Reactive Power Support

Power-CEO™ Smart Technology = New possibilities for KW and KVA power savings.

The ultimate mission of PowerCEO LLC is to increase strong energy strategies by optimizing real power flow.

Reactive power has a profound effect on the facility’s power system due to its effect on voltage levels throughout the system.

Strategically placed reactive power support, (VARS) is required to maintain the voltage which delivers the active power (watts) from the utility meter to the loads. Inductive loads require reactive power to convert the flow of electrons into useful work. When reactive power is low, the voltage sags and active power cannot be supplied as easily. KW usage at the meter increases from lack of proper reactive power support throughout the metered facility.

KW losses from voltage drop between the utility meter and various inductive loads (aggregated throughout the facility) are often very significant.

Inductive loads incur more voltage drop than similar sized resistive loads.

Proper reactive power support will raise the voltage at or near the load, lower the KW usage at the meter, reduce line losses in the facility and increase the power quality within the system.

KW savings will accrue for the entire time the inductive loads are operating.

PowerCEO LLC’s hybrid approach of dynamic and static reactive power support allows our electrical engineers to design and build units for strategic placement throughout the facility’s system. This approach keeps reactive power support close to the location where it is needed. This increases the ability for delivery of active (watts).

A portion of reactive supply must be capable of responding quickly to changing reactive power demands and to maintain acceptable voltages throughout the system. This is where the Power-CEO™ Dynamic and Semi Dynamic units bring a new level of savings.

Customers will benefit from a lower utility bill and reduced maintenance due to less heat being generated in the facility’s wires and equipment, thus reducing wear and tear on the equipment.

 An energy measurement and verification study will identify the voltage drop occurring on the wires (within the building) leading to inductive loads from the service entrance. This data is required for product and instillation specification.

 Payback Time Depends On:

  • Age of equipment
  • kW per hour charged
  • Panel mount or equipment mount
  • Percentage of reactive power support
  • Amount of equipment and labor needed for correction

Prior to the energy audit we do an initial review of the previous 12 months’ utility bills to determine if moving forward is a viable option. We typically see an 8-12% savings with a 12 to 18 month return on investment.

“There are service entrance solutions that have tried to address this issue, however we have applied our model in addition to a service entrance solution and achieved significant savings.”