Which applications are best addressed by an Active Harmonic Filter?
AHF’s are used where a significant portion of the load consists of VFD’s or other three-phase non-linear sources such as large three-phase DC power supplies, electric vehicle chargers or UPS’s. VFDs are defined as non-linear loads which generates an enormous amount of harmonics in a system. Harmonics cause a host of electrical problems. AHF’s are great candidates to mitigate harmonics from a system where multiple VFD loads that represent a significant portion of the total load.
Active filters are designed to reduce harmonics from three-phase sources. For single-phase harmonic sources, solutions such as harmonic mitigating transformers should be considered.