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    HT Capacitors

    This is a non-standard product and it does not have standard ratings like in case of LT Capacitors. Yet there are some attempts to standardise the ratings for HT Capacitors especially by some Power Utilities. The construction of HT Capacitor has a separate layer of aluminium foil and PP film consisting of a number of layers depending upon design. The Capacitors are of All PP design. The thickness of PP film and the number of layers of film depends upon required voltage rating. Capacitors units are manufactured right from 3.3 KV upto 15 KV to form a bank upto 220 KV.

    In most case, the CapacitorUnits are provided with individual element fuses. However, in some cases,Capacitors are offered without internal fuses for which external fuses of expulsion type have to be provided for unit protection. Cospower’s preferred design is a Capacitor with internal element fuses. Unless if the Client explicitly specifies a fuse for Capacitors with external fuse, the Company can also offer Capacitors with an external fuse design. There is one more design i.e. fuse-less design capacitors that will neither have internal fuses or external fuses. It is somewhat not so popular in India. But these Capacitors are suitable for system voltage of 66 KV and above.


    HT Capacitors are generally supplied and installed in system voltages of the following level:
    3.3 KV
    6.6 KV
    11 KV
    22 KV (only in a few places)
    33 KV
    66 KV
    110 KV
    132 KV
    220 KV
    Application on HT side is more stringent (tougher) as compared to LT Capacitors. Hence HT Capacitors are to be designed with great care. Apart from the most modernised machinery it is important to choose the right and most reliable raw materials. The design is an important criterion and cannot be standard as in case of a LT Capacitor. In HT Capacitors the voltages are higher than the actual system voltages to take care of the over loads in the system. Accordingly the rated KVAr is also increased (de-rated) such that the output at system voltage is equal to the desired KVAr. Refer table below for a typical 1000 KVAR requirement at the system voltage the corresponding KVAr rating at the rated voltage:

    Reqd.KVArSystem VoltageRated VoltageRated KVAr
    100011 kV12.1 kV1210 kVAr
    100022 kV24.2 kV1210 kVAr
    100033 kV36 kV1210 kVAr



    HT Capacitors are usually provided with Series Reactors. There are generally 2 types of Series Reactors

    a) 6% Series Reactor. This is provided on the line end of the CapacitorBank as follows: –


    This is for Suppression of Harmonics

    b) 0.2% Series Reactor:This is provided on the neutral end of the CapacitorBank as follows

    This is for limiting inrush current at the time of switching


    HT Capacitors are mostly connected in single star / double star. For 3.3 KV and 6.6 KV CapacitorBank we generally give ThreePhase units like LT Capacitors. However the minimum rating of Capacitor for 3.3 KV / 6.6 KV 3 Phase is 75 KVArand above upto 200 KVAr.
    For 11 KV 1 Phase HT Capacitors are connected in either star or double star like




    The construction of HT Capacitors is similar to that of LT APP TypeCapacitors. The basic element consists of 2 layers of conducting medium in the form of Alluminium foil and 3 layers of (instead of One layer in LT Capacitors) PP film. This is since the application of HT Capacitors is critical and the voltage across the element is higher as compared to LT Capacitor.

    Voltage Stress is an important factor for HT Capacitors. The rates of Capacitors depend solely on the stress level adopted by the Manufacturer. Hence there will always be significant variations between prices of: • Different Types of application. I.e.: SEBS and industries especially steel industries • Between Manufacturer to Manufacturer


    The voltage that is applied across per micron thickness of the dielectric is called as stress in terms of volts per micron. This can be demonstrated by the following figure: –

    The thickness of dielectric 10.1 x 3 = 30.3 microns.
    Total Voltage across all the 3 layers = 1825 V
    Hence Stress = 1825 V 30.3 microns
    = 60.23 Volts per microns
    Capacitors of SEBS are generally designed at 70 Volts per micron and for industrial application the stress adopted is around 58V / 60V per micron.


    There are 2 types of tests carried out on HT Capacitors
    a) Routine Tests- These tests are carried out on each and every Capacitor at the factory itself
    b) Type Test – These are carried out once in every 3 or 5 Years on a GovernmentApprovedIndependentLab like CPRI & ERDA
    c) Endurance Test – this is a long duration test that is performed to check the performace of Capacitor as per the demands at site. Since it is a high cost and a long duration test it is recommended to be carried out once in 10 years.
    Usually Govt. Tenders demand copy of TypeTestCertificates, which are less, than 3 to 5 Years old.