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Kwh Vs Kvar In A Power Distribution System

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#1 AB2005


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Posted 28 August 2011 - 07:30 AM

Hi Friends; ;)

In our 380V power distribution system, there is an energy analyzer installed on mains incoming just after transformer. the reading of EA is as following;

1) Kwhr = 1910000
2) Kvah = 1986000
3) Kvarh = 502500

Kwhr/Kvah reveals that the average power factor remains at 0.96. But I could not understand that only 0.04 difference of power factor (between average PF and unity PF)resulted the 502543Kvarh reactive power flow from transformer. Can any body explain it?

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Posted 28 August 2011 - 10:42 AM

Hello AB2005

Draw a right angle triangle.

Along the base line, you have the KW
The vertical is the KVAR and the hypotenuse is the KVA

At a power factor of 0.96, the angle is arcos(0.96) = 16 degrees.

The value of the KVAR is equal to the KVA times sine(16) which comes out about right.

NOTE this assumes a constant load factor.
Where the load is variable, it is possible to accumulate KVARH, KWH and KVAH that do not add up or equal to the average.

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