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Harmonic Reduction Techniques

D. Sutanto

Department of Electrical

HK Polytechnic University

Presentation Overview


What is a power quality problem?

What are harmonics and triplen harmonics?

What are the major causes of harmonics?

What are typical harmonic current and voltage

Why now?

What are the future trend?

What are the effect of harmonics?


“Don’t think there are no
crocodiles because the
water is calm”

Malaysian Proverb


Power electronics technology has become widely accepted
in industrial, commercial, and municipal facilities.

In high rise buildings, almost every office has a computer,
a printer etc and every floor has a photocopy machine, a
fax machine etc, all driven by power electronics.

With these increasing installed base comes inevitable
problems, like reduced power quality, harmonic distortion
problem with its disruptive effect and low power factor with
its costly consequences.

In this talk, we’ll try to explore these problems and see how
power electronics can actually solve many of these

What is a power quality problem?

A Power Quality Problem is:


















Why is Power Quality Important

Load Equipment Sensitivity

Process Automation


Power Electronics


Categories of Power Quality


Voltage Variations (Sags) and



Harmonics are currents or voltages at higher frequencies
than the fundamental power frequency (50Hz)

Most significant harmonics are the low order integral
harmonics, typically from the 2nd to the 31st.

The use of newer devices such as cycloconverter,, slip
recovery drives etc. has produced frequencies which are
integer multiples of the supply frequency, I.e. non
characteristic harmonics with possible side band and
they are often refereed to as ‘inter


Harmonics results from the distortion of sine wave caused
naturally by non
linear load.

Harmonics distortion can affect voltage or current or both

These disturbances can cause significant problems within a facility

Often harmonic remains an unknown problem until major
disruption occurs

Harmonics can even flow back into the supply line and create
havoc at other locations

Harmonic is a problem that needs to be addressed ideally during
planning stages but certainly as soon as signs of its occurrence is


“Even if you are on the right track,
you’ll get run over if you just sit

Will Rogers


A classic example, a high rise building in Sydney, Australia

During its design stage, it appears that there are ample capacity in the
transformer to meet the the total demand of the building and the
wiring is perfectly adeaquate to meet the projected peak load with
sufficient margin

A few weeks later when people moves in and everybody adds
computer, fax machine, printer etc to their desk, the transformer that
supplies the building was overloaded and very hot, yet the actual watt
loading in the building is very low.

The heating that was taking place in the transformer is totally due to
the harmonics.


Success comes from good judgment

Good judgment comes from

Experience comes from bad


In the past, the ideal goal of the the utility is to have the power factor
near unity or around 0.9 and the customer then make business
judgment on the best way to meet this requirement due to his own
load and that’s the end of the problem.

However, now power factor is not only due your own load, it also
depends on the utility’s quality of supply and due to your neighbour’s

With the competitive electricity supply industry, the utility are now
being forced more and more to provide quality service at a reasonable
cost to the customer

The customer’s responsibility is first to minimise his cost and then to
be a good neighbour.


Classifications of harmonics:

Fundamental (50Hz)

positive sequence

2nd harmonics

negative sequence

3rd harmonics

zero sequence

4th harmonics

positive sequence

5th harmonics

negative sequence

6th harmonics

zero sequence

7th harmonics

positive sequence etc.

Triplen harmonics are all the odd harmonics which are multiple of
third harmonics. In 3
phase 4 wire system, they are in phase with
each other and add numerically in the neutral conductor wire.

Major Causes of Harmonics

Power Electronics Converters

DC power supplies in Computer, TV, Fax machines, printers etc

Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS)

Solid State Rectifiers

Electronic Process Control equipment, PLC’s etc

Electronic Lighting Ballasts, including Light Dimmer

Reduced Voltage Motor Controllers

Electrical Traction System

Variable speed ac motor drives


Induction heating

Electrochemical and electro
metallurgigal process

Major Cause of Harmonics(cont.)

Arcing Devices

Discharge Lighting, e.g. Fluoro, Sodium or Mercury Vapour

Arc Furnaces

Welding Equipment

Ferromagnetic Devices

Transformer operating near saturation level

Magnetic Ballast (saturated iron core)



Static Var Compensator

Slip Recovery Drives

Typical Harmonic Current and VoltageDeviation

Standard Personal Computers

Signs of Harmonic Problems

Telephone Interference

Customer capacitor or transformer failure

Capacitor fuse blowing

Transformer overheating at less than full load

Motor Overheating

Clocks running fast

PLC and Computer Failures

Faulty Operation of relays and meters

Hard disk data corruption

Switch mode power supply failure

High Neutral Currents

Signs of Harmonic Problems

These disturbances can cause significant problems
within a facility

Often harmonic remains an unknown problem until
major disruption occurs

Harmonics can even flow back into the supply line and
create havoc at other locations

Harmonic is a problem that needs to be addressed ideally
during planning stages but ceratinly as soon as signs of
its occurrence is detected.

Electronic Loads Cause Excessive Neutral Current

Why harmonics are now being recognised as a a major
technical issue?

Exponential growth of electronics loads in recent years




More intelligent buildings over last decade

Information super highway and Internet

Lack of awareness and understanding

Numerous reported problems on harmonics and power quality
from various existing electrical installations in different major

Harmonics now form an integral part of the mandatory EMC
regulations in USA, European community, Australia, etc.

Why harmonics are the future trends in power system

More prevalent because:

The application of sophisticated electronic controlled equipment would
dominate over a wide area

Future buildings will be more intelligent especially the high rise premises.
Many countries are constructing or planning to build the world tallest smart

21st century information super highway with next generationcomputers
with speed of 10
100 times faster than the current technology and space age
communication establishment.

The non
linear loads in USA has increased from 5% in1960 to
30% in 1990. It is estimated that it will reach 60% by the year

Symptoms of Voltage Variation Problems

Tripping of sensitive loads
(PLC, motor controls, process
controls, machine tools etc.)

Arc Lighting drops out

Remote Transmission Fault

Causes Sensitive Loads to trip

Symptoms of Interruptions

loss of loads

Multiple trips (reclosing operations)

Process shutdowns

Symptoms of Transient Problems

ASD’s & process loads tripping frequently

Equipment failures during lightning storms

Distribution transformers fail during storm

Customer capacitor failures/fuse blowing

Equipment failures on the network

TV failures with cable connection

Utility Capacitors Switching

causes drives to trip

Why is equipment sensitive

Low signal voltage levels

Fast processing speed

Electronic circuit design without shielding or

Lack of Energy Storage in power supplies

Sensitive Components


Source of the problems can be anywher

Transmission system

Distribution system

Customer system

Equipment sensitivity determines

ent of problems

Solutions must be developed using SYSTEM

System Approach to solving Power Quality

General Approach

Identify the Problem

Characterise the problem

What is the Source?

What are the possible solutions?


Customer system

Utility System

Cost of the

Cost of the Solutions

Cost/Benefit Analysis

Active Filter

Active filters are proving to be a viable option
for controlling harmonic distortion levels in
many applications.

The application of passive tuned filters creates
new system resonances which are dependent
on specific system conditions.

Also, passive filters often need to be
significantly overrated to account for possible
harmonic absorption from the power system.

Active Filter

Passive filter ratings must be coordinated with reactive
power requirements of the loads and it is often difficult
to design the filters to avoid leading power factor
operation for some load conditions.

Active filters have the advantage of being able to
compensate for harmonics without fundamental
frequency reactive power concerns.

This means that the rating of the active power can be
less than a comparable passive filter for the same
nonlinear load and the active filter will not introduce
system resonances that can move a harmonic problem
from one frequency to another.

Active Filter

The active filter concept uses power electronics to
produce harmonic components which cancel the
harmonic components from the nonlinear loads.

These active filters are relatively new and a number
of different topologies are being proposed.

Within each topology, there are issues of required
component ratings and methods of rating the
overall filter for the loads to be compensated.

Active Filter Configuration

One leg of the active Filter

System model

System Model

Source strength at transmission supply point = 200 MVA 138/13.8
kV Transformer: 10 MVA, 7% impedance

Substation capacitor bank size = 3.0 Mvar (switched)

Equivalent load for parallel feeders = 3.0 MW

Modeled feeder circuit: 3.0 miles to example customer

Feeder capacitor bank on 13.8 kV side at example customer:
different sizes evaluated

Customer low voltage capacitor bank: varied

Customer service transformer: 1500 kVA, 6% impedance

Customer load = 1.0 MW

Active Filter size = 400 Vrms, 30 Arms

Nonlinear load: different loads evaluated