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What do customers say about OPP?

“We used to exhaust our 600 litres diesel fuel tank in 12-13 hours of continuous use. But since the installation of power factor correction from Optimised Power Products, the same tank of diesel now lasts 17 hours. This represents a saving of around 30%.”

– Gurende – Branch Manager at Pick n Pay Wholesale

“We have been using the Optimised Power Products PFC Unit and are very impressed by the results. We have realised a significant saving on our electricity bill, we use less Solar and our Generators are using about 10% less fuel. We now also run more machinery on the same Transformer since the PFC unit has freed up additional power.”

– Tinashe Mombeshora – Maintenance Manager at Novafeed Animal Feeds

“Since installation of OPP power factor correction the unit has given us great savings on our electricity bills. We are also very pleased with the service we received and are currently in the process of ordering further units for our other stores. It was very reassuring to be given a full 5 year warranty which no other company could offer us.”

– Niren Ramlaul – Operations Director at Spar Retail

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Power Factor Correction Specialists – Kenya

Optimised Power Products Ltd are a British Company. We help Kenyan businesses to reduce power consumption, save energy and increase profits.

Every Power Factor Correction unit we make is custom built to meet your individual requirements and manufactured in the UK.

Our technology is so good that every unit we supply comes with a full 5 year parts and labour guarantee.

The only PFC equipment guaranteed to work in the rigours of the African climate

OPP Power Factor Correction equipment is the only PFC equipment guaranteed to solve your power issues and save you money. Built from the best German components and capacitors as used on the Airbus A380 Advanced Passenger Jet, our PFC solutions eliminate reactive losses, reduce maximum demand and provide on-going savings for your business.

SIX good reasons to only ever choose OPP

 

*SAVE 25% on PHASE 3 electricity bills

*SAVE 10% on DIESEL fuel bills

*PAY for your investment (savings you make) in 12 months or less

(*Key Benefits for your business may exceed the stated figures, subject to site survey, data logging and technical report)

POWER FACTOR – HOW DO WE LOSE ALL THAT ELECTRICITY?

Imagine filling your vehicle with diesel and then paying cash for the full tank. Now imagine your tank has a hole in it, so before you get a chance to use the diesel one quarter of it leaks out through the hole.

If it was diesel you would see or smell it, but electricity is invisible so you don’t see it leaking, but that doesn’t matter, you still have to pay for it.

Sometimes the hole is even bigger and you leak more like half. And if you own or operate a business in Kenya that consumes 3 Phase Electricity it’s highly likely that you and your business are being severely affected by this problem.

This waste of electricity is called a Reactive Loss. We also call it Power Factor.

REACTIVE LOSSES? WHAT IS POWER FACTOR?

Reactive Power loss happens when the current flowing through your electrical system is greater than that needed to operate your electrical equipment.

Your machines are unable to use the excess power, so it escapes and gets wasted in the form of heat. The problem you have is that it makes no difference whether the energy escapes in the form of heat, or you use it to work your machines. Either way, you pay.

To calculate Reactive Power Losses we use a measurement known as Power Factor (PF). The PF is the ratio between total power purchased and power used for the intended purpose. A Power Factor of 1 (i.e. 100%) means that all electrical power is used to work your machines, there is no reactive loss.

In Kenya the average Reactive Loss is 18% and sometimes it can be as high as 25%. At Optimised Power Products we specialise in eliminating Reactive Losses using technology called Power Factor Correction Equipment.

HOW DOES POWER FACTOR CORRECTION EQUIPMENT WORK?

It’s simple really. The excess power is not allowed to become reactive. Instead we use capacitors to store your excess energy.

You can think of capacitors like batteries that store power. But these are special batteries that charge very quickly. They absorb and store the excess power and then release it back into the system at the rate your machines need it. This way nothing is ever wasted again.

Another way to picture this is like an over-spill tank for water. So instead of your water/electricity overflowing and being wasted, the over-spill tank stores the water so it can be used later. This is what our Power Factor Correction Equipment will do with your electricity supply.

Reduce Consumption

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POWER FACTOR CORRECTION IN ACTION – 19% SAVINGS ON COMMERCIAL ELECTRICITY BILLS

Any business in Kenya that relies on electricity can benefit from Power Factor Correction. The more energy you use, the more it will benefit your business.

“WE IMPORT AND EXPORT FRESH FARM PRODUCE AND HAVE THE BIGGEST COLD ROOM FACILITY AT LUSAKA AIRPORT. SINCE THE INSTALLATION OF POWER FACTOR CORRECTION EQUIPMENT, WE ARE SEEING MONTHLY SAVINGS OF ABOUT 19%”

– Henry Bwalya – Operations Manager at ZEGA LIMITED

Our Power Factor Solutions also work with generators to further save on your monthly diesel fuel expenses.

WHO USES POWER FACTOR CORRECTION EQUIPMENT?

You’ll find our equipment in steel production, tobacco processing, farm facilities, fisheries, abattoirs, dairies, food processing, cold room storage and even flower wholesalers. 

Our Power Factor Correction equipment is the only PFC equipment guaranteed to operate in the rigours of the Kenya climate. Our standard units operate at altitudes up to 2000 metres above sea level and temperatures of up to 65C. Units to operate at altitudes above 2000 metres can be made upon request.

Our energy saving equipment has a typical pay-back time of 12 months. And it’s so good that every unit we supply comes with a Full 5 Year Guarantee.

POWER FACTOR CORRECTION EQUIPMENT – WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE TO YOU?

When you decide to invest in Power Factor Equipment special considerations must be made for the demanding conditions posed by our Kenyan climate and topography.

In the table below you can see a comparison of all the companies available. We’ve also compared all the Key Factors that are most important when investing in PFC equipment for your business.

SIX good reasons to only ever choose OPP

 

1. MAXIMUM OPERATING ALTITUDE

Capacitors are the key component of your PFC equipment – install inferior capacitors and your PFC equipment is very likely to fail.

At higher altitudes (like we have in Kenya) air pressure is much lower, that means that your PFC equipment must be made from the best quality capacitors available – otherwise the capacitors will split open, leak corrosive acid and melt.

All our PFC units are fitted with Vishay High Specification Capacitors as standard, also found on the Airbus A380, the most advanced passenger jet ever built. As you see from the comparison table, our PFC equipment is the only one guaranteed to operate at higher altitudes.

This is what happens if you install inferior quality capacitors.

2. FORCED AIR VENTILATION

It’s not unusual for outdoor temperatures in Kenya to reach 50 degrees. But inside your electrical control room temperatures can become intense, and inside the cabinets it gets even hotter.

Without proper cooling, ventilation circuits overheat and it’s not uncommon for components to melt. That’s why we install forced air ventilation on all our PFC equipment, as standard – our larger units are fitted dual forced air systems. For your unit its like having an air-conditioning system and that guarantees many years of trouble free operation.

3. TEMPERATURE ALARM

Even with all the above specification and safeguards, sometimes operating conditions can become extreme and result in damage to your PFC equipment and plant.

That’s why every unit we build comes fitted with temperature alarms, as standard. Any problems and you’ll be warned ahead of time.

4. REDUCE YOUR DIESEL GENERATOR FUEL CONSUMPTION

The use of diesel generators to replace lost mains power is rapidly increasing. We are proud to say that our Power Factor Correction Equipment is the only technology available anywhere that works with generators to further save on your monthly diesel fuel bills.

Savings of at least 10% are the guaranteed, but we’ve also seen savings in excess of 30%.

“WE USED TO EXHAUST OUR 600 LITRES DIESEL FUEL TANK IN 12-13 HOURS OF CONTINUOUS USE. BUT SINCE THE INSTALLATION OF OPP’S POWER FACTOR CORRECTION THE SAME TANK OF DIESEL NOW LASTS 17 HOURS. THIS REPRESENTS A SAVING OF AROUND 30%.”

You’ll find more information about this special feature throughout our website.

5. OUR 5 YEAR GUARANTEE

Our technology is so good that every unit we supply comes with a Full 5 Year Guarantee. It’s unlikely that you’ll ever need it, but we give it to you so you have complete peace of mind.

*SAVE 25% on PHASE 3 electricity bills

*SAVE 10% on DIESEL fuel bills

*PAY for your investment (savings you make) in 12 months or less

(*Key Benefits for your business may exceed the stated figures, subject to site survey, data logging and technical report)

Power Factor Correction Challenge

Learn everything you need to know about PFC is 15 minutes or less! 

1. What is the problem with electricity in Southern Africa?

Every year in Southern Africa 100’s of Millions of kw’s of electricity (almost $5 billion dollars in value) is lost and wasted.

If you own or operate a business in Southern Africa, you are the one paying for these ever increasing losses.

Total Electricity Losses by Country

  • Zambia: $57 Million/year
  • South Africa: $2.7 Billion/year
  • Zimbabwe: $17 Million/year
  • Kenya: $1.2 Billion/year

THE BACKGROUND

In other countries like the UK and Northern Europe the electricity infrastructure has received continual investment and development.

But in Africa the electricity infrastructure is outdated, poorly maintained and leaking like a bucket full of holes.

Across Southern Africa 100’s of Millions of kw’s (billions of dollars in value) are lost every year. This waste of electricity is called a Reactive Loss – we also call it Power Factor.

RECENT HISTORY

ZESCO conducted their own Power Factor surveys since 1995. And according to their report “80 percent of the clients surveyed operate at a Power Factor of 0.5 to 0.8” – meaning 8 out of 10 companies in Zambia are losing somewhere between 20% and 50% of all the electricity they purchase.

Companies like yours pay for this electricity (it passes the meter), but then it is lost.

Our own detailed measurements (carried out in Zambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya) show an average Reactive Loss of 22%.

Some of the companies we helped were losing 40% of all the electricity they buy.

2. Is the problem getting better or worse?

Still no proper investment in infrastructure – Southern Africa continues to lose billions of dollars worth of electricity every year.

Instead of solving the problem at source, power companies respond with price increases, fines and penalties.

  • ZESA Zimbabwe: 2019 electricity prices increase by 320%. 2021, another 30% increase.
  • ESKOM South Africa: in the last 10 years prices have roughly tripled. Expected to rise a further 25% by 2022.
  • ZESCO Zambia: 2015 electricity prices increased by 187%. 2017 increased by 50%. 2019 75% price increase. 2021 15% increase.

For some companies cost increases will be the difference between profit and loss. Survival or failure.

Using PFC equipment to control and minimise your costs is now more important, and more valuable than it’s ever been.

3. Is there a solution to this problem?

In the longer term, wide-scale infrastructure investment is the solution.

But for now the only solution that can help you to reduce costs and save money is Power Factor Correction (PFC) Equipment.

Power Factor Correction in Action

The video below shows our power factor equipment in operation on a 3 PHASE electricity supply in Zambia.

Before the OPP unit is switched on, you see the L3 measurement drops as low as 0.73 in places, meaning that 27% of supply was being lost on that phase.

Remember it makes no difference whether the energy escapes, or you use it to work your machines. Either way, you have to pay.

When the PFC unit is switched on (around the 12 second mark) it immediately begins to correct the supply. It takes about 10 seconds to make the necessary adjustments (correcting to Pf 0.99/1.00) meaning 99-100% of the supply is now being utilised. Almost zero wastage.

In this particular case, monthly electricity expenses were reduced by 18% and reactive penalties/fines were also completely eliminated from all future bills.

4 - How does Power Factor Correction Equipment work?

Instead of your electricity becoming reactive/being wasted, PFC equipment uses capacitors to store the excess energy for you. 

You can think of capacitors like batteries that store power. But these are special batteries that charge very quickly. They absorb and store the excess power and then release it back into the system at the rate your machines need it. This way nothing is ever wasted again.

Another way to picture this is like an over-spill tank for water. So instead of your water/electricity overflowing and being wasted, the over-spill tank stores the water so it can be used later. This is what our Power Factor Correction Equipment will do with your electricity supply.

5. What difference will PFC make to my business?

1. The savings you will make

  • Save *25% on your phase 3 commercial electricity bills
  • Save *10% on your monthly diesel fuel generator expenses
  • Continue to control costs and make savings for years to come

*Key Benefits for your business may exceed the stated figures, subject to site survey, data logging and technical report.

2. Increase your capacity/Reduce Energy Consumption – kw/h losses

  • Remove Reactive Power Charge Penalties on Energy Bills
  • Reduce Availability & Capacity Charges on Energy Bills
  • Reduce Maximum Demand based Charges on Energy Bills

3. Reduce damage to your equipment and plant

  • OPP PFC equipment will extend the working life and reduce maintenance of pumps, air-conditioning plants, fridges, chillers and lighting rigs.
  • PFC also reduces damage/wear to power cables, switch-gear and supply transformers.

4. The environmental benefits of power factor correction

  • Reduce your carbon emissions and make your business cleaner.
  • 10’s of millions of tons of carbon emissions could be eliminated if all companies implemented appropriate power factor correction.

6. Who uses Power Factor Correction equipment?

You’ll find our equipment in steel production, tobacco processing, farm facilities, fisheries, abattoirs, dairies, food processing, cold room storage and even flower wholesalers. 

Our Power Factor Correction equipment is the only PFC equipment guaranteed to operate in the rigours of the African climate. Our standard units operate at altitudes up to 2000 metres above sea level and temperatures of up to 65C. Units to operate at altitudes above 2000 metres can be made upon request.

Our energy saving equipment has a typical pay-back time of 12 months. And it’s so good that every unit we supply comes with a Full 5 Year Guarantee.

7. Can OPP also reduce my diesel fuel generator bills?

Yes we can. OPP Power Factor Correction Equipment is the only technology available anywhere that works with diesel generators.

Our units produce minimum diesel fuel savings of 10%, some of our units have recorded savings of almost 30%.

The video below shows one of our units in operation.

When the Power Factor Correction unit is turned off (after 10 seconds), the load on the generator increases by around 22%. Which means that if they didn’t have this unit that generator would increase its fuel consumption by 22%.

You can see the bottom line measures Power Factor (PF). When the unit is on The PF is 99-100%, and when we switch it off it drops to 78%.

Calculate 22% off your own monthly diesel fuel bill – that’s the type of savings you’ll make with OPP.

8. Can OPP help to remove Reactive Charge Fines and Penalties from my electricity bills?

OPP Power Factor Correction targets power factor Pf 0.95 or better, which in most cases will remove reactive power charges and penalties from all your future electricity bills.

Reactive fines and penalties are already being imposed in Kenya and Zimbabwe. Any day now companies in Zambia and South Africa will also face the same fines/penalties/further costs increases.

Below you see a Zesco Bill with Reactive Penalty Charges included.

Electricity Bill 25,406ZMK. Power Factor Surcharge/Fine/Penalty 13,464ZMK – that’s a 53% increase in cost for this company.

9. What is the Typical Payback Period for an investment in Power Factor Correction?

The pay-back period for OPP power factor correction systems may shock you.

Our units pay for themselves (the savings they make) in months. Sometimes it’s even less than that.

To estimate your savings and the pay-back on your investment in Optimised Power Products PFC equipment, visit this page and use our PFC Calculators.

10. What do I need to think about when choosing my PFC supplier?

You need to think about the African climate and topography.

And you need to make sure that your PFC equipment is able to withstand the demands of extreme heat and high altitude.

11. What do customers say about OPP?

“We used to exhaust our 600 litres diesel fuel tank in 12-13 hours of continuous use. But since the installation of power factor correction from Optimised Power Products, the same tank of diesel now lasts 17 hours. This represents a saving of around 30%.”

– Gurende – Branch Manager at Pick n Pay Wholesale

“We have been using the Optimised Power Products PFC Unit and are very impressed by the results. We have realised a significant saving on our electricity bill, we use less Solar and our Generators are using about 10% less fuel. We now also run more machinery on the same Transformer since the PFC unit has freed up additional power.”

– Tinashe Mombeshora – Maintenance Manager at Novafeed Animal Feeds

“Since installation of OPP power factor correction the unit has given us great savings on our electricity bills. We are also very pleased with the service we received and are currently in the process of ordering further units for our other stores. It was very reassuring to be given a full 5 year warranty which no other company could offer us.”

– Niren Ramlaul – Operations Director at Spar Retail

OPP CALCULATORS: ESTIMATE YOUR SAVINGS, LOSSES AND PAY-BACK PERIOD ON YOUR INVESTMENT

*SAVE 25% on PHASE 3 electricity bills

*SAVE 10% on DIESEL fuel bills

*PAY for your investment (savings you make) in 12 months or less

(*Key Benefits for your business may exceed the stated figures, subject to site survey, data logging and technical report)

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