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Power Conditioning and Control Applications for Energy Conservation
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Electrical power conditioning and control (PCC) systems are finding cost effective applications in AC motor drives, lamp ballasts and power supplies. Substantial system efficiency improvements are being realized when the appropriate PCC system is coupled to an existing process. Improvements made in fabricating power semiconductors, increased power handling capabilities and advanced circuit designs will continue to reduce the cost per watt of service. Three generic PCC systems were identified as possessing significant potential for energy conserving applications: switching power supplies, high frequency ballasts and AC synthesizers. On a national basis, it was estimated that industry could conserve 8.5, 42.2, 109.7 terawatt-hrs. (1012 watt-hrs.) of electricity in the years 1985, 1990, and 2000 respectively, based on conservative penetration scenarios.
SubjectElectrical Power Conditioning and Control (PCC)
Switching Power Supplies
High Frequency Ballasts
Brushwood, J. S. (1982). Power Conditioning and Control Applications for Energy Conservation. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from