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ABB Power Grids - Power Factor Correction Solutions

Power Factor Correction Products - Maintenance

ABB offers a complete power quality service for networks from low (LV) to high voltage (HV), including site surveys and consultancy, power factor correction (PFC) and active harmonic filtering equipment.

Why poor power factor (PF) matters to you

Your site’s Power Factor (PF) is the relationship between the active and reactive power on the network. It measures how effectively you use the electricity you buy. In an ideal world, it would be one (unity). In many cases it is much lower – sometimes down to 0.5

When you have a poor PF you are effectively burning money. And high energy bills, with the added risk of financial penalties, are only part of the problem. Power Factor also impacts network reliability and its capacity to add new loads when your business expands.

ABB’s complete service can help address your PF issues. This includes a free, no-obligation, site survey, recommendations and the manufacture and installation of the ideal PFC (Power Factor Correction) equipment based on our new APCQ automatic capacitor banks that offer:

  • Proven technology
  • Wall & floor mounted options
  • Complete auto set-up
  • Easy to install & operate using our RVC & RVT power factor controllers
  • Saftey & Reliability

For panel builders we also provide individual capacitor shelves that enable panel builders to incorporate our PFC technology within their own low voltage panels.

Detuned Installations & Network Studies

The presence of harmonic currents can cause unacceptable disturbances in your supply network and adversely affect the operation of other electrical equipment, including PFC.

ABB’s power quality specialists can carry out a harmonic study of the network. If harmonics are present, we offer suitable capacitor and active filter solutions.

Active Harmonic Filters

ABB PQF active filters offer the following system benefits:

  • Reduced power system downtime to avoid expensive losses of production
  • Increased system efficiency & reduction of CO2 emissions
  • Compliance with the strictest power quality regulations thanks to a unique control concept, avoiding penalties and/or refusal by utilities to connect installations to the electrical grid
  • No detailed network analysis required, with rapid & easy solution implementation
  • Not over-loadable, thanks to the active concept, hence well adapted to LV installations where loads are upgraded frequently

ESI Energy Storage Inverters

ABB’s range of BESS (Battery Energy Storage Systems) now includes the ESI range of bi-directional inverters designed specifically for small to medium size renewable energy installations. As well as being suitable for both LV and MV applications (with a step-up transformer), the ESI can address power quality issues such as harmonic mitigation, load balancing and reactive power compensation.

Purpose Built Facility

ABB’s power quality services for the UK are coordinated by our purpose built facility at Bromborough. This now includes a new test bay with the latest computerised testing technology. Before products are shipped, the new facility ensures consistent high quality by testing in an automated bay to the highest levels of repeatability and accuracy, including systematic data storage. Testing includes high voltage, insulation and continuity tests.

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ABB Power Factor Correction

ABB Ltd
Unit 6 Riverview Business Park
Riverview Road
Bromborough
CH62 3RR

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