How does a negative power factor look when it is graphed? How will this impact apparent power versus true power versus reactive power? And how do we interpret this as per power dissipated versus power absorbed/returned to the system?


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We say power dissipated is positive when its a load and negative when generated.

Consequently, we say negative PF is generated power with a current phase offset just (as)we say for a load with a positive PF.

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