Rhode Island Patent of the Month – December 2022

VoltServer, Inc. was the first company to commercialize the distribution of electricity in a natively digital format. This breakthrough aligns with the company’s mission of reinventing how electrical energy is distributed. The company has recently been granted a patent for their voltage measurement validation system, another piece of their disruptive technology.

Transmission lines often experience in-line faults where excessive power losses are experienced between the source and load devices. In-line faults are one of the primary causes of electrical fires in the power distribution industry. VoltServer’s validation system compares the transmission line voltage on both the transmitter and receiver sides to detect any significant power loss.

The system acquires a series of transmission line voltage measurements during a sample period. This is conducted when the transmitter-disconnect device is in a non-conducting state, for the operator’s own safety. The measurements are then analyzed to identify when the difference in voltage measurements is due to DC decay and where this may have begun. For more complex analyses, the voltage source might be changed with a known pattern to test whether the receiver and source continue to match during this DC decay period. This is especially helpful to uncover problems related to gain errors in digital calibration.

VoltServer is the leading provider of intelligent, premise-based power distribution solutions leveraging Digital Electricity™ from centralized source to distributed endpoint loads to improve customer’s essential business applications. VoltServer’s patented Digital Electricity™ employs modern power electronics and digital signal processing. The technology offers the power and distance capability of AC but the safety characteristics of data cables.  It delivers significantly more power and at greater distances than PoE or Class 2 infrastructure while using the same low-voltage wiring practices.

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