What is a Power System Study and Why is it Important?
A power systems study is made up of various engineering analysis investigations. The goal of each is to have a safe, efficient and reliable power system for your facility under both normal and abnormal conditions. These extensive system studies include:
- Electrical Distribution Assessments (to discover what is going wrong)
- Electrical Load Monitoring
- Short Circuit Analysis
- Time-Current Coordination
- Power Factor Correction (to reduce surcharges)
- Motor Starting Analysis
- Motor Torque/Speed/Acceleration Analysis
- Harmonic Analysis
- Transient Analysis
- Load Flow
- Grounding and Bonding Analysis (for safety, to prevent ground-loops, to reduce dust explosions)
- Arc Flash Analysis
- Lightning Protection
As electrical consultants, our goal is to provide clients with safe, reliable and efficient systems that supports lives and livelihoods.
When do I need a Power System Study?
No one does a full suite of power system studies at the same time. Usually, over the life of a facility, we will be called to investigate and make recommendations to fix system-wide problems or to provide guidance on new installations or expansions.
What do I get out of a Power System Study?
You will be provided with:
- Technical information about your system under normal and fault conditions.
- Opportunities to reduce demand and energy costs.
- Reports highlighting problem areas.
- Recommendations on solutions and equipment to system-wide problems.
- Information on how and where energy is being used (electrical bills do not break it down to this level).
- Reassurance of protective device ratings.
- Help to avoid damage and injuries.
- Knowledge of the effects of harmonics and transients.
The final outcome of each power system study is information that will help you make the right decision about your electrical distribution system.