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A comprehensive harmonic study of electronic ballasts and their effect on a utility's 12 kV, 10 MVA feeder

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3 Author(s)
Embriz-Santander, E. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Florida Univ., Gainesville, FL, USA ; Domijan, A. ; Williams, C.W.

This work presents the results of three stages of research performed on energy-efficient electronic ballasts for T8 fluorescent lamps: (a) laboratory experiments on 1φ and 3φ configurations, (b) field testing on a building before and after retrofit, and (c) computer simulations of a building, and of an actual 12 kV feeder with residential, commercial, and industrial loads. Some of the results indicate: (1) VTHD (total harmonic distortion) reduction when magnetic and electronic ballasts are combined, (2) neutral current increase or decrease in 3φ electronic-ballasts configurations depending upon its type, and (3) decrease in VTHD along the modeled feeder for lightand heavy-loads after retrofit, and a “maximum allowable” ITHD for an electronic ballast for retrofit

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Power Delivery, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:10 ,  Issue: 3 )

Date of Publication:

Jul 1995

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