Power Factor Correction
At RSA Bardo Electrical Systems we offer Power Factor Correction, a process whereby we install a Power Factor Correction Unit. Power Factor or (PF) is a measure of how your business uses its electricity.
By comparing the Apparent Power (kVA) delivered to your switch board to the Active Power (kW) used by your equipment we can calculate your Power Factor. The difference is the Reactive Power (kVAr) or lost power.
What is Power Factor?
Power Factor is the measurement of how effectively electrical power is being used.
The lower the Power Factor, the more reactive power the Utilities need to provide.
This can then result in larger capacity to supply power, capacity problems can also lead to ‘brown-outs’.
Most importantly, higher operating costs due to higher Peak Demand charges.
How can you fix it and reduce your Peak Demand charges?
By installing Power Factor Correction equipment.
The benefits by installing a PFC unit include:
Reduces Peak Demand charge
Increases your sites power infrastructure
e.g. If your PF is 0.7 and you improve it to 0.95, on a 2000kVA substation this will free up over 500kVA or an extra 25% capacity
Reduces power losses in site transformers and the network
Helps stabilise your sites electrical system voltage levels