Electricity has transformed economies and societies for more than a century. Most recently, personal computers, and then the Internet, and then smart phones have found new ways to convert electricity into value for billions of people. Underway now are robots, cloud services, 3D printing, block chain services and artificial intelligence. Teed up next are virtual reality, autonomous electric vehicles, and drone transport. The end is not in sight, and the pace is quickening. Each of these technologies changes behavior and increases the demand for high quality electrical power. As each new wave sweeps over the first world, the preceding waves continue to spread over the rest of the world. As the downsides of power generation are diminished and the capacity for low-impact generation and always-everywhere usage expands, demand will increase for a very long time to come.
Providing reliable, high-quality power has become an unexpectedly exciting challenge for century-old utilities. Distributed generation, the prospect of distributed storage, the awkward adolescence of the smart grid, climate change, aging infrastructure, the unpredictable enthusiasms of investors, commissioners, and elected officials, and even, perhaps, the shadowy intentions of would-be hackers guarantee that the excitement will continue.
The secondary is the frontier. This is where volatile demand and volatile new supply both hit the grid. Today, Pacific Volt offers solutions to the immediate problems on the secondary: overvoltage, undervoltage, sags, swells, transients and phase unbalance. These are not the only power quality issues, but they are a large share. Solving them saves energy and money, improves compliance and power quality, and buys time. Tomorrow, as the power ecosystem becomes ever more a multi-party collaboration, Pacific Volt will offer all participants high value, high performance, and high reliability in voltage regulation, to empower the next wave of value.