Extending the lifetime of a wastewater treatment plant by mitigating harmonics

“We have successfully complied with the power quality standards by significantly reducing the current as well as voltage harmonics at the plant. Thanks to the impressive technology of Merus® Active Harmonic Filters. We are looking forward to working with Merus Power and its local partner for future requirements.” – Regional Sales Manager, Consulting firm

Challenges at the customer’s wastewater treatment plant

The reliable operation of a new wastewater treatment plant in the Asia-Pacific region was the prime objective of design consultants. The consulting firm wanted the newly proposed water treatment plant project to be compliant with IEEE 519 – 1992 power quality limits. The plant’s main loads are various pumps that were designed to be fed by AC drives. This was to achieve energy efficiency and cost savings.

Both active harmonic filtering and passive harmonic filtering technologies were evaluated. Passive filters are typically installed on individual drives and have higher losses. Furthermore, since they are system-specific solutions, any future changes to the system render them useless. Due to such drawbacks, the passive harmonic filtering option was ruled out from the design. Multi-pulse or Active Front End (AFE) drives may help comply with the standards, but as there were several loads with small ratings, multi-pulse or AFE drives were unfeasible. Standard 6-pulse drives are reliable and cost-effective solutions but typically create 30-40% distortions.

Our Merus® Solution

Merus® Active Harmonic Filters can be installed to mitigate harmonic distortions of multiple 6-pulse Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) simultaneously, thus they are a more cost-competitive and reliable solution. Furthermore, their functionality can easily be controlled via touch-screen HMI after any changes in the system, if needed. They are easily scalable if more harmonic-producing loads are added to the network.

After these technical evaluations, Merus Power with its local partner was requested to provide simulation studies based on a single-line diagram (SLD). The simulation provided information on the harmonic distortion levels before and after the suggested compensation solution installation.

Results after installation

The delivery of the active harmonic filtering solution followed the project timeline. Measurements were performed when 6-pulse drives were put into operation, and it was discovered that especially current distortion was remarkably high and exceeded the allowed limits.

After commissioning, Merus® Active Harmonic Filters effectively mitigated the harmonic distortion. Both current and voltage harmonics are now under the limit. Compliance with standards was successfully met, ensuring smooth and reliable plant operation now and in the future.

Segment / Application

Wastewater treatment plant with AC drives


Middle East

Purpose of the solution

The water treatment plant must comply with IEEE 519 – 1992 power quality limits

Power quality issue

  • High current harmonic distortion
  • High voltage harmonic distortion

Merus® Solution

Customer Benefits

  • Cost-effective harmonic filtering solution
  • Successful compliance with IEEE 519 – 1992 power quality limits
  • Customizable solution for possible future loads
  • Smooth and reliable plant operation

Do you have any questions?

Please contact one of our salespeople with questions and inquiries.

Markus Ovaskainen


+358 40 539 2145 markus.ovaskainen@meruspower.com

Riku Kalliomaa

Head of Sales,
Regions & Channels

+358 50 3323 020 riku.kalliomaa@meruspower.com

Jaakko Poutamo

Sales Manager,
Energy Storage, Europe

+358 50 918 0012 jaakko.poutamo@meruspower.com

Mikko Zavertkin

Sales Manager,
Key Accounts & OEMs

+358 40 5908 858 mikko.zavertkin@meruspower.com

Viktoria Mansikkala

Sales Manager,
Baltics & Eastern and Southern Europe

+358 44 9 735 737 viktoria.mansikkala@meruspower.com

Juhani Jaatinen

Senior Sales Manager,
DACH, Benelux, France,

+49 160 762 4909 (DE) juhani.jaatinen@meruspower.com

Venkatesh Ramachandra

Regional Sales Manager,
Middle East

+971 50 55 38 465 venkatesh.ramachandra@meruspower.com
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