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Passive Harmonic Filters are an economical solution to the challenge of drive applied harmonic mitigation. With a plug-and-play approach and more compact dimensions than comparable products, they can be quickly installed and easily commissioned.

For applications that require IP54 specification, Fuseco offers the TCI HG7 series Passive Filter.

  • Limited to 7% Distortion (typical results of 5 - 6% TDD)
  • Easy Installation
    Plug and play ease of installation
  • Uninterrupted Operation 
    The drive continues to operate in the event of a passive filter shut-down
  • Flexible Options 
    Power Monitor Option
    Component Package Option
    Contactor Option
  • Standards
    IEEE519

HG7 Passive Harmonic Filters by TCI

The HG7 Harmonic Filter, when applied at the variable frequency drive, provides a low impedance path for the major harmonic currents demanded by the drive.

This greatly reduces the amount of harmonic current flowing through the distribution system and results in improved power factor, lower RMS currents, lower harmonic current distortion, lower harmonic voltage distortion, and increased system capacity.

Meeting IEEE-519 Recommendations on Harmonics

The HG7 harmonic filter provides a cost-effective solution allowing the user to meet IEEE-519 requirements. Using our harmonic analysis software, TCI can help customers meet IEEE-519. Typical applications include:

  • Wastewater treatment plants
  • Commercial buildings
  • Hospitals
  • Airport

Performance

The HG7 not only limits current distortion to less than 7% TDD, it also improves true power factor. Multiple package options will allow TCI customers to choose the right filter configuration for the application. Since every power system is different, harmonic mitigation requirements will differ, and even IEEE limits change based on the system loading characteristics. The HG7 product returns the power of choice to the customer, allowing for different configurations to achieve different performance and monitoring results.

Where Drives are a Significant Portion of the Load 

Prime candidates for filtering are installations of variable frequency drives or adjustable speed devices in facilities where those drives represent a significant portion of the load, or when specifications call for limited harmonics (like IEEE 519, 1992). Filtering would also benefit any application that utilizes sensitive electronic equipment that may be susceptible to harmonic distortion, such as capacitors, control devices, motors, etc. Some industrial examples include printing presses, extruders, machining and pulp and paper. Commercial applications include waste water treatment, pumping and cooling, and HVAC.

HG7 Drive-Applied Harmonic Filters have been proven to be the most effective harmonic distortion mitigation technique available for drives.

Reduce Harmonic Distortion 

In a typical industrial facility, where one-half or more of the load may be non-linear loads, resulting distortion may cause sensitive equipment to fail. In commercial/municipal buildings, meeting IEEE-519, 1992 is often a critical requirement of power distribution systems.

HG7 Total Demand Distortion (TDD) Guarantee 

Properly applied and sized for the application, TCI guarantees that the HG7 will deliver typical results of 5 - 6 % TDD, but no more than 8%, at the filter input terminals. If a properly selected, installed, and loaded HG7 filter fails to meet the guaranteed performance levels, TCI will provide the necessary components or replacement filter at no additional charge. TCI does not take responsibility for additional installation or removal costs, to include, but not limited to, replacement of third party equipment.

Minimum System Requirements 

In order to achieve the performance levels as stated in this guarantee, the electrical system must adhere to the following: Line Voltages must be balanced to within ±1%; Voltage at the filter input terminals is 100% (±5%) of filter rating; Source Impedance is at least 3%; Filter loading is 100% (±5%) of filter rating; Load is at least 10% of source rating. TCI cannot guarantee individual results when harmonic distortion exists on the system prior to HG7 installation. TCI does not take responsibility for incorrect installation of the component package option.


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In simple terms, harmonics are extra frequencies that when present in an electrical circuit, distort the AC sine wave. A harmonic of a wave is a component frequency of the signal that is an integer multiple of the fundamental frequency. For example, if the fundamental frequency is f, the harmonics have frequencies 2f, 3f, 4f... etc. 


Harmonic frequencies are equally spaced by the width of the fundamental frequency and can be found by repeatedly adding that frequency. In the case of the Australian electricity supply, the fundamental frequency is 50Hz. The frequencies of the harmonics are 100Hz, 150Hz, 200Hz, 250Hz, 300Hz, 350Hz and so on.


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For electrical systems to function in their intended manner without significant loss of performance or life, they require a supply of electricity that is of good quality. Good quality electrical power has the following characteristics: 

  • It must have a continuity of service (not be interrupted). 
  • It must have a very low Harmonic content. 
  • It must have a very low variation in the voltage magnitude. 
  • It must have very low transient voltages and currents. 

The term 'clean power' is used to describe electricity that is considered to be of good quality (see above) with particular reference to a very low harmonic content. Therefore, the term 'dirty power' is used to describe electricity that is considered to be of low quality (opposite to the above) with particular reference to a very high harmonic content. 


In Australia, our electricity is supplied in alternating current at a frequency of 50Hz. In alternating current (AC) the movement of electric charge periodically reverses direction. In direct current (DC), the flow of electric charge is only in one direction. 50Hz means that the AC has a frequency of 50 cycles per second. This is also known as the 'fundamental' frequency. AC is the form in which electricity is delivered to businesses and residences. Most electrical devices (such as motors) need clean electricity to function properly. This means that the electrical supply needs to be a clear sinusoidal wave.


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If you occasionally experience some unexplained occurrences such as flickering lights, alarms going off, or MCB's, MCCB's, RCD's and Earth Leakage devices tripping for no apparent reason, you are most likely experiencing harmonics in your electrical environment. Other signs are cables running hot, hot switchboards or overheating motors. If you are replacing your motor's bearings & insulation often, that's a strong indication of the presence of harmonics.

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Harmonics are very harmful within an electrical system and can have serious consequences. For example, the presence of harmonics reduces the life of equipment. It is possible that the investment that you made in your motors & drives will not be realised if they are damaged and need replacing before their expected life span. This can be very expensive. Harmonics cause things to run hot, which cause stress on the cables and equipment.


In the long term, this degrades an electrical system. The presence of harmonics will also mean that although you will get billed for the power that you are supplied, a large percentage of that power may be unusable. Harmonic mitigation is taking action to minimise the presence of harmonics in your electrical system and can achieve great cost savings.


Variable Speed Drives (also known as Variable Frequency Drives) are prolific creators of harmonics in electrical systems and as a result, most of the harmonic mitigation effort focuses on the input side and output side of a VFD.


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Depending on the specific situation, there are a variety of products that are used to mitigate harmonics. Fuseco's Power Quality Consultants can assist by conducting a site analysis or simply providing advice based on the details of the particular electrical system. Here is a brief summary of the product groups:


Line (input) side of the VSD

Device Features:

  • Line Reactors Simple & cost-effective method to reduce harmonics. Available in 3% & 5% versions.
  • Passive Harmonic Filters Significantly reduces harmonics from the VSD back out to the system and also improves true power factor.
  • Meets the IEEE519 Standard.
  • Active Harmonic Filters Active filters inject a 180 degree inverse current to nullify the harmonic content going back out to the system. They mitigate harmonics, compensate for voltage dips & can handle multiple VSD's relative to the reactive power required. Meets the IEEE519 Standard.

Load (output) side of the VSD

Device Features:

  • Load Reactors Simple & cost-effective method to reduce harmonics. Available in 3% & 5% versions.
  • dV/dT Filters dV/dT filters have been designed to limit peak voltage and increase voltage rise time. In addition to mitigating harmonics, the dV/dT filter also clips voltage spikes.
  • Sinewave Filters The ultimate load side harmonic mitigation product. Filters all harmonics, including reflective currents, eddy currents, common mode currents. Can be used for long cable runs (many kms). Stops the heating of cables. Great for the longevity of motors.

From the moment the AHF and SVG units were turned on our power factor issues were a thing of the past. At both sites our PF is now 0.99 on all phases all the time, the units react instantaneously to our fluctuating load and power factor and the result has been an excellent return on investment.

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