By Jorlan Peeters | February 2022
Improving Power Quality: the shortest route to lower CO2 emissions
"By 2050, the entire European Union is to be climate-neutral, according to the European Climate Act, adopted by the European Council at the end of June 2021. To achieve this, greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union will soon have to be substantially lower than they were in 1990 – to be precise: a reduction of 55%, or 14.3 Mton, by 2030."
"The EU and the Dutch government plan to implement CO2 taxation to encourage companies to switch to sustainable sources and take energy-saving measures. Germany introduced a CO2 tax some time ago. On 1 January 2021, a levy on industrial greenhouse gas emissions was introduced in the Netherlands. The Dutch Emission Authority (NEa) is responsible for implementing this scheme. This levy applies to companies that fall under the European Emission Trading System (EU ETS), as well as to waste incineration plants and companies that emit large amounts of N2O. To offer companies the opportunity to adjust their processes, they are initially exempted from part of the emissions, but this exemption will gradually be phased out."
"In 2023, the Dutch government will also introduce a CO2 tax for households, businesses and transport. The higher the emissions, the higher the tax. According to research bureau CE Delft, this is a requirement for achieving the climate ambitions. The higher costs will initially be compensated by a reduced energy tax, but by 2030 the emission charges will have increased considerably."
A good Power Quality as a basis
"Many companies would like to switch to 'clean' electricity, but the current supply does not match demand everywhere. However, these companies often do not realize that they can already significantly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, simply by examining the efficiency of their electricity consumption and taking appropriate measures. This starts with good Power Quality - the quality of voltage and current. In addition to benefits such as getting more power from existing installations, reducing management costs and extending the life of the network, good Power Quality also ensures permanent reduction of CO2 emissions."
"Eliminating waste and optimizing energy consumption reduces heat and transmission losses on equipment and systems, which in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, good Power Quality supports the energy transition, with electrification of, for example, heating and traffic, cuts CO2 emissions through reduced use of fossil fuels. Power Quality optimization also plays an important role in the efficient storage and transmission of sustainable power from a variety of sources such as solar panels and wind turbines."
"Factors that influence power quality have a strong effect on the efficiency of a network, and therefore also on CO2: Variations in voltage, excessive reactive power, or harmonic distortion, for example. Monitoring of the electrical installation and the network is essential for optimization. This helps reduce CO2, NOx and SOx emissions, and makes the distribution network more robust. Based on the information obtained, various steps can be taken: implementing voltage stabilizers, Active Harmonic Filters, overvoltage capacitors, load balancing, or correcting the power factor by optimizing the ratio between actual power (kW) and apparent power (kVA)."
"In short: dealing with Power Quality in a smart way helps companies get more out of existing networks, facilitate the energy transition and electrification, and make a positive contribution to reducing CO2 emissions."
"HyTEPS can advise and support in this. Through our knowledge, services and technologically innovative products, we help optimize the energy efficiency, continuity and safety of electrical installations. This not only results in lower emissions and demonstrable compliance with all rules and regulations, but also brings considerable cost savings."