Power quality describes the quality of voltage as well as current within an installation. Pollution in a yacht’s electric system can lead to a variety problems, from reduced efficiency in generators to fire and electrocution risk. Attention is increasingly being paid to power quality by classification societies such as DNV GL and Lloyds, emphasising the importance of this relatively unknown discipline.
Consequences of poor power quality
- Inefficient use of the capacity of generators and the installation
- Additional noise and wear on motors and generators
- Decreased reliability and increased maintenance downtime
- Fire hazard
- Increased maintenance costs due to increased wear of equipment
- Unnecessary energy losses
Solving Power Quality issues
There are several solutions to power quality problems, depending on the source. However the first step is always talking measurements. These provide insight into the cause and type of problems. Depending on the outcome of the measurement, preventive actions can be taken – such as installing filters or adjusting procedures.
Prevention is always better than the cure. During the design and construction phase of a yacht, simulations can be carried to predict possible problems. In addition, solutions such as active harmonic filters can be installed during the construction phase if harmonics are expected in the electrical network.
Main points of attention regarding Power Quality on Yachts
HyTEPS is your Power Quality partner
Through measurements, simulations and subsequent analysis, all Power Quality-related problems can be prevented or solved. HyTEPS has over 10 years of experience in the field of Power Quality. Yachts bring very specific challenges, often with very specific needs. HyTEPS can provide solutions to your problems.