The quality of electrical power may be described as a set of values of parameters, such as:
* Continuity of service
* Variation in voltage magnitude
* Transient voltages and currents
* Harmonic content in the waveforms
It is often useful to think of power quality as a compatibility problem: is the equipment connected to the grid compatible with the events on the grid, and is the power delivered by the grid, including the events, compatible with the equipment that is connected? Compatibility problems always have at least two solutions: in this case, either clean up the power, or make the equipment tougher.
Each of these power quality problems has a different cause. Some problems are a result of the shared infrastructure. For example, a fault on the network may cause a dip that will affect some customers and the higher the level of the fault, the greater the number affected, or a problem on one customer’s site may cause a transient that affects all other customers on the same subsystem. Other problems, such as harmonics, arise within the customer’s own installation and may or may not propagate onto the network and so affect other customers. Harmonic problems can be dealt with by a combination of good design practice and well proven reduction equipment.
Energy Control Systems is a full-service power quality consulting firm dedicated to providing clients with a complete analysis of their electrical power, telecommunications and data transmission systems. We identify system problems, review operational integrity and safety issues, and make recommendations for procedures and equipment designed to correct or avoid future problems.
Our Power Quality professionals and technicians can provide your facilities and systems with a Power Quality site audit to identify the issues that are affecting your bottom line.
ECS will conduct an analysis of the power entering and distributed throughout your facility. Our technicians, using state-of-the-art technology, can diagnose the many different types of power problems you may be experiencing. The types of problems we regularly encounter and correct include:
* Voltage sags and surges,
* Momentary power interruptions,
* Extended power interruptions,
* Harmonic distortion,
* Ground loops,
* High speed transients,
* Electrical noise,
* Lightning damage or lack of preparedness.