Voltage power optimisation unlocks savings
Australian business technology and services provider Forum Group has recently acquired powerPerfector Australia, a company providing voltage power optimisation (VPO).
Positioning itself as a cost-neutral way to reduce energy use in buildings and save on electricity bills, the powerPerfector solution is a discreet unit installed in the switchboard to monitor and reduce the oversupply of power. Average power savings are claimed to be around 10 to 20 percent with annual savings of up to $34,000 depending on the size of the building.
VPO is different from basic voltage optimisation or voltage reduction, which are broadly the same thing – a reduction in voltage across a site, which offers savings and lower pricing. However, VPO not only offers savings, it also improves power quality and protects against voltage surges under 5000 volts.
Small and medium businesses
Previously, smaller customers, particularly small and medium businesses, have been priced out of the market for VPO technology due to the upfront capital investment required. Forum Group provides its VPO unit on a flexible financial program and says that the return from the first months actually covers the initial cost of the unit, so there is zero cost outlay. It, therefore, makes the solution more accessible for businesses of all sizes looking to address energy savings.
“Businesses may overlook monitoring and managing their energy consumption, as it can be time-consuming and expensive,” says Sam Davey, sales manager at Forum Group. “The solutions can also be costly, as well as extremely slow to provide any return on investment. powerPerfector is a simple solution to these problems, providing an immediate three to 10 percent improvement in power factors. On average, the savings from VPOs are calculated at 10 to 20 percent.”
There are over 500 powerPerfector VPO units installed Australia-wide, averaging thousands of dollars in savings for each of the businesses involved. “The installation of powerPerfector at Adelaide Town Hall has reduced electricity consumption by 9.3 percent, an annual saving of over $30,000,” says Davey.
Alternative energy saving solutions such as solar panels can often be expensive and difficult to install given the amount of physical space they occupy and their reliance on available daylight. In contrast, the powerPerfector VPO units are largely install-and-forget solutions, requiring minimal maintenance and physical space, and they work 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “While our VPO units are delivering energy savings, they also help minimise wear and tear on electrical equipment by reducing the over-voltage delivered to the system, this equates to less electrical maintenance costs,” concludes Davey.
For more information visit: www.powerperfector.com.au