative power method.
VoltServer’s technology is installed in marquee venues around the world including:
- Sports Stadiums and Arenas
- Class A Office Towers
- Hotels and Resorts
- Airports and other Passenger Terminals
- Macro towers, Rooftop macros, and Small cells
- Warehouses and Manufacturing facilities
- Industry Leading Controlled Environment Agriculture Facilities
How Digital Electricity™ Works
AC or DC analog electricity from the grid, battery plant, or UPS.
The Transmitter converts Analog AC or DC to Digital Electricity.
The Digital Electricity packets are sent over low-cost structured cable.
Receivers convert the Digital Electricity back into Analog AC or DC.
The Analog AC or DC can power 1 or more remote load devices.
Discrete “packets” of electricity, every packet is checked for safe transfer from transmitter to receiver.
Each packet contains only a very small amount of energy,
Each packet is not harmful to people, animals, systems, or buildings.
The VoltServer products are listed and certified to safety and EMC standards by a Nationally Recognized Test Laboratory.
Digital Electricity™ offers the benefits of low-voltage
with the power and distance capabilities of AC
AC or HVDC
Very High-Power Levels
NEC Article 300 Wiring Methods
Conduit and Permits required
Large wire gauge
Low voltage AC or DC
100W max Power Limit for Safety
NEC Article 725 Wiring Methods
No Conduit or Permits required
Gauge is power and distance dependant
Digital Electricity™ offers the best of both!
Supports AC or DC loads
High Power Levels up to 2000W
NEC Article 725 / CEC Rule 16-200 Wiring Methods
Class 2 wiring practices (No Conduit, etc)
Small wire gauge
Take Control of Your Energy
Digital Electricity™ is natively data-based with inherent intelligence built-in. Monitor and control from any location with included software. Audit power consumption in real-time.
Digital Electricity™ in Practice
The benefits of Digital Electricity™
Monitoring and Control
Natively provides remote monitoring and control of electrical power allocation. Centralized monitoring and control point for all power circuits for energy management decisions.
Cost to Install
Utilize existing data pathways, leverage hybrid fiber cable, and a smaller electrical room footprint. Thinner wire decreases commodity costs and more wire can be used per raceway.
Mission-critical systems require reliable, uninterruptible power. Digital Electricity™ enables a centralized backup power architecture that is more economic and easier to manage than distributed models.
Speed to Deploy
Unlike AC, Digital Electricity™ does not require dedicated conduits. Power can be delivered in existing data pathways or even in the same cable as fiber optics. It is less disruptive to tenants to deploy, and in many regions permits are not required.
Reduces consumed material by eliminating need for conduit. Reduces proliferation of lead acid batteries in edge locations. The platform is extremely energy efficient and can qualify for leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) credits.
Moves, adds, and changes are needed as technology, spaces, and needs evolve. These can often be completed by in-house IT staff using the modularity of the VoltServer platform and the Class 2 wiring practices it enables. (Note: jurisdiction dependant)
Stops hazardous current within milliseconds. The fundamental danger inherent in AC or HVDC electricity makes today’s electrical systems expensive to install or change. Reduce the danger to your installers, occupants, and guests.
The modularity of the system allows simple upgrades to add more endpoint load devices. Deploying dark copper from the start can avoid costly new cable runs for future upgrades.
Power can be cycled to individual devices, often resolving issues without having to physically visit the site. This saves time and money by avoiding unnecessary site visits, or solving a problem for sites that are hard to reach.