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Power Factor Improvement in Power Stations

Power Factor Improvement in Power Stations

Typically, both utilities and consumers have incentives for power factor improvement. For a utility, power factor improvement reduces system losses and increases the portion of generation capacity for productive use. In addition it can help maintaining voltage at desired level. Consequently, utilities often encourage consumers to maintain high power factors by applying tariff clauses which penalize consumers for low power factor.

Program Objectives

  1. Definitions of specific electrical terms.
  2. Relationship between voltage, current, and power versus time for alternating current circuits.
  3. The importance of minimizing current flow in AC electrical systems
  4. How power companies charge for the electricity they transport to their customers.
  5. How Capacitors actually correct for reactive power in industrial plants.
  6. How much money can be saved by implementing a Power Factor Correction program.


  • Engineers and Technicians in power plant & electricity supply industry
  • Technical Management Professionals and Department Leaders
  • Engineering Professionals from companies manufacturing and operating in power plants
  • Engineers and Technical Personnel in power utilities, petrochemical plants, service professionals of large infrastructure projects.
  • Participants need no specific requirements other than basic understanding of electricity and circuit theory and general knowledge of nature and operation of power system.


Day 1: 

  • Power Factor Correction Understanding
  • The nature of power factor correction
  • Causes of low power factors
  • Incentive for power factor correction
  • Voltage regulation
  • Opportunity for power factor correction
  • Methods of Reactive power compensation
  • Shunt capacitor
  • Series capacitor
  • Static var compensation SVC
  • Flexible AC transmission system FACT
  • Capacitor design and sizing
  • Capacitor installation
  • Control and protection
  • Harmonic impact on capacitors
  • Harmonic filters
  • Economical evaluation

Day 2: 

  • Reactive Power Control and Power Factor Correction in Power Station
  • Calculation for power factor correction
  • Capacitor design
  • Location of capacitor
  • Capacitor sizing
  • Capacitor specification
  • Capacitor installation and integrity
  • Metering instrument
  • Control gear and protection for power factor correction

Day 3:  

  • Power Factor Correction and Harmonics
  • Sources of harmonics
  • Impact of harmonics on power factor correction capacitors
  • Harmonic mitigation
  • Passive filters
  • Active filters
  • Adaptive power factor controllers 

Day 4: 

  • Economical Evaluation
  • Economical consideration
  • Degree of correction
  • Power factor dependent tariff
  • Financial saving and cash flow study
  • Factors influencing the life time of capacitors
  • Power factor standards
  • Reactive power coordination

Day 5:  

  • Capacitor Application
  • Power factor improvement of induction motors
  • Capacitor start induction motors
  • Power factor improvement of private owned generating plants
  • Power factor improvement of mining locations
  • Case Study

Training methods

  • The Training lectures.
  • The Group discussions.
  • The Training Workshops.

Places and dates for this program

06 Jan 2019 : 10 Jan 2019 2250 $

07 Jul 2019 : 11 Jul 2019 2750 $

Ministry of Heals
Saudi Arabian Airlines
Arabia Insurance Cooperative Company
Ministry of Housing
Dorectprate of Human Resources - Sharjah
Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority
The Holding Company for Water Supply and Sewerage

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