Date of Award


Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2016.


Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Maryam Khanbaghi


Reactive power compensation serves to increase the power factor of large industrial loads and increase the efficiency of power transmission. In doing so, reactive power compensation decreases overall energy consumption and has lasting economic and environmental impacts. This paper discusses a simulation to model power consumption in a multitude of different loads, which gives industrial consumers a solution to increase the power factor of their systems to a more desirable level. The MATLAB simulation that we built successfully calculates and displays how much energy can be saved and it shows how that energy can be saved. If physical implementations of our simulation are adopted on a large scale, the economic and environmental impact will be substantial.