The Hidden Cost of Low Power Factor
Low Power Factor is expensive and inefficient. Electrical networks with poor Power Factor draw more power than necessary. This extra power means higher generating costs that are always passed on to the customer. Negative impacts of poor Power Factor are expensive, wasteful, and correctable. Power optimization can be applied to any facility that needs to reduce energy use and costs, while protecting against poor electrical conditions, surges and lags in power supply. PFC will usually show payback within two years or less.
Causes of Low Power Factor
Low power factor is caused by inductive loads such as transformers, electric motors, compressors, and high-intensity discharge lighting. These devices make up the major portion of the power consumed in industrial and commercial buildings. Uncorrected power factor will cause power losses in your distribution system. Excessive voltage drops can cause overheating, increased amp loads, and premature failure of motors and other inductive equipment.
How It Works
All electrical energy coming into a facility is known as Apparent Power, and the power we actually use is defined as Real Power. Even though you pay for it, a portion of the power entering your electrical system is lost to ground and never consumed. This is referred to as Reactive Power. The ultimate goal is to bring these two factors, Apparent Power and Real Power, closer together. The Black Hawk Powerhouse is able to accomplish this by capturing this lost voltage, store it and feed it back into your electrical system.
How is the Powerhouse different?
The Powerhouse is NOT a typical Power Factor correction device, it IS a voltage correction device. Unlike conventional power correction devices, the Powerhouse boost voltage levels across all circuits on a distribution panel, even under the heaviest loads. Power Factor correction becomes a side effect of maintaining stable voltage levels in the electrical system. The Powerhouse accomplishes this by using patented wiring scheme that connects banks of metal oxide varistors (MOVs) to banks of storage capacitors. The MOVs act as shunts, or traffic cops, on the distribution panel, responding to changes in pressure (voltage spikes and sags), instantly capturing surges and spikes and filling dips and sags. When you stop the voltage fluctuations in an electrical system the Power Factor soars, KVAR drops, amp loads drop, KW drops, KWH drops. When you provide consistent power to 3 phase equipment it will run more efficiently, run cooler, and last longer. We consistently see KWH drop by 10 to 15 percent and Power Factors in the .96 to .98 range. There is nothing else like the Powerhouse on the market today. We have installations in 26 states and Canada, in nearly every kind of commercial, industrial, and institutional building. The average ROI for the Powerhouse is 12 to 18 months, depending on the condition of your electrical network. You are already paying for one with wasted electricity, why not explore the possibilities of long term energy saving. There are no moving parts, no complex circuitry to fail and zero maintenance requirements. The internal components are rated for 20 years service. It comes with a 5 year warranty. Proudly made in the USA.
By doing this, The Powerhouse:
- Greatly reduces low voltage issues
- Elevates voltage of the entire system
- Stabilizes voltage of the complete system
- Reduces voltage drops when demand increases.
- Reduces tripped breakers (as a result of low voltage or power spikes)
- Lowers kilowatt hours
By capturing and balancing the energy, The Powerhouse insures that the equipment is running at its optimum voltages, which results in fewer mechanical problems and lower maintenance costs, thus, increasing the life of your equipment.
To summarize, The Black Hawk Powerhouse:
- Balances voltage across all phases (legs)
- Balances the load and line harmonics between phases
- Reduces Reactive Power loss
- Reduces spikes in your energy demand, lowering your peak demand charges
- Reduces device vibration, noise and HEAT (motors are more efficient & run cooler)
- Provides surge protection (absorbing power spikes up to 50,000 volts)
- Increases lumens (amount of brightness) in your existing lighting system
- Lowers lighting maintenance costs by extending the life of bulbs and ballasts
- Requires no special cooling or air conditioned environment
- Helps protect computers, operating systems, timers, relays, burglar alarms, surveillance cameras and other low voltage equipment that is sensitive to power spikes or low voltage