Faraday Exchanger Performance Live Demonstration

Faraday Exchanger Performance Live Demonstration

The Faraday Exchanger is capable of managing voltage control, power factor control, and harmonics removal simultaneously. The results shown in this video are those demonstrated at the Faraday Grid launch event on December 12 2017. These results are recorded with a physical prototype and live electrical system.

The Faraday Exchanger is an entirely autonomous device. For the grid, it is a drop-in replacement that fits into the existing system. It requires no additional hardware, no additional connections, and adds no additional complexity.

When the FE is put into an electricity grid, the system sees significant network effects. With over 10 million simulations of varying grids, we are able to demonstrate that Faraday Grid can:

  • Double the amount of renewable energy that can be safely integrated into a network
  • Decrease losses in the network by an average of 7%
  • Decrease the requirement for balancing services by 40%
  • And increase the carrying capacity of the grid by 25%

The following video displays the Faraday Exchanger prototype performance.

1. The first test is voltage control.

The prototype is stepping voltage from 50V to 24V. As the input voltage changes, the output remains steady at our target level. If the control of the Exchanger is turned off, it defaults back to act as a standard transformer and the output voltage will drop to be in line with the input.

This is a dynamic system, so as we introduce variation to the input this is passed to the output. When the control is turned back on and we act as a Faraday Exchanger our output voltage returns to our steady 24V output target.

We can add random noise to this and still maintain our steady output. Maintaining voltage levels within our electricity grids is critical to allow a reliable and efficient energy supply.

2. The second test is Power factor.

Power Factor is the ratio of energy delivered to energy consumed. Ideally, we want this ratio to be 1 meaning there is no waste. If it goes below one we have an inefficient system.

Power factor is the ratio of energy delivered to energy consumed. Ideally, we want this ratio to be 1 meaning there is no waste. If it goes below one we have an inefficient system.

The power factor is determined by the load on the system, so with our control turned off if our load drops to a PF of 0.9 our input PF will drop. When our control is turned on our input PF returns to 1 despite the load. The FE is powerful enough to deal with PF down to 0.8 on a dynamic basis. As our load PF continues to change, the FE is able to maintain an input side PF of 1.

3. The third test is Harmonics.

The challenge with electricity systems has always been maintaining a clean and noise free waveform. Having noise in the signal introduces power quality for our consumer devices.

With our control turned off, if we introduce noise to the input you can see this gets passed on to the output. However, if we turn our control on and act as a Faraday Exchanger our output becomes a clean wave. Our device is so powerful that we can deal with any random noise that the input gives. As we continue introduce more and more digital devices in our electricity grids, both on the consumer and the generation side, maintaining a clean waveform becomes more challenging.

    The Faraday Grid, enabled by the Faraday Exchanger truly is the electricity system reset, rebalanced; reimagined.