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02/25/14 Power Factor Seminar PQ-102 (Mundelein) IEPA#7921

When: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Registration begins at 7:30am
Where: Mundelein Fire Dept #1
1000 North Midlothian Road
Mundelein, Illinois  60060
United States
Presenter: John Houdek, Allied Industrial Marketing
Contact: Lisa Hoffhines

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Power Factor Seminar (PQ-102)

CEU TYPE: Technical
Electrical Maintenance

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND THIS SEMINAR: The water industry consumes a considerable amount of electricity to operate electric pump motors.  In the USA, about two thirds of electricity consumption is for the purpose of operating electrical motors.  For the water industry, the percentage is probably higher. With electricity representing such a significant portion of the operating costs, it makes sense to assure the most effective use of the electrical resources.  By improving power factor, energy costs associated with low power factor may be eliminated.  Additionally, kVA demand charges may be reduced as can branch circuit conductor power losses.

COURSE SUMMARY: As commercial and industrial companies continue to strive for greater energy efficiency, lower energy costs and better utilization of their electrical resources, knowledge of power factor has become essential for people in the electrical services industry.

With the technological advances that have occurred in electrical and electronic equipment, power factor has grown into three types (displacement, distortion and total power factor). Only when all three are understood and addressed in the electrical system can maximum efficiency be attained. High total power factor can improve electrical system reliability, process & production equipment up-time, and reduce energy costs through elimination of power factor charges.

This four hour seminar course explains the three types of power factor, from a cause and effect basis and then teaches the intricacies of each type along with the methods to improve each power factor. The seminar demonstrates how to size power factor capacitors for various types of situations and the pitfalls to be avoided.

Several real life examples are worked as a group to demonstrate the techniques used to perform analysis of power factor, size power factor equipment and to quantify the expected results and ROI.

Upon completion of this course, participants should have a meaningful understanding of the various types of power factor, the impact that low power factor has on electric power systems, the causes of low power factor, methods to analyze power factor and methods to improve power factor.

This course is applicable to electrical industry professionals serving either industrial or commercial environments. For maximum benefit of this course, participants should have an understanding of basic electrical principles such as Ohms law, power, electrical metering, motors and general electrical equipment and systems.

  1. Introduction 15 minutes
    1. Definition of power factor
    2. Benefits of high power factor
    3. Problems with low power factor
    4. Types of Power Factor
  2. Fundamental Frequency (Displacement) Power Factor 150 minutes
    1. Motor currents and PF
    2. Typical PF by industry
    3. Lagging (inductive) current
    4. Leading (capacitive) current
    5. How much capacitance to add
    6. Harmonic resonance
    7. Detuning capacitors to avoid resonance
    8. Capacitor boosting (Voltage, kVAR, current)
    9. Local vs. Centralized capacitors
    10. Fixed vs. automatic PF capacitor systems
    11. Capacitor switching device ratings
    12. Cost of low power factor
  3. Distortion Power Factor 45 minutes
    1. Estimating distortion PF based on harmonic current distortion
    2. Causes of low distortion power factor (harmonic distortion)
    3. Typical current distortion by equipment
    4. What does harmonic current distortion look like?
    5. Improving distortion PF
  4. Total (true rms) Power Factor 30 minutes
    1. Function of both displacement and distortion PF
    2. Best practices
    3. Decisions to be made about total PF
John Houdek, Allied Industrial Marketing
John Houdek is president and co-owner of Allied Industrial Marketing, Inc. (Cedarburg, WI, USA), a company that specializes in electrical power quality. John serves the power quality industry as an un-biased resource for a variety of power quality services including problem diagnosis, harmonic analysis, filter design, computer simulation, training and seminars as well as technical marketing support for key components used for the assembly of high performance power quality equipment.

Prior to forming Allied Industrial Marketing, John held senior management positions for two electrical power quality equipment manufacturers. John earned an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management in 1989 and has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology from MSOE, where he is also a part time lecturer.

John is an adjunct assistant professor at MSOE (Milwaukee School of Engineering) where he teaches a course in electrical power quality. He has presented power quality seminars and training programs throughout North America, in Europe, Asia and South America and has authored many technical papers which have been published or presented throughout the world.

REGISTRATION & HOURS: Registration begins at 7:30am. The training will start at 8:00am and will conclude by 12:00pm. Earn up to 4 Professional Development Hours (PDH's) for engineers or Renewal Training Credit (RTC) hours for water operators. Continental breakfast will be included.

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