# Power factor and current relationship status

### True, Reactive, and Apparent Power | Power Factor | Electronics Textbook Reactive Power. We know that reactive loads such as inductors and capacitors dissipate zero power, yet the fact that they drop voltage and draw current gives. A load with a low power factor draws more current than a load with a high power As long as the motor operates in this condition the pf of load (motor) does not. We hope to give you an easy explanation of what power factor is, and to answer the following . low power factor results when KW is small in relation to KVA.

Remember, this is the offset. The compass starts at 3 o'clock and rotates counter-clockwise in a full circle. We establish that the voltage's sine wave peaks at 0 degrees this is the reference. Lets look at cases where the currents leads or lags voltage by 45 degrees.

## Understanding Power Factor and why it’s important

See the graphic below. Current B lags the voltage by 45 degrees so the vector points down and to the right see below. Current A leads by 45 degrees it's happening 45 degrees ahead of voltage so it points up and to the right. Since the peak currents are 1 Amp, the RMS currents are 0. Adding Vectors This is almost as fun as connecting the dots an EE's childhood pastime. To add two RMS currents, simply put one vector at the end of the other remember to point in the correct direction, not degrees out.

The resultant, a straight line from where you started to where you ended, is the sum. The filter consists of capacitors or inductors, and makes a non-linear device look more like a linear load. An example of passive PFC is a valley-fill circuit. A disadvantage of passive PFC is that it requires larger inductors or capacitors than an equivalent power active PFC circuit.

Active power factor correction can be single-stage or multi-stage. In the case of a switched-mode power supply, a boost converter is inserted between the bridge rectifier and the main input capacitors. The boost converter attempts to maintain a constant DC bus voltage on its output while drawing a current that is always in phase with and at the same frequency as the line voltage. Another switched-mode converter inside the power supply produces the desired output voltage from the DC bus. This approach requires additional semiconductor switches and control electronics, but permits cheaper and smaller passive components.

It is frequently used in practice. For a three-phase SMPS, the Vienna rectifier configuration may be used to substantially improve the power factor. That feature is particularly welcome in power supplies for laptops. Dynamic PFC[ edit ] Dynamic power factor correction DPFCsometimes referred to as "real-time power factor correction," is used for electrical stabilization in cases of rapid load changes e. DPFC is useful when standard power factor correction would cause over or under correction.

Importance of power factor in distribution systems[ edit ] 75 Mvar capacitor bank in a kV substation Power factors below 1. This increases generation and transmission costs. For example, if the load power factor were as low as 0. Line current in the circuit would also be 1. Alternatively, all components of the system such as generators, conductors, transformers, and switchgear would be increased in size and cost to carry the extra current. When the power factor is close to unity, for the same KVA rating of the transformer more load can be connected . But practically, there exists a phase difference between them. The cosine of this phase difference is termed as power factor. It can be defined and mathematically represented as follows: Lagging Power Factor When current lags behind the voltage, the power factor of the circuit is called 'Lagging' When the circuit is inductive, the pf is lagging.

The loads such as induction motorscoils, lamps, etc are inductive and have Lagging pf. Leading Power Factor When current leads the voltage or voltage lags behind the currentthe power factor of the circuit is called 'Leading'.

### Power factor - Wikipedia

When the circuit is capacitive, the pf is leading. Capacitive loads such as Synchronous condensers, capacitor banks etc draw leading current. Such circuits have leading power factor. Unity Power Factor Power factor is unity i. Practically, it should be as close to unity as possible. If power factor is low, following problems are encountered: We can see that current is inversely proportional to pf. As stated above, for low pf, the current drawn is high. Hence copper losses I2R losses will also be high. This decreases the efficiency of the equipment.