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Mtg: Selection and Applications of Power Factor Correction Equipment for Industrial and Large Commercial Facilities

by @ 3:56 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Engineering Mgmt

THURSDAY November 29
OEB Power Engineering? Chapter
Speaker: B. Ben Banerjee, Power Quality Product & Application Engineer, Square D Company
Time: Presentation at 6:00 PM, with snacks and refreshments
Cost: none
Place: Square D Company 6160 Stoneridge Mall Road #200, Pleasanton
RSVP: with Diep Nguyen,, 510-267-0441

The vast majority of the total load connected to todayĆ¢??s industrial and commercial distribution systems is inductive in nature and generally has a poor operating power factor. ? If properly selected and installed, Power Factor Correction Equipment including Capacitors (PFCCs) provides an economical and practical means for improving the system power factor.

PFCCs reduce energy costs, increase electric system capacity, and raise voltage levels intentionally, and can reduce power distribution system losses.

This presentation will focus on the applications of shunt capacitor and will cover topics such as power factor fundamentals including displacement and total power factors, selection and sizing of power factor correction capacitor, cost benefits and utility rate structures. It will also discuss other related application issues like proper location of capacitor in the facility distribution system, effects of harmonics, fixed vs. automatic banks, selection of circuit protection and isolation devices, applicable standards and codes, various considerations for capacitor banks connected at MCC or at motor terminals, PF impact by distributed generation, PF correction benefits using harmonic filters, and certain aspects of storage, maintenance, and installation of the power factor correction equipment.

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