According to our client and customer logging data over the past 7 years, the average power factor across Southern Africa is a mere 0.78, resulting in a 22% inefficiency in the use of electrical energy by industry.
In response, utility companies like Zesco in Africa have started penalising industrial customers financially, as generating more power is not feasible without massive investments, which they lack funding for. Reactive penalties have made industry look to improve their power usage, and power factor correction (PFC) equipment offers a solution to this problem.
Installing PFC units in just half of the industrial sector would create an enormous amount of extra capacity, reducing load shedding and brownouts for all users, both domestic and industrial. The benefits of such a move are significant and far-reaching. In addition to eliminating the reactive penalties, the reduction in energy waste and the release of more energy into the grid will help ensure that power is available to everyone.
However, industry should recognise that it is their duty to help their fellow countrymen and women, who are most likely their customers anyway, by reducing energy waste and making power available to all. It’s also a win-win situation for them, as PFC units can save them a significant amount of money.
Overall, power factor correction equipment offers a practical and effective solution to Southern Africa’s energy inefficiency. By reducing energy waste and freeing up more energy for the grid, the installation of PFC units can help alleviate load shedding and brownouts for all users. Industry has an important role to play in reducing energy waste and ensuring that power is available to all, and the benefits of doing so are significant for everyone involved.
If you’re a business owner or decision maker, it’s time to take action and invest in power factor correction equipment. Not only will you be helping to reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable future, but you’ll also save money in the long run by reducing your energy waste and avoiding costly reactive penalties. Don’t wait until it’s too late and you’re facing power outages or financial penalties.
Contact OPP to see how we can help to improve your energy efficiency and make a positive impact on your bottom line and the environment.