Electrical efficiency Webcast Feb. 23

By Plant Engineering Staff February 2, 2006

PLANT ENGINEERING latest Webcast, “Improving electrical efficiency through power factor correction,” will be Thursday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. CST. The Webcast is sponsorfed by Eaton Electrical and Schneider Electric .

The electrical power in a plant is made up of two components: real power
and reactive power. While real power performs useful work within your facility, reactive power does not. In fact, reactive power actually constitutes an energy loss and can consume capacity in transformers, generators, wiring, and transmission lines.
Power factor, a measure of electrical efficiency, compares the amount of real, or useful, power to the total power consumed. If power factor is not 100%, your facility is not operating at its highest efficiency and is probably paying penalty fees to utilities
who charge for poor efficiency.

Electrical experts will discuss issues such as:

  • The relationship between power factor and electrical efficiency

  • Power factor measurement and correction techniques

  • Power factor correction issues in a changing technological landscape

    • Presenters include:

    • Rudy T. Wodrich, P.E., MBA —Schneider Electric

    • Tom Blooming, P.E. — Eaton Electrical

    • Kevin Dennis — ABB

    • Jeremy Bryant —Siemens Energy & Automation