What is a Smart Transformer?
As an integral part of the Smart Grid, smart transformers both work independently to constantly regulate voltage and maintain contact with the smart grid in order to allow remote administration if needed and to provide information and feedback about the power supply and the transformers themselves.
Through a process known as voltage optimization, a smart transformer provides the exact amount of power that is needed, and responds instantly to fluctuations within the power grid, acting as a voltage regulator to ensure that the optimized voltage is undisturbed.
Because they directly reduce energy consumption, smart transformers therefore directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well. As a recognized Smart transformers are a ready and significant source of LEED Points for any business or organization in pursuit of LEED certification. This makes them an important part of any energy retrofit or lighting retrofit.
While smart transformers immediately reduce power consumption by providing a stable, optimal power supply that supplies electrical equipment with its ideal voltage, they also protect electrical equipment from power fluctuations – thereby helping electrical equipment last longer.
Smart transformers are programmed to, as a default, provide an voltage optimized power supply that directly addresses their facility’s energy needs. Additionally, through their smart grid connectivity, smart transformers can be administered dynamically, allowing facilities to monitor and manage the transformers directly during periods of power fluctuation, and helping them ensure that their power supply remains voltage optimized even when new demands are being placed upon it.
Most appliances are designed to work with a percentage of voltage away from the base. A smart transformer delivers voltage directly at the base, which means appliances work at their most efficient – they last longer and use less power.
Smart Transformers can help large commercial facilities use power more efficiently to save money, power its and go greener. They have been successfully deployed to save energy for organizations such as Ikea, Science World, and BC Hydro: