# WHAT is KVA & KWHow is it calculated?

## KVA/KWRatedpower

Rated power, watts, amps or amps, volts, etc. expressed in various ways such as, also in KVA, but what exactly is KVA …

Outside of the diesel generator industry, the term kilovolt ampere (KVA) is unknown. Kilowatt (KW) is the more common term and is a measure of the equipment in your home you may find it included in your electricity bill so it’s more important, but what is KVA?

KW is real power, which is the amount of power converted into output.

KVA Apparent Power

KVA, on the other hand, is a measure of apparent power: it describes the total power used by the system, for example, at 100% efficiency KW will equal KVA. However, in reality, generators are not 100% efficient, so not every system has the power to provide efficient results.

Basically, 1 KVA equals 1,000 Volt-Amps. Volt is used to measure voltage, while ampere is a way to measure current. The term known as apparent power (the value of complex power, S) is equal to the product of volts and amps.

KVA Power Factor

The power of the diesel generator is 0.8. Once you know this, converting KVA to KW is easy as you know the efficiency of the electricity in question. Electrical performance is usually expressed as a power between 0 and 1, so the closer to 1, the better the conversion of KVA to actual kilowatts.

## KVA – KW conversion formula:

Apparent Power (KVA) X Power Factor (PF) = Actual Power (KW)

E.G. 100 kVA X 0.

8 = 80 KW

KW to KVA formula:

Power (KW) / Power (PF) = Apparent Power (KVA)

1 TON = 200 BTU/min

TON4012 , /HOUR

1 TON = 3,517 Kilowatts

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