Power factor correction is becoming a greater concern for industrial and manufacturing plants all around the world. Power Systems & Controls Series SC is the answer to correcting power factor problems and avoiding costly demand charges. PS&C’s Synchronous Condenser can easily correct power factor correction issues as it delivers the required reactive power (KVAR) dynamically by being connected to the utility as the continuous reference source for correction. The condenser will adjust the excitation level automatically to maintain the power factor at the desired power factor/KVAR. The synchronous condenser is critical for any facility’s overall power quality as it reduces voltage transients, creates a smoother sine waveform, and reduces the problems associated with harmonic distortion.
The level of excitation which the Series SC is run depends on the amount of power factor correction required and the amount of “factor” sensed by the condenser controls. The condenser will adjust the excitation levels automatically to maintain the power factor at the correct setting. The synchronous condenser monitors the power factor without switching transients and has no issues with harmonic currents produced by solid-state motor drives. Correcting power factor with a condenser provides a much smoother waveform over conventional methods and will not adversely affect a system loaded with current harmonics. Also the condenser is a low impedance source and appears to be inductive to loads.
The Series SC is outfitted with voltage, frequency, and temperature sensors to protect you system against overload or other dangerous scenarios. It also has precision solid-state voltage and power factor regulators, as well as, switchboard grade VAR and power factor meters to make sure your system is operating at peak performance 24/7. Additionally, the Series SC can be outfitted with numerous options includeing a color touch screen display and other remote communications to make it the perfect solution for any industrial application.