We take electricity for granted, yet without it, where would we be? Have a quick look around you now, whether you’re at home or in the office, and count how many items you can see that need electricity to function. It’s quite a few, isn’t it? If you’re at home, perhaps in the kitchen, you may have counted a kettle, lights, oven, toaster, perhaps a microwave, a fridge and freezer, and many more.
If you’re not in the kitchen, there’s your TV, stereo, and many other items that may require electric power to operate. At work it’s another thing again: computers, machinery, air conditioning, heating systems, alarms all require electric power, and it doesn’t stop there.
As we said, we take it for granted, so where does it come from? Electricity is generated in power stations, or by alternative methods we will come to in a moment. Across the world, power stations tend to be either coal, oil or nuclear powered. The former two require the use of fossil fuels that are not finite – they will eventually run out – while the latter is a controversial method that comes with some problems.
Alternative electricity generating methods include solar power, wind farms and tidal generators, and much research is going on into these methods. So, from your point of generation, what happens next? The electricity needs to be transferred via a network of cables to homes and businesses for use, and this involves the use of many voltage transformers, which are essential in getting the best out of the transfer of electricity from one place to another.
One of the problems with transferring electricity from one place to another – often over quite considerable distances – is that there will be inevitable energy loss: what leaves the power station at the source will be far more than what arrives at the destination. There are many contraptions designed to help with this, and along the way, voltage transformers are used to help with efficiency.
Like all such items, voltage transformers need to be checked on a regular basis in order to make sure they are operating to maximum efficiency. This is why testing them is a major part of the efficient running of any electricity network. You can also find such transformers on a smaller scale in industrial and commercial machinery and equipment and here, too, there can be energy loss if the machinery is not correctly aligned or calibrated.
Testing Voltage Transformers
Before we go on, one important point: unless you are qualified and experienced, you must never tamper with a voltage transformer of any type or size. Electricity is dangerous, and the sheer amount of power that is transferred through some of these transformers is colossal, and could easily kill a person.
This is why an expert in the field must always be used for checking such items; they will have the right equipment, and know how to implement the safety routines that are involved in dealing with high-voltage equipment. They will also know exactly where to look to find the usual, more common problems, and to understand the complex issues that can lead to excessive loss of energy at the transformer junction, which is why you should turn to Powerpoint Engineering.
Checking a voltage transformer regularly is something that should be done as routine, as it is inevitable that – in time – things will go wrong, connections will deteriorate and work loose, and as a result, costs will rise as a result of energy loss. Get the experts in to have a look at your voltage transformer requirements, and make sure that your network is not suffering from excessive wastage – it could save you a lot of money.