While I know a lot about electricity and home/business wiring, when it
comes to power distribution, I am not all that familiar. These giant
capacitors are used in power distribution, but what do they actually do?
I have seen smaller varieties of these on power poles. They look like
pole transformers, but the HV line just enters on insulator and exits
the other one. I never knew why they are there..... They are only used
on HV lines.
yep. Many electrical loads are inductive, and these capacitors counteract
the inductive loads, allowing current and voltage to remain more in phase
with each other, thus cutting down on wasted energy transmission and loss.
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