Power to the MAX
By Dr A Mardapittas, EMSc (UK)
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Electricity+Control, April 2013 (pages 36 – 37)
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Voltage optimisation changes how a building manages the amount of electricity being used at the distribution point. Standard voltage optimisation technology is applied on the low voltage (LV) side and, while this is a secure , reliable and proven method for correcting incoming voltage issues to a site, it makes sense to correct the voltage before it even enters the site; to optimise the voltage at the source of the issues, on the high voltage (HV) side.
By employing this HV voltage optimisation system, the potential to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions is maximised, as are the savings on energy bills. Optimising on the HV side will not touch the on-site supply or affect site impedance, and will provide all the associated benefits of LV voltage optimisation, such as improved appliance efficiency and life expectancy by reducing the amount of energy lost through heat and vibration.
- Voltage optimisation can effect energy savings.
- Voltage optimisation on the MV (HV) side offers some benefits.
- Voltage optimisation, if widely deployed, can have an impact on sustainability in general.