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White Paper: Power Factor Correction — A Practical Guide

Source: Maysteel LLC

By Nicholas A. Losito, Jr., Director - Power Systems, Maysteel, LLC

This guide has been written to provide the maintenance engineer or plant engineer with a basic understanding of power factor. The guide also demonstrates that by correcting poor power factor loads with power capacitor banks, the capacity of the electrical system can be increased while simultaneously reducing the electric utility bills. The pitfalls of installing power capacitor banks on electrical systems that have non-linear loads are also presented.