Key principles of the LivingPower technology

A LivingPower system offers the following unique features:

  • Power converters can work in one of two directions (programmable)
  • Power converters can work as rectifiers, inverters (or DC/DC converters)
  • Power converters may be re-connected – from one input/output to another input/output (so-called zones).

An operating system controls the system intelligence:

  • Identifies which modules that are available in the system
  • Determines the function of each power module
  • Determines the “position” of each power module.

The Operating system controls the dynamic change among various system configurations based on

  • User demand (configurator)
  • Events
  • External control settings.

Opening the gate for new opportunities – Interactive power

An interactive power platform allows for on-the-fly re-allocation of resources.

This is analogue to server virtualisation: CPU’s are allocated dynamically to different tasks over time. The effects are

  • Substantially fewer CPU’s needed for the same capacity and quality of service
  • Importantly enhanced availability (built-in redundancy schemes)
  • Planned response to faults.

Similarly, power converters in LivingPower may be re-allocated to different tasks over time. The results are

  • Typically 1.5x-to-3x fewer power converters for the same capacity and service. Accordingly, substantial improvements in parameters like
  • Space
  • Reliability
  • System energy efficiency (less converters = reduced idling losses)
  • Cost.

The pre-set response to events allows for new-to-the-World features and advantages like change of configuration

  • When no power input is present (for a UPS: when going into Battery Mode)
  • When a certain event takes place (user defined – e.g. a relay signal, or a certain fault situation)
  • When a new configuration is defined by a user (configurator).

This allows to adapt a system to faults, user commands etc.

As a curiosity, a system would be able to change its configuration when it looses e.g. a power module. This is also called self-healing.

A radical change: From Bookkeeping into Real Management

For years, the market has offered complex management software solutions.
And they have offered advanced socalled “configurators”, that basically act as a sales tool that can help to generate a shopping list.

However sophisticated, they all suffer from the mutual limitation that they have no ability to change or control the actual power hardware system itself – at the most it is a passive, one-way monitoring.

We are more ambitious: In our opinion, management is to make things happen that otherwise would not happen!

LivingPower offers a radical change: A dynamic interactive system that can change itself or be changed on-the-fly.

The list of results is infinite:

  • Genuine simplicity
  • Genuine configurator that is able to – yes – configure the solution
  • On-demand change of architecture, capacity, functionality, priorities etc.
  • Highly autonomous – no need for user interaction, if this is desired
  • Performance improvements on all key parameters
  • Cost effective
  • Opens the door for external control and value creation (like server room mgmt.), thereby becoming an active member of the virtual environment
    • Fault handling
    • Ressource optimisation
    • Safety schemes
    • Energy cost optimisation
    • Response to faults
    • Corrective action prior to faults based on system metering/sensing – thereby avoiding the faults before they happen.
  • The DNA of business model innovation – enabling new services and value streams – e.g.
    • Management-as-a-service
    • Remote, interactive support (like for off-shore wind turbines…)
    • New functions, change of user interface, language etc.
    • Data logging, preventive maintenance
    • Becoming an active player in the energy system (offering grid services like regulating power)
    • Simple, non-invasive setting up of the business that will break the barriers of decentralsing and de-regulating grid services.

LeanEco’s unique power platform is patented (WO 2010/038152 A1).