Today, it is no longer a question whether it would be beneficial for your business or organization to adapt environmentally friendly solutions as part of your company’s public brand and best practices. Instead, like most companies, you are probably on the look out for the most effective green solutions, that would deliver not only energy waste reduction, but also significant financial savings. In this case, consider Voltage Optimization (VPO), an energy saving technology that is quickly gaining a strong hold among big corporations, small businesses, retail locations, educational and medical facilities, and government organizations. By utilizing VPO technology, such as PowerProtector, you will quickly see major reductions in your site’s energy and carbon emissions, as well as your electric bill.
What is voltage optimization?
Since most buildings in Europe are supplied much higher voltage than is need to run all electric equipment ( which runs at 220V), you end up paying as much as 20% more in electricity that you do not actually need, and emitting as much as 15 % more CO2. Voltage optimization technologies correct this problem by utilizing a step-down transformer inside the building’s switch room to reduce the supplied over-voltage. As a matter of fact, voltage optimization is not a new practice – it has been successfully used for decades by power distribution companies to level demand spikes during peak times of the day/year.
Since the power supply and the electricity usage in every building is different, a VPO provider will need to come in and do an assessment of your site, to install a transformer optimized for your building’s power needs. After the initial appraisal, an experienced engineer will come in to conduct a site survey, collecting critical information such as the voltages, currents, maximum demand, types of equipment used, etc. This information helps to validate the appraisal and to determine the best method of implementation.
Next, a team of electrical installers will figure out where and how the VPO units will be installed. Customization means that it will be possible to have the installation even when space conditions are challenging. Creative installation solutions include: placing VPO units on a rooftop with a crane, building an external storage for the transformer, making custom enclosures for confined spaces, etc. After all of these factors are assessed, you will get an accurate installation price quote from your VPO provider.
Since VPO transformers cannot fail once installed, the danger of something going wrong is actually during the installation process itself. This is why it is imperative to work with a highly reputable and experienced VPO provider, such as PowerPerfector, a company designed to mitigate risks through optimal voltage management for businesses in the UK.
Advantages of voltage power optimization
Once your VPO transformers are installed, you will enjoy a number of benefits for years to come:
-Typically, sites with large lighting and office equipment loads, such as motors, refrigeration and air conditioning will realize the greatest electrical savings ( up to 30%). Office spaces that use traditional equipment can realize up to 12 % savings.
-Reduced CO2 emissions by 15-20%
-Prolonged service life of many of the electrical appliances on your site
-Long maintenance free – service life of the VPO unit itself (up to 50 years)
-Protection against transient events, which can wreak havoc in sensitive electronic equipment.
What is the ROI?
One of the reasons why so many companies and organizations are quick to utilize VPO technologies is because you will not need to wait around for years to see a return on your investment. The bigger your building and the more you spend on electricity, the faster your ROI will be. Research shows that if you spend over £160,000 annually on electricity, the payback will be as quick as 18 months from the time of installation. Overall, VPO equipment delivers an average of 25% ROI, but the payback is often significantly higher.