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# Power factor & Power factor correction

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Engineering review on AC Power.
Presentation lecture for energy engineering class.
Course: MS in Renewable Energy Engineering, Oregon institute of technology

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### Power factor & Power factor correction

1. 1. pt VmCosω t * I m Sin(ω t θ) Average Power: P Vm I m cos θ 1 cos 2ω t 2 Vm I m cos θ 2 Vrms I rms cos θ Vm I m sin θ sin 2ω t 2 W Power Factor: PF cos θ , θ θv θ i is called the power angle Power factor is often stated as percentage, e.g., 90% lagging (i.e., current lags voltage, inductive load) 60% leading (i.e., current leads voltage, capacitive load) Reactive Power: Q Vm I m 2 sin θ Note: 5kW load is different from 5kVA load. V I sin θ VAR (Volt Amperes Reactive) rms rms The last term in power formula is the power flowing back and forth between the source and the energy-storage elements. Reactive power is its peak power. Apparent Power: S Vrms I rms VA (Volt - Ampere) P2 Q2 Vrms I rms 2 cos 2 θ Vrms I rms 2 sin 2 θ Vrms I rms 2
2. 2. Power Factor
3. 3. Power Factor Correction V = 230. Motor modelled as 5||7j Ω. Add a parallel capacitor of 300 μF: Average power to motor, P, is 10.6 kW in both cases. Effect of C: reduce VARs from 7.6 to 2.6 kVAR, power factor from 0.81 to 0.97
4. 4. Power factor correction – induction motor illustrated
5. 5. Power Factor Correction – induction motor Changes in power factor for an induction motor as a function of motor loading. • It is recommended that motors are run at their rated power in order to achieve the best power factor cosϕ
6. 6. Compensation of Reactive Power by Rotational Phase-Shifting Machines • A 510 kVA synchronous generator for phase-shifting purposes. • Today these applications for synchronous motors is rare. • Sometimes they may still being used in older power stations with a rated power of more than 1000kVA.
7. 7. Active power Vs Reactive power P = AVERAGE POWER • Useful power – also known as ACTIVE POWER • Converted to other useful form of energy – heat, light, sound, etc • Power charged Q = REACTIVE POWER • Power that is being transferred back and forth between load and source • Associated with L or C – energy storage element – no losses • Is not charged • Inductive load: Q positive (current lags voltage, lagging PF ), Capacitive load: Q negative (current lead voltage, leading PF)
8. 8. Harmonics Distortion - Introduction • Harmonics distortion in the grid have increased rapidly in recent years due primarily to the increasing application of non-linear semiconductor devices: ▫ Industrial: Rectifiers DC, arc furnaces, welding machines, motor drives, etc. ▫ Lighting: Fluorescent, Neon, Sodium lamps, Metal halide lamps, Mercuryvapor lamps, etc. ▫ Consumer Electronics: PC, laptop charger, monitors, phase control dimmers, heater, etc.
9. 9. Harmonics Distortion – Ex1: Industrial DC PS • 3-phase rectifier with smoothing capacitor: Lots of harmonic with current waveform Better current wave form with 12-pulse rectifier
10. 10. Harmonics Distortion – Ex2: LED Lighting, CFLs Note: new & more expensive light has internal PFC – reduce harmonic distortion.
11. 11. Harmonics Distortion – Ex3: Consumer Electronics • Single-phase rectifier with smoothing capacitor (R load) Surge current may even create distortion on voltage if voltage source has high internal resistance.
12. 12. Understanding Harmonics Distortion • Any periodic waveform can be represented as a sum of: ▫ A sinusoidal term at the fundamental frequency ▫ Other sinusoidal terms (harmonics) having frequencies that are multiples of the fundamental frequency.
13. 13. What is bad about high order harmonics? a) The line rms current harmonics do not deliver any real power in Watts to the load, resulting in inefficient use of equipment capacity (i.e. low power factor). b) Harmonics will increase conductor loss and iron loss in transformers, decreasing transmission efficiency and causing thermal problems. c) The odd harmonics are extremely harmful to a three-phase system, causing overload of the unprotected neutral conductor. d) Oscillation in power system should be absolutely prevented in order to avoid endangering the stability of system operation. e) High peak harmonic currents may cause automatic relay protection devices to mis-trigger. f) Harmonics could cause other problems such as electromagnetic interference to interrupt communication, degrading reliability of electrical equipment, increasing product defective ratio, insulation failure, audible noise, etc.
14. 14. Power Factor Generalized •
15. 15. Power factor – continue •
16. 16. Power Factor – continue • Both phase shift and distortion can reduce Power Factor:
17. 17. Passive PFC
18. 18. Active PFC
19. 19. PFC comparision Input characteristic of PC power supplies with different PFC type: None, Passive, Active
20. 20. Input line harmonics compare to IEC61000-3-2
21. 21. Practice Problems For exams!
22. 22. A load operates at 20 kW, 0.8 pf lagging. The load voltage is 220∠0° V rms at 60 Hz. The impedance of the line is 0.09+j0.3 Ohm. Determine the voltage and power factor at the input to the line. S S
23. 23. If the power flow had actually been from network B to network A, the resultant signs on and would have been negative.