Ted Wilke Talks to Young Professionals about Harmonics
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Ted Wilke Talks to Young Professionals about Harmonics

Posted on December 16, 2013 by Drew Franklin

What are harmonics? Harmonics are integral multiples of some fundamental frequency that, when added together, result in a distorted waveform. The Denver section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers holds a monthly lunch and learn for the young professionals to enhance and develop the knowledge base of the oil & gas / energy industry.


SPOC’s Vice President, Ted Wilke, talks to SPE young professionals in Denver, CO about harmonics and adjustable frequency drives. The presentation covered source of harmonics and the different industry solutions.

“Ted was a great speaker and brought a new topic that we hadn’t included in our presentations previously. He provided an excellent overview of harmonics – the basics, why it matters and the implementation of various solutions,” said Anne Becker, SPE Young Professionals Board member. “We had a group of about 20 people attend – varying backgrounds from engineering to technical sales, service companies to operators.”

The Active Front End VFD is SPOC’s recommended approach for minimizing harmonics in fields where all lifting is done using variable speed drives. This technology is electronically based instead of magnetically based, as older technologies are. It meets the IEEE519 under every scenario and all loading conditions, regardless of voltage imbalance or source impedance. It is so advanced it can actually correct for low voltage conditions from marginal systems and correct power factor within the electrical system, saving you money. We have years of experience in Active Front End Drives, and can do systems from 1HP to 2000HP at 480V.

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