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Whitepaper explores different methods of harmonic mitigation

11th August 2014
Nat Bowers

Authored by Jonas Persson, Product Manager, Comsys, a whitepaper exploring different methods of harmonic mitigation has been made available by CP Automation. Designed to tackle a lack of industry awareness, the paper will educate engineers on the most appropriate solutions to mitigate the damage caused by harmonic currents and utility level voltage distortion.

The whitepaper is titled: 'Comparing Harmonics Mitigation Techniques'. Detailing the four main mitigation techniques and their associated technologies, the challenges facing OEMs in tackling the growing problem of harmonic currents are highlighted. The paper presents in-depth case studies of real life implementations of series passive, series active, shunt passive and shunt active solutions, as well as theoretical worked examples explaining the advantages and disadvantages.

In recent years, engineers have struggled to identify the best solutions for their needs due to a lack of information about how to reduce harmonic loading in a drive system. Knowing the different types of mitigation technique is essential and choosing one over another is a decision that must be made from an informed perspective.

John Mitchell, Business Development Manager, CP Automation, comments: “Without both breadth and depth of knowledge, it is possible that the most efficient method of harmonic mitigation is being overlooked. On top of that, there are numerous other challenges faced by engineers caused by the rise of non-linear loads, such as extra stresses on outdated equipment. We hope this whitepaper will go some way to addressing the lack of information issue, which in turn will go some way to reducing the amount of harmonics related problems the wider engineering community encounters in electrical industry applications.”

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