Potential benefits for businesses using inductive equipment
If your business operates inductive equipment such as transformers and electric motors, Power Factor Correction could lead to improvements in your energy use. Large businesses are charged for the demand they place on the electricity grid, known as demand charges, which can be reduced if your power factor is improved.
What is power factor?
Power factor is the ratio between your total load (kVA) and the actual power working for your business (kW). Power factor is measured on a scale between zero and one, with 1.0 representing optimal energy efficiency.
Inefficient electrical systems tend to use a large quantity of reactive power (kVAr), which represents the power lost in the operation of inductive equipment such as transformers and electric motors. This reactive power increases your total load (kVA) and reduces your overall energy efficiency.
Why install power factor correction equipment?
Installing custom built capacitor banks and controllers minimises wasted energy, improves plant efficiency and can save your business money. It also helps rectify any overloading issues you may have and gives you the potential to expand your plant without upgrading transformer or supply equipment.