Birmingham company, Power Capacitors in Tyseley, has a credible claim of contributing to a huge reduction in the UK’s carbon emissions over its 40 year history.

Established in 1973, long before the mainstream carbon reduction agenda hit the headlines, the huge part that the company has played in the carbon reduction scenario is almost impossible to calculate.

They specialise in a technology called “Power Factor Correction” which can considerably reduce industrial energy bills whilst recovering its initial cost within two years.

Many industrial energy consumers have resigned themselves to paying a hefty penalty imposed by their energy provider called a “Reactive Charge” which can run into hundreds of pounds a month.

This is because they have a poor power factor which is a reflection of their inefficient use of electrical energy.

Power Capacitors can offer a relatively simple solution. They have been installing and maintaining Power Factor Correction technology since 1973, reducing energy bills and carbon output for thousands of industrial consumers.

“We have an idea how much product we have sold over 40 years, but not how much is still in operation,” said sales manager Tim Brown. “Although we are proud to say that we have customers still operating our equipment containing original components that were installed in 1977.

“The total carbon dioxide reduction could realistically be as much as four million tonnes. With most Power Capacitor products producing a two year return on investment whilst at the same time energy costs are unlikely to reduce, it’s easy to see how attractive a proposition Power Factor Correction is.”

Carl Brampton with a pallet of capacitors at Power Capacitors based in Tyseley, Birmingham.
Carl Brampton with a pallet of capacitors at Power Capacitors based in Tyseley, Birmingham.
 

Birmingham Yardley MP John Hemming paid a visit to Power Capacitors’ Tyseley base to investigate this incredible achievement and help them celebrate 40 years in business.

He is certainly qualified to agree as amongst his many talents he specialised in atomic & nuclear physics at university and was naturally impressed by the technology involved.

Mr Hemming said: “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.

“I would like to congratulate Power Capacitors on celebrating 40 years in business.”

Power Capacitors were invited to Westminster with a number of other Birmingham based companies to showcase the technology to an audience of MP’s, Lords and parliamentary staff.

The oldest private company specialising in the little known technology of Power Factor Correction, Power Capacitors has engineers throughout the UK.

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