This week’s tip is also a question:
Reactive power flows which way in a system supplying an overexcited synchronous motor?
A. Downstream (from generator to motor)
B. Upstream (from motor to generator)
C. Both (oscillates back and forth)
D. None of the above
The correct answer is B.
An overexcited synchronous motor acts like a capacitor and “supplies VARs (Volt Amperes Reactive)”. Thus, the synchronous motor is actually “supplying” reactive power referred to as capacitive reactive VARs. This results in a leading power factor condition in which the current leads the voltage.
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