Power Capacitors Limited has been a leading specialist in Power Factor Correction and associated equipment based in Birmingham since 1973. In the mid 1980s Power Capacitors moved to its current office and manufacturing centre located at Redfern Road, Tyseley.
They are now recognised as one of the UK’s foremost exponents in this field. Their customers range from large multi-national manufacturing, financial and utility companies to SMEs and private individuals.
In March, an article in the Birmingham Post said that the company has a credible claim of contributing to a huge reduction in the UK’s carbon emissions over its 40-year history, long before the mainstream carbon reduction agenda hit the headlines. Sales manager Tim Brown estimates that “The total carbon dioxide reduction could realistically be as much as four million tonnes”.
The Post recorded the words of Birmingham Yardley MP John Hemming, who visited the factory: “We are all naturally concerned about the impact of global warming and rising energy costs in this country. “Power Factor Correction is proving to have had a significant impact in both these areas and will continue to do so”.
Power Capacitors went to Westminster on 11th May with a number of other invited Birmingham based companies to showcase the technology to an audience of MPs, Lords and civil servants at the “Birmingham – We still make things” event.
For the non-technical reader:
A search revealed that a capacitor is a device used to store electrical energy for a short period. It consists of one or more pairs of conductors separated by an insulator. In electric power transmission systems, it stabilises voltage and power flow.
‘Power Factor correction’ was also searched for: it can considerably reduce industrial energy bills whilst recovering its initial cost within two years, reducing power consumption, electricity bills, transformer and distribution equipment losses, voltage drops in long cables and increasing supply capacity and the life expectancy of electrical equipment.