Network Reliability is increased.
The reduction in demand as a result of improvement in Power Factor affects all components of the upstream distribution network. The resulting reduction in losses means that transformers, cables and switchgear all operate at lower temperatures. This reduction in stress on the distribution system increases both the reliability and useful life of these components, resulting in a more reliable and longer lasting network.
Harmonic Distortion is reduced.
When a properly-specified ‘Detuned’ Power Factor Correction system is installed on a network subject to significant levels of Harmonic Distortion, the levels of distortion are reduced. The amount of reduction varies according to the particular characteristics of each system. This reduction in distortion increases the reliability and lifetime of any item of equipment, and is a significant improvement in Power Quality.
Specification Compliance is Achieved.
The 18th edition wiring regulation (BS7671) are scheduled to come into force at the end of 2018. They will include a new section (part 8) focused on energy efficiency. This will include Power Factor Correction, Harmonic Reduction and Distribution Equipment losses.