In power audit, we perform logging using our special meters to ascertain among others
- Power quality parameters such as voltage, currents, harmonics and power factor
- Extent of phase balancing
- Load profiles (KVA and kW Demand)
- Verification of billing in comparison to Kenya Power’s
What Happens During Power Audit
Power Audit entails the following:
- Data Logger(s) is/are hooked at the mains supply by our engineers
- Configuration of the loggers/meters is done using our special software
- Real-time recording of all the power quality measurements in done for at least one week at preferred intervals, usually after every one minute
- After the logging duration elapses, the loggers/meters are unhooked from the mains supply and data downloaded and reports generated using special software
- The reports generated are interpreted and results given to the client for actioning.
Importance of Power Audit
Electricity with a bad quality is dangerous and uneconomical at both utility and consumer end. There is a big need to focus on the quality of power being supplied to the loads. A power Audit plays a major role in informing the consumer on the quality of power that is being feed into the system/equipment. Among the main benefits of Power Audit are:
1. Increased Safety
Poor quality power, such as high harmonics and low voltages, can lead to overheating of equipment and imminent breakdown. Overheated equipment can sometimes catch fire and this can result to loss of life, business and profitability.
2. Save Money and Maintain Productivity
Results from power audit can inform the premise owner of the power quality issues that require attention hence minimize/eliminate any power interruptions that can lead to downtimes and reduce productivity.
3. They Allow for New Machinery
Power audit provides information on loading patterns. This informs the premise owner of the impacts on new/additional machinery to the existing electrical infrastructure. A power quality study can tell you if you need to upgrade your service or increase the size of your panel in order to keep your efficiency and productivity the same, if not better.
4. Verification of the Billing and Tariffs
In Kenya, billing system is based on tariffs/classes depending on energy consumption levels. A power audit informs the customer on approximate energy consumption and demand. This helps to verify one is in the right tariff and if whatever is billed is what is consumed.