What is a Static Var Generator (SVG) and Why Might You Need One?

A Static VAR Generator (SVG) is a cutting-edge power electronics device designed to enhance power quality by addressing poor power factor and reactive power demand. Connected in parallel with electrical loads, SVGs offer dynamic, real-time solutions to these power quality issues.

Key Benefits of a Static Var Generator

Here are the primary advantages of implementing a Static Var Generator (SVG) in your electrical system:

  1. Save Money
    • By improving power factor, SVGs reduce kVA demand, leading to significant savings on network charges. Many of our clients have saved tens of thousands of dollars per year.
  2. No Ongoing Maintenance
    • SVGs have no spare parts like contactors or capacitors that need replacement. As long as the device is kept clean, there are no maintenance costs.
  3. Free Up Electrical Network Space
    • Improving power factor frees up capacity on the electrical network, allowing for increased production and the addition of new infrastructure without expensive upgrades.
  4. Dynamic Load Balancing
    • SVGs balance phase currents, reducing peak current and lowering your electrical bills.

Understanding Power Factor

Power Factor is a measure of how effectively incoming power is used in your electrical system, defined as the ratio of Real Power (kW) to Apparent Power (kVA).

  • Real Power (kW): Powers equipment and performs productive work.
  • Reactive Power (kVAr): Needed by equipment like transformers and motors to create a magnetic field for operation.
  • Apparent Power (kVA): The total power supplied, including both Real and Reactive Power.

A high power factor indicates efficient use of electrical power, while a low power factor suggests inefficiencies and higher costs.

To help illustrate the concept of Power Factor, we use a coffee analogy. Imagine a cup of coffee: the coffee itself represents Real Power (kW), which is the actual power used to perform work. The foam on top of the coffee represents Reactive Power (kVAr), which does not contribute to useful work but is necessary for certain equipment to operate. The total volume of the cup, including both the coffee and the foam, represents Apparent Power (kVA).

Power Factor Coffee Analogy

How SVGs Improve Power Factor

Traditional capacitor banks are often inadequate for modern electrical systems with numerous electronic loads. These systems require a more responsive solution. SVGs provide this by acting as a controlled current source that adjusts in real time to balance the phase angle of current and voltage, achieving a power factor close to unity.

Why Choose Our Static V Generator?

Our SVGs offer a turnkey solution to improve your power quality and comply with Australian Standards. Here’s how we simplify the process:

  1. Easy Setup
    • Provide us with basic information, and our team uses automated calculators to match you with the right solution. This eliminates the need for on-site studies, saving you time and money.
  2. Comprehensive Support
    • We deliver the SVG with all necessary mounting configurations, current transformers, and other infrastructure. Our team offers commissioning and technical support throughout the installation process.

Invest in our Static Var Generator to enhance your power quality, reduce costs, and ensure compliance with industry standards.

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Why should you purchase a Static Var Generator from Enginuity Power Solutions?

When you choose our SVG product, you are choosing the most simple, turnkey solution to improve your power quality and meet Australian Standards.

To set you up with the solution for your specific application, all we need is some very basic information that you or any maintenance electrician can easily gather. Our team then takes this data and, using a series of automated calculators, we can quickly match you with the right solution. This cuts out the need for on-site studies by engineering teams or specialist contractors which saves you time and money.

We will then ship out the product with all mounting configuration, current transformers, cabinet, and all other infrastructure required to fit on site. Commissioning and technical support is provided throughout the installation process.

Our Static Var Generators are certified for the Australian market and tested to the following standards:

IEC 61000-6-2:2019
IEC 61000-6-4:2019
IEC 62477-1:2012

**Certificate of Conformity EMC issued by TUV Rheinland

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