Replacing aging and inefficient transformers with Powersmiths high efficiency transformers can achieve the following benefits:
- Save Energy
- Improve Reliability
- Avoid Outages
- Electricity Savings
Electrical distribution transformers play a key role in delivering electrical power to buildings as all the electrical power supplied to the building flows through them. Whether equipment is plugged in and turned on or not transformers continue to operate. Consider their impact on electricity consumption. Some transformers waste as much as 20% of billed electricity.
Powersmiths E-Saver- C3 and T1000-C3 transformers exceed legislated efficiency standards (EPACT2005) to yield considerable savings. In fact Powersmiths C3 transformers meet the Candidate Standard Level 3 (CSL-3), the performance level deemed by the US Department of Energy to deliver the lowest lifecycle cost. In a typical 13 story office tower changing out older transformers can yield more than $10,000 dollars a year in electrical savings. (based on 10 cents per kWh)
Improved Power Quality and Reliability
Older transformers in existing buildings may not have been built to meet the load requirements of today. Over the years electrical distribution has changed very little, however the connected equipment has changed dramatically. This dramatic change is derived from both the type of equipment (mostly electronic in nature) and the density of installed equipment. The impact of this change has had a direct impact on power quality and transformer efficiency.
When newer electronic equipment is introduced into buildings with older electrical systems power quality and transformer efficiency can suffer. According to a Department of Energy study performed in 1996 electronic equipment can increase losses by as much as 2.7 times. In real terms this would mean that a transformer that has a name- plate efficiency of 97% in reality is operating closer to 90% or lower. The difference represents additional costs to operate the transformer. Replacing your older transformers with Powersmiths energy efficient E-Saver-C3 or T1000-C3 transformers can improve the reliability of your electronic equipment and significantly reduce electricity waste.
Many of today’s buildings were built thirty years ago and house transformers that are reaching the end of their useful life. Transformer failures are not common but their consequences are substantial. The best case scenario of a transformer is power outage until a replacement can be installed. The worst case scenario is -fire with toxic smoke. Given the risks/rewards replacing aging transformers is a prudent decision.