20 Aug 2012 02:08:16
VO4HOME improves efficiencies
VO4HOME Ltd, developer and manufacturer of the innovative domestic voltage optimisation system, is pleased to announce it has recently completed a number of diverse installations. Although the energy saving potential of VO4HOME is well documented, and the primary reason for installing the innovative solution, the improvement in power quality is, for many, just as important.
One such installation was a recording studio located in the countryside, where the unstable power supply put the expensive equipment, which is valued at over £200,000, at risk. VO4HOME was commissioned to install a voltage optimisation unit to help balance the power supply and improve power quality. The owner of the recording studio has also seen a reduction in energy consumption and costs.
VO4HOME was also asked to supply a unit that would reduce the voltage to a flat in Fulham, where overvoltage was causing expensive appliances to shut down.
Speaking of the installations Geoff Clifton, VO4HOME business development manager said: “For any business, poor power quality can lead to high costs in terms of repair and lost production or service. Poor power quality also affects the home, where it can cause problems that reduce the operating efficiency of household appliances.”
VO4HOME also assisted a farmer whose milling machine was rendered useless due to high voltage and spikes. Upon his electrician’s recommendation, the farmer installed a VO4HOME voltage optimisation unit to both reduce and bring stability to the voltage. In addition, the company’s innovative technology helped a 5 star bunkhouse in Wales resolve the issue of recurring equipment failure due to regular voltage surges – the site hasn’t lost a water pump since VO4HOME was installed – whilst achieving energy savings of 17%.
“These installations are significant as potential customers and a number of electricians often question whether reducing the voltage to a property will cause problems with appliances,” said Clifton. “Many electricians argue that in lowering the voltage, the current drawn will increase. However, with a voltage optimisation device fitted, appliances will continue to draw the current needed to operate effectively.”
He added: “The principle of energy saving through voltage optimisation is that effective operation of a device will be delivered at any voltage within a set operating range, which is
216 - 254V in the UK. But above a certain optimum voltage, additional energy will be used for no improvement in performance. So a device that is designed to work anywhere in Europe will have an optimum operating point at 220V. Above this voltage the motor will deliver its rated power, but will use additional energy as heat and vibration. So by efficiently removing the difference between the supply voltage and optimum voltage, voltage optimisation brings all equipment to its most efficient operating point without affecting its performance.”
Commenting on the results achieved at the various sites, Clifton said: “The outcomes of these recent installations emphasise that, apart from the energy savings available through voltage optimisation, there is an additional and often overlooked benefit – marginally reduced voltage and the natural attenuation of spikes through VO4HOME can have a great effect on the efficiency and longevity of appliances.”
He concluded: “The results prove that whatever equipment you are running in your home or business, the inclusion of a VO4HOME voltage optimisation unit will give that equipment every chance of working more efficiently and lasting longer.”
Created by a team that has over 150 years combined experience in designing and manufacturing energy saving solutions, VO4HOME is a voltage optimisation system with a 14kW capacity that is designed for use in homes and the workplace. The unit optimises incoming voltage to a constant 220V and can help households and small businesses save around 330-500lbs of CO2 emissions per year.
The VO4HOME unit is easily fitted by electrical installers – it simply requires two wires in and two wires out to make it fully operational, a process that takes less than an hour – and does not require a change in consumer unit.