Date of Award


Document Type



Santa Clara: Santa Clara University, 2015.


Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Maryam Khanbaghi


Low power factor systems run inefficiently and cause power companies to lose thousands of dollars with wasted power. Correction systems currently implement static capacitor solutions to offset this power factor; however, companies where the power factor varies significantly need a better solution. In this paper, we discuss a reactive power factor correction system that could greatly benefit companies with this problem. The system is in its prototype state, which comprises of a capacitor bank, sensing circuit, a switching circuit and a microprocessor; we named it the Dynamic Capacitor Bank. During our project, we were able to get a sensing circuit to sense load voltage and current, as well as design a switching circuit and an inductive load for testing of the system. Our system performed the necessary steps to correct a power factor; however, we were limited by the power levels allowed for a senior design project and could not show precise information. Overall, a Dynamic Capacitor Bank could greatly benefit systems with varying power factor.