“Driven by the rapid maturity of artificial intelligence 5G wireless networks and Internet of Things (IoT) systems, global digital transformation is progressing smoothly. These systems deploy billions of smart edge sensors to send real-time data to the cloud. But have you ever stopped to think about how we will power all these devices and technologies?
VoltServer uses standard data lines and endpoint converters to efficiently and safely transmit large power over long distances
Driven by the rapid maturity of artificial intelligence 5G wireless networks and Internet of Things (IoT) systems, global digital transformation is progressing smoothly. These systems deploy billions of smart edge sensors to send real-time data to the cloud. But have you ever stopped to think about how we will power all these devices and technologies?
VoltServer, a manufacturer of power distribution products located in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, is changing the future of energy transmission through its unique patented Digital Electricity™ technology, which uses low-cost existing data lines to provide Safely transmit power up to 2kW between long distances.
So far, VoltServer products have been widely deployed in hundreds of large venues such as stadiums, airports, conference centers, office buildings, hotels, apartments, hospitals, and indoor gardens. They provide 4G, 5G and Wi-Fi wireless communications, LED lighting, and the Internet of Things. Application provides power.
Pack power energy with one pulse at a time
What exactly is Digital Electricity™? Digital Electricity is a line-powered system. It is a solution for powering remote devices from a centralized storage unit through structured copper wires. It can not only safely transmit high-voltage power through a lightweight data line, but also provide small current for downstream power loads. It is a native digital form of power transmission, which can be regarded as the third power format after the AC and DC formats first used in nearly 150 years.
How does it work? VoltServer products decompose conventional currents into small pulses or “energy packets”. Each energy packet is sent from the transmitter with the local embedded processor to the receiver. Use the digital signal processing engine to analyze each energy packet to determine the accuracy and safety of power distribution. If a failure is detected, it stops sending the next energy packet. Each package contains only a small amount of energy, so when it is transmitted alone, there is no harm to people, animals, systems or buildings. The receiver can convert the digital current back to analog AC or DC current to power the local load.
Each current packet is sent from the transmitter to the receiver. Each bag contains very little energy and can be checked for safety. Each energy pack has no harm to people, animals, systems or buildings. VoltServer products are listed and certified by a testing laboratory accredited by the United States for safety and EMC standards.
Stephen Eaves, co-founder and CEO of VoltServer, explained: “Imagine a powerful stream of water passing through your pipe system. If a pipe bursts, the high pressure can hurt people. On the contrary, it breaks the water stream into millions. These droplets can be recombined to get the required amount of water, but each drop of water is safe. Similar to the digital current, it only puts a small amount of energy into the energy packet. Each packet becomes very It is safe and can still meet the overall power demand after centralized conversion.”
Digital Energy Realizes Plug and Play Power Demand
VoltServer Digital Electricity™ platform, due to its own safe energy transmission design, can use ready-made structured communication copper wires and level 2 low-voltage wiring methods to send power to any location within 2000 meters. Similar to Power over Ethernet (PoE), this allows VoltServer to transmit digital data and electrical energy in a single hybrid cabling infrastructure, so its installation is simpler and cheaper than conventional 110/220 electrical systems.
This simplicity helps architects, designers, and facility managers easily configure and reconfigure wireless networks, office layout planning, and indoor agricultural plantations. The platform itself is digital, so it can provide unprecedented in-depth information about energy use through a centralized dashboard. This can provide building operators and maintenance personnel with a fine meter view of their power grid without the need for traditional circuit breaker panels to better manage various important load nodes.
Vicor high-efficiency converters do not require additional heat dissipation
Since VoltServer started product development, Vicor has been working closely with it. Vicor’s enhanced, passive heat dissipation BCM® DC-DC fixed-ratio bus converter is designed as a receiver, which can convert a higher transmission voltage into a safe low voltage to supply power to the load. The 97% power efficiency allows for reliable heat dissipation without the need for a fan in a smaller enclosure. The power efficiency they provide allows receivers to be placed in narrow enclosed spaces that are too small to accommodate cooling fans. This not only allows the VoltServer platform to run more efficiently with a smaller heat sink, but it also significantly reduces the footprint of the receiver.
Dan Lowe, co-founder and chief business officer of VoltServer, said: “With Vicor converters, our heat loss is 43% lower than ordinary converters, and the radiator size is reduced accordingly. Our customers include the three largest mobile network operators in the United States. , So the reliability requirements are very high. This is where Vicor products come in. It’s really smart.”
VoltServer Digital Electricity™ provides the most cost-effective and reliable remote power supply solution for 4G LTE, 5G and Wi-Fi radios with optimal coverage and capacity. The centralized digital architecture can provide extremely high and stable power supply for the normally open communication network.
VoltServer uses Vicor’s miniaturized BCM6123 fixed-ratio bus converter (0.99 x 2.402 x 0.286 inches) on the terminal receiver to efficiently convert energy packs. Vicor BCM uses a proprietary, low-noise, high-efficiency sinusoidal amplitude converter (SAC™) topology that requires almost no electromagnetic filters. This can further reduce the footprint of the power system and simplify the design while complying with EMI standards.
Vicor’s compact BCM6123 fixed-ratio bus converter (0.99 x 2.402 x 0.286 inches) is located at the end of the terminal receiver, which can efficiently convert high-voltage power into various loads. Vicor BCM uses a proprietary, low-noise, high-efficiency sinusoidal amplitude converter (SAC™) topology that requires almost no electromagnetic filtering.
Lowe pointed out: “There is almost no need for electromagnetic filtering, so we can make the digital current receiver very compact and can be installed almost anywhere. Any other converter will generate more heat. That is to say, the receiver box needs to be significantly increased. Large, a large number of heat dissipation facilities are required, which will eventually increase the cost significantly, and it will also increase the difficulty of installation in places with limited space.”
The patented VoltServer Digital Electricity™ platform uses a secure digital format for power distribution. The technology is simple to deploy, low cost, easy to install, and has been proven in large venues served by leading mobile network operators. No matter how complex a company’s premises are or how high its demand is, VoltServer can help them carry out a true digital transformation.