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ABB Ultra Low Harmonic Variable Speed Drives

ABB Ultra Low Harmonic Variable Speed Drives

Understanding Harmonics

To appreciate the full benefits of ABB’s Ultra Low Harmonic drives, it’s necessary first to understand the concept of harmonics. Essentially, harmonics are unwanted currents that flow within a power system, caused by non-linear electrical loads. Non-linear loads, such as variable speed drives, switch power on and off abruptly to control the output. This action can cause a distortion of the electrical waveform, resulting in harmonics.

Harmonics have the potential to impact negatively on power systems. They can cause heat build-up in equipment, leading to premature wear, additional energy loss and potential failure of electrical infrastructure.

In a perfect world, we would want a power system to contain only the fundamental frequency (for instance, 50 Hz in the UK). However, due to the nature of our modern electricity networks, which includes a mix of linear and non-linear loads, a series of harmonic frequencies often emerge.

Introducing ABB Ultra Low Harmonic Variable Speed Drives

ABB’s cutting-edge Ultra Low Harmonic Drives are specially designed to curb harmonic distortion. Engineered to the highest standards, they perform as standard drives, whilst ensuring harmonic levels meet the strictest requirements set by power utility companies.

These drives use an advanced control algorithm that monitors and dynamically adjusts the drive’s operation. They are designed to eliminate the need for additional filtering equipment, thus minimising footprint and reducing the complexity of installation and maintenance.

Benefits of ABB Ultra Low Harmonic Drives

By using the ABB Ultra Low Harmonic Drives in your business operations, you can expect the following benefits:

  1. Reduced Harmonic Distortion: These drives greatly reduce harmonic distortion, enhancing the reliability and lifespan of your electrical infrastructure.
  2. Improved Energy Efficiency: They ensure an efficient use of energy, leading to significant cost savings and a lower carbon footprint.
  3. No Additional Filtering: The inbuilt control technology negates the need for additional filtering equipment, leading to cost savings on hardware and maintenance.
  4. Compliance with Regulations: They comply with stringent harmonic regulations, giving you peace of mind and ensuring your operations remain above board.
  5. Lower Operational Costs: Reduced energy consumption, combined with the removal of extra maintenance costs associated with harmonic filters, results in lower operational costs.

When to Use ABB Ultra Low Harmonic Variable Speed Drives

These drives are ideal for environments where power quality is critical, and where compliance with the most stringent harmonic standards is required. They are most beneficial in sectors like healthcare, data centres, oil and gas, water and wastewater treatment, HVAC and many more. Wherever there is a need for robust and reliable electrical infrastructure, ABB Ultra Low Harmonic Drives provide the ideal solution.

The choice is clear: if your operation relies on superior power quality and energy efficiency, ABB Ultra Low Harmonic Variable Speed Drives offer a seamless, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly solution. It’s time to leverage cutting-edge technology and minimise operational costs while ensuring the health and longevity of your equipment.

To find out more about how ABB Ultra Low Harmonic Drives can revolutionise your business operations, contact us today. Our team of variable speed drive engineers are eager to guide you on a path to improved power quality and optimised efficiency. Don’t let harmonics hamper your operation’s potential. Call us on 0115 944 1036 or email [email protected]

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