Digital Electricity

Digital Electricity – What you need to know

Digital Electricity – What you need to know 

Digital Electricity is a new way to safely distribute high-voltage power over long distances by combining data and DC power into packets that are transmitted and received, similarly to how data packets travel over enterprise networks. It transfers high levels of power over non-power cable, and a complete system requires transmitters and receivers to function. These digital electricity cables are designed in conjunction with VoltServer, allowing them to support applications in various situations. Available in hybrid copper/fiber constructions to send power and data in a single cable run. Other additions to the digital electricity cable line include the hybrid cable versions for indoor and indoor/outdoor 2 mm breakout plenum cables. 

The transmitter takes in AC or DC power and sends it out on individual electrical circuits. From there, specialized digital electricity cables can be used to distribute the power. The receiver “receives” the electricity packets sent from a transmitter and converts the energy packets into the required form. 

PoE technology can carry up to 100W of power over a data cable for up to 100 m, digital electricity can carry up to 2,000W and travel up to 2km. Digital electricity is able to offer 20 times the power or 20 times the distance that’s currently available through PoE.  

Transmission distance comparison chart.

Transmission distance comparison chart. 

 

5 things you need to know about digital electricity: 

1. It ensures safety

By including “smart circuits” that can monitor when electricity is escaping, it’s able to immediately stop the electricity flow and continuously manage the flow within the circuit to ensure that electricity is flowing to the right places safely. In the event of an issue, the electricity process will stop within 3 milliseconds, which is fast and secure enough to prevent injuries or danger. With its class 4 systems, it makes the digital electricity cables just as safe, if not safer than class 2 and class 3 systems. 

2. It allows for ample power 

Digital electricity cables can be run through existing cable trays to double or triple the amount of power brought to the equipment. These cables can deliver power across long distances and are known to be 20x more powerful or can go 20x more distance than PoE with 2000W across a reach of up to 2km. 

3. It provides a back-up 

In the event of an emergency, the transmitter can run critical power to wherever it is needed, including wireless systems so operations can still be run when power is no longer available. 

4. It simplifies cable installation 

Due to how energy is handled within these systems, installation of digital electricity cables doesn’t need to be installed by an electrician which makes the installation faster and more cost effective. These cables are easy to relocate and reuse without leaving stranded outlets or conduit behind, as current Class 4 certified cables include the DEDN and DEWN product families. The cables have a stranded copper pairs design which maintains flexibility and performance during instillation, thus also improving electrical performance. 

5. It enables new applications 

Digital electricity allows power to be run much longer distances with less voltage drops and without dealing with large copper wires, allowing opportunities for other applications to be created and used. These cables are ideal for distributed antenna systems, passive optical networks (PONs), security cameras and wireless access points; can be used for indoor (plenum and riser), outdoor and overhead-burial applications.