Global specialist in energy management and automation Schneider Electric has announced the expansion of its internet of things (IoT)-connected PowerLogic power factor correction (PFC) low voltage capacitor solutions to National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). Particularly, this covers the entire North America market.
PowerLogic PFC capacitor banks can reduce reactive energy billing penalties. For that reason, these can enhance new or existing power management applications. In addition, these can respond to power factor to ensure a high performing power network and alarms.
PowerLogic PFC’s smart monitoring and measurement capabilities optimize performance and maintenance. Hence, this allows either on-site or remote management of your low voltage capacitor bank.
Data from the Schneider Electric’s PowerLogic PFC unit goes to a gateway concentrator, which then provides the information to energy management systems or the building management system (BMS). Users can also view via the gateway’s in-built web pages. Moreover, customized e-mail alarms enable facility managers to remotely monitor functions. These include temperature, harmonics, voltage, and overload. In essence, providing better load management, improved reliability, and improved efficiency of electrical installations. The solution is perfect for new construction or retrofit applications in commercial buildings, industrial, and utility enterprises.
Among the features include standards-compliant and reliable robust Modbus TCP/IP communication, with zero impact on installation and materials. The platform is also configurable overload and short-circuit protection. In addition, it is also adaptable and scalable capabilities so it’s simple to adapt as business needs are modified.
“An IoT-connected PowerLogic PFC smart low voltage capacitor bank is a unique new element in a NEMA-based power and energy monitoring system. It installs quickly and easily and can be adapted to suit any power architecture. In addition, users can view their power factor data in real time either from a dedicated web page or from a power management system,” noted Jitendra Singh, Vice President of Power Quality for Schneider Electric.
“In the past, power factor correction units were stand-alone units. Today, our customers need to know how their equipment is functioning on critical loads, and to better interact with their installations. In fact, a business operating without this IoT-enabled strategy is overlooking enormous new opportunities to impact energy efficiency, reduce their carbon footprint, and create new value.”
PowerLogic PFC low voltage capacitor banks are the latest key elements in the EcoStruxure Power platform. They are part of Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure architecture, the open and interoperable system architecture for building, grid, industry, and data center customers. PowerLogic PFC is a significant addition to the company’s industry leading connected products offers and is a valued new platform within a connected and integrated power distribution network.