In­dia needs in­cen­tive pol­icy for ef­fec­tive re­ac­tive power com­pen­sa­tion

Electrical Monitor - - INTERVIEW -

We hear of terms like power fac­tor cor­rec­tion, har­mon­ics man­age­ment, etc in the con­text of “power qual­ity.” What is the im­pact of power qual­ity on the over­all ef­fi­ciency in the power sec­tor? Good power qual­ity re­sults in high re­li­a­bil­ity, and hence the de­vel­oped coun­tries have de­vel­oped stan­dards for en­sur­ing that the power qual­ity is good and is main­tained through­out. In In­dia, power qual­ity is re­stricted to only power fac­tor and har­mon­ics, be­cause, to­day, there are in­cen­tives and penal­ties as­so­ci­ated with only th­ese two phe­nom­ena. What is the aware­ness of con­sumers, es­pe­cially in­dus­trial and com­mer­cial con­sumers, when it comes to power con­di­tion­ing? The aware­ness of the con­sumers (both end-con­sumers and elec­tric­ity util­i­ties) is in­creas­ing, but it has still not reached a point wherein we could de­sign for good power qual­ity at the pro­ject stage it­self. We look for reme­dies only when the prob­lem man­i­fests it­self and in many cases only when the prob­lem causes harm or loss to our sys­tem.

Or­ga­ni­za­tions like BEE, FICCI, APQI are now hold­ing road shows, sem­i­nars and con­fer­ences to in­crease aware­ness of the power qual­ity is­sues – har­mon­ics, in par­tic­u­lar. Do you think in­cen­tives and penal­ties im­posed by power util­i­ties are ef­fec­tive? Yes, 100 per cent! Had it not been for the in­cen­tives, the ca­pac­i­tor mar­ket would have not been grow­ing. And if had not been for the penal­ties for har­mon­ics in a par­tic­u­lar In­dian state, ac­tive har­monic fil­ter sales would not have peaked as had been wit­nessed in 2015.

The need of the hour is to have an in­cen­tive pol­icy for ef­fec­tive re­ac­tive power com­pen­sa­tion, thereby push­ing the cus­tomers, and their de­sign­ers to de­sign for power fac­tor cor­rec­tion and har­monic fil­ter­ing ac­cu­rately. When it comes to power con­di­tion­ing, tell us about the var­i­ous ser­vices that PMX of­fers. Our core ex­per­tise lies in de­sign­ing ex­cel­lent so­lu­tions for op­ti­mum re­ac­tive power com­pen­sa­tion. Our ma­jor prod­ucts are: Low volt­age au­to­matic power fac­tor cor­rec­tion pan­els (con­tac­tor based as well as thyris­tor based) An in­no­va­tive prod­uct for com­pen­sat­ing power fac­tor for fast and un­bal­anced load con­di­tion Har­monic Fil­ters: ac­tive, pas­sive and hy­brid Medium volt­age so­lu­tions for power fac­tor im­prove­ment and har­monic fil­ter­ing Our ex­per­tise in the field of power qual­ity and hands- on site ex­pe­ri­ence has al­lowed our R& D team to ex­plore fur­ther and de­velop prod­ucts like medium volt­age servo sta­bi­liz­ers, low volt­age three phases & sin­gle phase servo sta­bi­liz­ers, and K- rated iso­la­tion & ul­tra iso­la­tion trans­form­ers

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