What is power factor correction?
Power factor correction is simply a way to make your use of electricity in your business more efficient. In other words using every kilowatt effectively to reduce your running costs.
If you operate machinery like motors and other similar equipment, you may be using more power than you actually need , due to the inherent inefficiencies within those machines.
Let’s look at this a simpler way.
Power Factor Correction -The Beer example.
From an efficiency perspective , that foam is wasted money because you can’t really drink it. The focus is on the majority of the liquid in the rest of the glass.
So, the total amount of beer, including the foam is the APPARENT POWER , the foam is the REACTIVE POWER and the Beer itself is the REAL POWER.
This is a more efficient beer than the one above, as here, you get ALL the beer, not most of it.
With power factor correction, you get ALL the energy, not most of it and , this would be money better spent with that extra 10% or so of that beer that you can DRINK and not simply wipe away.
Let’s now translate this into how this BEER can affect the efficiency of your power network , as well as reduce the operating costs in your business.
Power factor correction – efficiency in operation.
The power factor is basically a measure of how efficiently the supplied power is being used by the specific machine. A power factor of 1 is most efficient , while a factor of 0,5 means that the machine would need double the power to run at maximum.
For example, you have a 100Kw motor, running at a factor of 0,5 then 100/0,5 = 200kVA required to run the machine – when it should only need HALF of that. So , you are paying for DOUBLE the amount of energy needed to run this machine.
Expand that to an industrial size operation , you start to see how much money and electricity is WASTED!
The graph shows the difference between the voltage and current and the further apart these lines are , the less efficient the power usage is.
Ideally, you want those lines to be as close together as possible to optimise the supplied power and reduce power wastage.
The simplest way to do that is to call in the specialists in power factor correction.
Alpha Power Solutions – Power Factor Correction Specialists.
At Saving Energy, we prefer to work with specialists in their fields and the team at Alpha Power are just that.
Power Factor correction can be applied to many industries like manfacturing, plastics & recycling, abbattoirs , engineering, in fact any business that operates machinery using motors should be chatting to them.
All businesses are looking for ways to reduce costs and power factor correction no only reduces energy usage but also improves the lifespan of machines.
Typically, the cost of a power factor correction solution is recovered within a year and Alpha Power will come in and do a proper audit of the power network to accurately identify the areas and requirements for your business.
If you are tired of seeing high electricity costs, you need to consider getting a power factor correction solution.