Power Condition / Surge Suppression

The POWERHOUSE power conditioner is a device that protects your facility and equipment from electrical spikes, surges and

sags while saving you on average 15% on your overall Electric Bills.  Click here for a graphical overview of how it works.

Does Your Facility Need The POWERHOUSE?

  • Would you like for your equipment to last longer?
  • Would you like to impact your facility’s power issues?
  • Would a product that typically has an ROI of 12-18 months’ interest you?
  • Would a product lasting 25 years that affects your bottom line interest you?
  • Would you like to save 10%-20% on energy costs?

Voltage problems in your facility can lead to Blips, Spikes, Sags and even Brown-Outs.  This will negatively affect equipment causing malfunctions and line shutdowns.  Improper voltage and amperage to motors will often shorten the life of the motor.


The POWERHOUSE raises voltage while lowering the amperage.  Voltage between the phases is balanced, boosted, leveled and maintained at all times.  This in turn will correct Power Factor to .95-.98 in most cases.  kWH & kW is decreased, significantly lowering power bills.  Harmonics are mostly eliminated and will no longer pose a problem to a facility.  By eliminating spikes and surges the utility Demand Charges will go down.

How Does The POWERHOUSE Work?


The POWERHOUSE uses a series of General Electric Capacitors and a patented configuration of Metal Oxide Varisitors (MOV’s), along with other technology that allows for energy to be stored in the capacitors and when called upon instantly puts it back on

your grid during sags and blips.  Additionally, the wiring involves a neutral to be used as a secondary power source capturing power being lost to ground and conditions that power to be used.

The POWERHOUSE raises voltage and balances the voltage across all three phases and will maintain voltage under the heaviest of loads.  An array of 18 MOV’s each rated at 100 kA, act as surge arresters through a series of internal diodes and resistors.  The POWERHOUSE treats the neutral as a “Phase D” within a three-phase system and can be installed on either a Wye or Delta system.

The POWERHOUSE is a quality piece of equipment and has a Five Year parts warranty although the typical lifespan of our units is 25+ years.  Most components are supplied by GE.


What We Do:

The POWERHOUSE has been installed in hundreds of facilities across the country.  Our customers range from Manufacturers, Distribution Centers, Luxury Hotels, Conventions Centers, Schools, Grocery Stores, Office Buildings to Coal Mines.

If any of the above situations fit your criteria, we will test your facility, audit your power bills and present a proposal that includes finance options that will result in a positive cash flow on day one.

We connect a Power Logger (Dent Meter) to determine the health of a facility’s power grid and get an overall picture of a facility’s habits in power usage.  We use licensed electricians to assist with our testing.  Out team analyzes the data and will prepare a proposal Free of Charge!

About MOV’s – The Blackhawk Energy Saver Has 18 MOV’S in parallel!

About MOV’s – The Blackhawk Energy Saver Has 18 MOV’S in parallel!

Selecting the appropriate Surge Protective Devices (SPD) can seem like a daunting task with all of the different types on the market today. The surge rating or kA rating of an SPD is one of the most misunderstood ratings. Customers commonly ask for an SPD to protect their 200A panel and there is a tendency to think that the larger the panel, the larger the kA device rating needs to be for protection As we will explore in this paper, this is a common misunderstanding. When a surge enters a panel, it does not care or know the size of the panel. So how do you know if you should use a 50kA, 100kA or 200kA SPD? Realistically, the largest surge that can enter a building’s wiring is 10kA, as explained in the IEEE C62.41 standard. So why would you ever need a SPD rated for 200kA? Simply stated – for longevity. So one may think: if 200kA is good, then 600kA must be three times better, right? Not necessarily. At some point, the rating diminishes its return, only adding extra cost and no substantial benefit. Since most SPDs on the market use a metal oxide varistor (MOV) as the main limiting device, we can explore how/why higher kA ratings are achieved. If an MOV is rated for 10kA and sees a 10kA surge, it would use 100% of its capacity. This can be viewed somewhat like a gas tank, where the surge will degrade the MOV a little bit (no longer is it 100% full). Now if the SPD has two 10kA MOVs in parallel, it would be rated for 20kA. Theoretically, the MOVs will evenly split the 10kA surge, so each would take 5kA. In this case, each MOV have only used 50% of their capacity which degrades the MOV much less (leaving more left in the tank for future surges). Does this translate into surge “stopping power?” No, just because an SPD has 2 or 20 MOVs in parallel it does not mean it will limit the 10kA surge any better then a single SPD (of the same rating). The main objective of having MOVs in parallel is to increase the longevity of the SPD. Again, keep in mind that it is subjective and at some point you are only adding cost by incorporating more MOV’s and receiving little benefit. As mentioned before, panel size does not really play a role in the selection of a kA rating. The location of the panel within the facility is much more important. IEEE C62.41.2 defines the types of expected surges within a facility as: Category C: Service Entrance, more severe environment: 10kV, 10kA surge Category B: Downstream, ≥ 30’ from category C, less severe environment: 6kV, 3kA surge Category A: Further downstream, ≥ 60’ from category C, least severe environment: 6kV, 0.5kA surge How do you know what kA rating to use? The IEEE categories provide a good base for selecting kA ratings. There are many “right” sizes for each category but there needs to be a balance between redundancy and added cost. Qualified judgment should always be used when selecting the appropriate kA rating for an SPD. Mersen guidelines: Category C: 100kA – 200kA per phase Category B: 50kA – 100kA per phase Category A: 50kA – 100kA per phase

Straight Talk about Capacitors in your UPS

Information from Eaton Corporation:

Straight talk about capacitors in your UPS What they are, what they do, why they’re essential in your UPS — and the importance of proactive maintenance for these humble and often overlooked components.

Executive summary Capacitors are fairly simple devices, ranging in size from a thimble to a soda can, that smooth out fluctuations in electrical voltage. A typical UPS contains a dozen or more different types and sizes of capacitors — small ones that smooth out the power supplied to the UPS processor (its on- board intelligence), and large ones to regulate the power that flows to protected equipment. Like batteries, capacitors degrade over time. A typical capacitor might be rated by the manufacturer for, say, seven years of round- the-clock use, but could potentially deliver up to 10 years of useful life under favorable operating conditions.

When a capacitor fails, you might not see any visible effects, but other capacitors will have to take over the workload, which will shorten their useful lives. In many cases, a capacitor failure triggers the UPS to switch to bypass mode, during which it can’t protect downstream loads. To maximize the performance and reliability of your UPS, treat capacitors as the perishable commodity they are, and plan on replacing them at or near the end of their rated service life. Eaton® customer service engineers can diagnose the condition of the capacitors in UPSs and perform a full or partial replacement of capacitor banks, if necessary, to maintain UPS performance up to factory specifications. Proactive attention to this often-overlooked element of UPS architecture — the humble capacitor — can extend the value of the UPS system that protects your critical electronic systems.

A system load with a low P.F. will draw more current than a system with a higher P.F.. A system designer considers the following: A Low P.F. draws a higher internal current and the excessive heat generated will damage and/or shorten equipment life • Increased reactive loads can reduce output voltage and damage equipment sensitive to reduced voltage • Low P.F. requires equipment to be constructed heavier to absorb internal energy requirements • Low P.F. will result in a more expensive system with equipment able to absorb internal loads and larger load requirements • A system designer looks to increase P.F. to lower system costs, increase reliability and increase the system’s life cycle • Utilities will charge a higher cost to industrial and commercial clients having a low P.F.

C3 Green Energy and IFS – The Relationship

C3 Green Energy is the Master Distributor for the US for the Powerhouse Energy Saver System.  IFS is proud to be an authorized integrator and distribution partner with C3 Green Energy to assist you with the analysis, planning and implementation for your facility to take advantage of the benefits of the Powerhouse.  Together C3 Green Energy and IFS can assist every step of the way.

7 Years of Scrutinized Testing

The Powerhouse Energy Saver works as designed: Hospitals, Government Buildings, Manufacturing Plants, Schools, Churches, Car Washes, Restaurants and 
Hotels, just to name a few.

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