How to convert apparent power in kilovolt-amps (kVA) to real power in kilowatts (kW).

The real power P in kilowatts (kW) is equal to the apparent power S in kilovolt-amps (kVA), times the power factor PF:

*P*_{(kW)} = * S*_{(kVA)}* *
× *PF*

So kilowatts are equal to kilovolt-amps times the power factor.

kilowatts = kilovolt-amps × PF

or

kW = kVA × PF

What is the real power in kilowatts when the apparent power is 3 kVA and the power factor is 0.8?

Solution:

*P* = 3kVA × 0.8 = 2.4kW

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