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by Sensix Team

For a while now, we’re investing all our energy in making the Sensix solution better (harder, faster, stronger as they say). Better at monitoring energy consumption and providing ways to improve energy efficiency. In order to do that, let’s learn more about those energy metrics making our analytics platform. Through these metrics you can improve your business and your building(s) energy consumption.

Active Energy

Active Energy is…let’s say, the electric energy your house/school/facility consumed so far, measured in kWh - kilowatt-hour. If you have a driver’s license, you should know it’s similar to how you’d measure the distance you drove so far with your car. Basically, Active Energy is the (real) kilometers on your car.

Reactive Energy

Electricity consumption is characterized by two metrics: Active Energy and Reactive Energy. In our previous post we defined Active Energy as the energy consumed for useful purposes, having useful effects like heating or lighting. Reactive Energy, on the other hand, only circulates between the consumer and the energy supplier and is not actually consumed.


Voltage, or potential difference, measures the energy that a charge will get if it moves between two points in space. The unit for Voltage is the volt (V). Electrical energy is the energy released when a charge “falls” through a potential difference (Voltage). The greater the Voltage, the greater the energy gain from moving between the two points.


Current is the rate at which electrons flow past a point in a complete electrical circuit. So basically, Current = flow. An ampere (AM-pir), or amp, is the international unit used for measuring current. But Current is not balanced. Oh, no. There can be a Current Unbalance and that is usually determined by a fault that needs to be found and solved.


A wave is a vibration that carries energy with it. The Frequency of a wave is the number of waves that pass by each second, and is measured in Hertz (Hz). Yes, that’s it.

Harmonic Distortions

Harmonic Distortion is a distortion (of course) in which harmonics of an input signal are produced in an amplifier and appear in the output along with the amplified input signal. Pretty much they show up changed, but not improved.

These are the metrics that matter to us and especially to you/your business. We are currently working on making the most of them. Knowledge is power. Energy can be transformed into power. For more information contact us here.

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