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Article Date: 3rd May 2016

ABB Power Factor Correction finds an Extra 400 A for Thompsons of York

Power Factor Correction - Power Quality - Automatic Capacitor Banks

ABB Power - Thompsons of York

Thompsons of York is one of the largest animal feed compounders in the North of England. In Spring 2013, Simpson & Wood, the York-based electrical contractors, had become concerned that the existing power supply might not be able to support the increased production loads needed to meet the growing demand for the company’s products. Initially, it seemed that a major investment in new power infrastructure might be required. But aside from the huge cost and timescale issues, there was also very limited space for new equipment. Simpson & Wood decided to explore options for improving the efficiency of the existing site network and called in ABB’s specialist power quality consultancy service.

ABB’s first step was to carry out surveys at three key areas – the main switchboard, the secondary switchboard and blending shed which established that they were operating at a significantly low PF. The verdict was that suitable power factor correction equipment (PFC) would significantly improve efficiency in these areas, freeing up more than enough load to support the increased production levels.

In Summer 2013, ABB installed sophisticated Advance automatic capacitor banks in the three key areas surveyed. In total, this has saved 317 kVA, releasing 421 A of capacity. Not only has this enabled the existing power network to meet the demands of increased site production, it has also resulted in decreased electricity bills for Thompsons of York by reducing reactive power charges. The anticipated payback is less than four years.

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