Optimizing the power factor

What is the power factor?

In alternating current systems, there is often a certain phase difference between current waveform and voltage waveform, except if the systems are purely resistive (like a heating element). The intensity of this phase difference is explained by the power factor, which is the ratio between the actual power and the effective radiated power of a motor. Radiated power is then broken down into actual power and reactive power, the latter being of no use to the motor. As such, the higher the reactive power, the greater the phase difference and the more the power factor deviates from its ideal ratio of 100%. A power factor of less than 90% means that your electricity bill will be higher.

C-nergie’s expertise

When a facility has a high number of motors that are not used appropriately, an imbalance in the power factor occurs, which can have significant consequences on the energy bill. Our team of energy efficiency experts is able to analyse power imbalances to make more efficient recommendations.

The benefits of our services

  • Increased and optimized power factor;
  • Financial savings of 5 to 25%;
  • Reduced penalties on energy bills.

 

 

 


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