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NEPSI’s Medium Voltage Metal-enclosed Shunt Power Capacitor Banks are custom designed for application on industrial, commercial, and utility power systems that require medium voltage power factor correction. The capacitor banks are configurable as fixed or automatic controlled with 1 or more stages.

The power capacitor banks are designed for placement in outdoor or indoor substations and come fully assembled, tested, and ready for interconnection.

The banks are customized by NEPSI to meet site and system requirements and can be configured to include some or all protection, control, switching, disconnecting and grounding functions.



Medium Voltage Metal-enclosed Shunt Power Capacitor Banks offer many features and benefits over traditional open air (stack-rack) capacitor banks. When all costs are considered, including engineering, integration, site preparation, installation, maintenance, and liability, the Metal-Enclosed Capacitor Bank Design is the favorable choice.

The following table summarizes the many features and benefits of applying metal-enclosed capacitor banks to your system.




Fully assembled and ready for interconnection - Fast, easy installation

Fully tested and calibrated - reduced startup and commissioning cost

Small footprint - Lower site preparation cost and associated risk

Lower engineering cost - with NEPSI's experience comes engineering efficiency


Integral disconnect, ground switch, and/or circuit breakers

Capacitor switches with transient mitigation

Integral control system with manual and automatic controls

Integral protection system

Individually fused capacitors

Internal PTs and CTs for control, metering, and protection

Surge protection


Equipment that matches your needs - Configured to your site's electrical and physical requirements

Designed to meet your performance goals


Key components are protected from wildlfie and atmospheric contaminants

More likely to be maintained as equipment is at ground level

Designed and built by an ISO 9001:2015 certified company with a proven track record of quality and performance


Easy to purchase - Single vendor for the entire project

Fully integrated design - Leave the design, assembly, setting, calibrating, testing, and commissioning to NEPSI


Resists effects of corrosion, dust, solar radiation, snow, and rain

Marine based paint system over galvanneal steel

All stainless steel hardware

Seismic, wind, and snow load rated


Enclosure protects against inadvertent contact

Key interlock system for safety and proper sequence of operation


Reduces kVA billing and power factor penalties

Improves voltage profile

Var support for IPP interconnect requirements

Increases power flow capability

Release system capacity


NEPSI’s power capacitor banks are rated and configured to meet customer requirements for voltage, basic insulation level (BIL), available short circuit current, reactive power rating, and frequency. Internal components such as disconnect and grounding switches, circuit breakers, capacitors, capacitor switches, and capacitor fuses are chosen based on their ratings, costs, availability, and NEPSI’s experience with the supplier's quality, service, and reliability.



Bank Configuration:Fixed, Switched, Single Step, Multiple Step
Operating Voltage (line-to-line): 2.4kV – 38kV
Operating Frequency: 50 Hertz | 60 Hertz
Reactive Power Output: 0.5MVAR – 100 MVAR
(500kvar – 100,000 kvar)
Short Circuit
(asymmetrical momentary):
16kA - 61kA
Impulse Withstand Voltage
(Basic Insulation Level):
60kV – 200 KV
Short-time Withstand Voltage
(1 minute 50/60 Hertz):
19kV – 100kV
Control Voltages: AC Volts: 110, 115,120, 220, 50/60hz
DC Volts: 24, 48, 110, 125, 220
Operating Temperature Range: -50°C to +55°C
-58°F to 131°F
Maximum Altitude Without De-rating: 1,000 Meters
3,300 Feet
Enclosure: (NEMA): 1, 3R, 4X, 12
(IEC): IP10, IP14, IP56, IP52
Arc Flash Mitigation: Passive & Active
Hazardous Locations: NEC Class 1 & 2, Div. II
Seismic: As specified - Zone 4
Capacitor fusing: Internally fused | Externally fused


NEPSI’s metal-enclosed power capacitor banks are custom configured to meet a wide variety of requirements, including switching, disconnecting, grounding, protection, control, and capacitor bank connections. The more typical configuration options are provided below. Feel free to contact NEPSI for configurations not shown.

In addition to configuration, the physical arrangement of the capacitor bank and capacitor bank components are customized to meet specific site requirements.

Click each of the headings below to learn more about our capacitor bank configurations.


The incoming compartment, where power is connected to the capacitor bank, is normally configured based on the availability of existing breakers, disconnect switches, and the rating of the capacitor bank. Typical configurations options are provided below.


The following items are available for placement in the incoming compartment.


The capacitor compartment may consists of one capacitor bank or multiple capacitor stages. A capacitor bank or stage normally consists of the capacitors, capacitor fuses, and where applicable, a switching device and transient inrush reactors. Typical bank or stage configuration options are provided below. The capacitor bank/stage compartment is compartmentalized and isolated from the incoming compartment to allow for maintenance and repair.


The capacitor bank can be connected in a number of different ways depending upon bank rating and protection requirements. Typically, banks are provided with an ungrounded wye or ungrounded split-wye connection, but a grounded wye and Delta connection are also available.


Component selection is based on specified control and protection requirements, power capacitor bank configuration, short circuit requirements, voltage, BIL, reactive power rating, frequency, costs, and NEPSI's experience with component quality and reliability. The following list provides key components and features commonly supplied by NEPSI.

Click each of the headings below to learn more about our commonly used components


Air Disconnect Switch
Externally operated chain-drive operated 3-pole air-disconnect switch to provide a "visible-break" and electrical isolation of the power capacitor bank during maintenance and repair.

Ground Switch
Externally operated chain-drive or direct-drive operated 3-pole ground switch to ground the load-side terminals of the incoming air-disconnect switch, breaker, and/or capacitors for safety during maintenance. The ground switch is key interlocked with the upstream disconnecting device to prevent closing of the ground switch onto a live bus.

Main Incoming Fuses
Main incoming current limiting fuses (with local and remote blown fuse indication) for short circuit protection of the power capacitor bank.

Main Incoming Breaker
Main incoming drawout or fixed-mounted circuit breaker for protection, isolation, and switching of the power capacitor bank.

Lightning Arresters
Lightning arresters are provided as standard on NEPSI's equipment to protect the power capacitor bank and incoming cables from lightning and switching transients.

Control Power Transformer(s) (CPT)
Control power transformers to supply control power and voltage sensing to the capacitor bank's, metering, protection, and control system.

Current Transformers (CT)
Current tranformers to supply a current signal for the capacitor bank's metering, protection, and control system.

Bus Duct Entry
Bus duct entry to allow for direct bus connection to switchgear.

Dead-Front Entry
Dead-front design entry that allows for 200 amp and 600 amp separable elbow connectors.

Roof Bushing Entry
Roof bushing entry to allow for direct connection to overhead bus within substations.


Low loss, double bushing capacitors that meet or exceed IEC 871, IEEE 18 and CSA standards. Capacitors are typically connected ungrounded-wye or ungrounded split-wye. Internal discharge resistors reduce the residual voltage to less than 50 volts within 5 minutes of de-energization. The dielectric fluid is environmentally friendly, biodegradable, non PCB, with low toxicity. Internally fused capacitors are available upon request.

Capacitor Fusing
Capacitors are individually fused with current limiting fuses. These fuses reduce the possibility of case rupter on capacitor failure and allow the power capacitor bank to continue to operate when a capacitor fails. The fuses are equipped with blown fuse indicators and can also be equipped with direct fuse operation sensors for blown fuse detection.

Capacitor Switches
Single stage and multi-stage power capacitor banks are equipped with vacuum contactors (for voltages less than 6.6kV), capacitor switches, or circuit breakers (fixed or drawout) for capacitor switching.

Transient Inrush Reactors
NEPSI's TI-Reactors™ are provided on multi-stage power capacitor banks to limit the frequency and magnitude of inrush currents associated with back-to-back capacitor bank switching. These reactors are required to prevent premature capacitor switch or breaker failure and are sized by NEPSI.

Current Transformers
Multi-stage capacitor banks can be equipped with stage current transformers to allow for metering and protection of individual stages.

Air Disconnect Switch
Externally operated, key interlocked, 3-pole air-disconnect switch(s) that isolates a single stage of a multi-stage capacitor bank, allowing for partial bank operation during maintenance.

Ground Switch
Externally operated, key interlocked, 3-pole ground switch(s) that grounds the capacitor terminals to ensure all trapped charge has been removed from the capacitors.


Automatic Capacitor Bank Controllers
Automatic Power Capacitor Banks are equipped with various types of controllers to automatically turn power capacitor banks (stages) on and off based on var flow, watt flow, voltage level, current-flow, time-of-day, or day-of-week. Controllers are integrated with the protection system and other components to form a fully integrated system.

Power Capacitor Banks can be equipped with various protection relays, meters, and sensors to protect the capacitor bank as well as the system from over-voltage, out-of-balance operation from capacitor failure, internal faults, and over-temperature due to fan failure. Protection devices are integrated with the control system and other components to form a fully integrated system.

Logic Controllers (PLC, Smart Relays)
Various logic controllers are available to provide auxiliary control functions such as timing, interlocking, blocking, and permissives. Controllers also provide a communication gateway between plant DCS systems and the power capacitor bank.

Arc Flash Mitigation
See NEPSI’s technical note on arc flash mitigation in metal-enclosed capacitor banks and harmonic filter banks. This technical note provides over 30 mitigation strategies available from NEPSI to minimize the level of exposure to arc flash events as well as ways to reduce the probability that an arc flash event will occur in the first place.


Free standing, compartmentalized, all welded, 11 gauge galvanneal steel construction with 3 point pad-lockable latching handles and stainless steel hinges. The enclosure is painted with Engineered Siloxane, a Marine paint with rated salt spray of 5500 hours. NEMA 3R (IP64) construction is standard, NEMA 12 (IP65) and 4X (IP66) are available as an option. Base of enclosure as well as capacitor supports are formed from C4 structural steel. Door stays and windows are standard.

Key Interlock System
As standard, a key interlock system is provided that dictates proper sequence of operation and safe entry into the enclosure. Upstream devices may be included in the interlock sequence.

Ground and Phase Bus
A 1/4" X 2" Tin plated ground bus (or Silver when specified) is provided through the width of the enclosure to assist in grounding during maintenance. All phase bus is rated at a minimum of 135% of the bank nominal current rating.


NEPSI's Metal-enclosed Capacitor Banks can be furnished with an integrated protection system that is located in an isolated compartment that is integral with the capacitor bank enclosure, or be located remotely in an E-house or control room. Whether integrally mounted, or remotely located, NEPSI’s protection systems are completely tested, set, and calibrated at the factory before shipment.

All Shunt Capacitor Banks need to be protected from abnormal conditions that are both external and internal to the capacitor bank. External conditions that may be destructive to the capacitor bank can arise from over/under voltages, faults, and harmonic distortion. Internal conditions can be from internal faults, failed capacitors, harmonic resonance, and over temperature. The need to protect for these conditions must be considered when purchasing a capacitor bank.

The Table below summarizes the protections that are available from NEPSI. Depending on configuration of the incoming compartment, (see the configure tab) some of these protections may not be applicable and would need to be provided by the upstream switchgear.

The recommended protections are as follows:




Short Circuit and
Overcurrent Protection
Short Circuit and Overcurrent protection needs to be provided either as part of the capacitor bank or upstream by the customer. This protection is provided by current limiting fuses or by a circuit breaker with associated relaying.
Over-Voltage 59 To detect an overvoltage condition that could result in capacitor failures and to reduce supply voltage by turning the bank off. Typically an over voltage relay with multiple set points is provided to first alarm and take corrective action, and if necessary then trip if an overvoltage persist.
Under-Voltage 27 To detect an under voltage condition to disconnect the bank if required due to trap charge on re-energization or to protect the upstream device that will be restoring power.
Neutral Unbalance
(Blown Fuse Detection)
59N or 51N or
51G or Direct
To detect a capacitor fuse operation. For ungrounded banks with 4 or less capacitors per phase, continued operation with a capacitor out of service could result in over-voltages on the remaining capacitors. Some means of blow fuse detection should be provided.
Harmonic Voltage &
Current Distortion
Ithd, Vthd Protection against harmonic resonance that can result in high currents or voltages due to resonance.
Over-Temperature 26 Over-temperature detection to protect capacitor cells in the event of an over temperature condition due to a fan failure or improper air flow.
Arc Flash Protection -- ABB UFES System; arc flash protection relay and ultra fast earthing switch to eliminate arcing faults in less than 4 mS. See NEPSI’s arc flash mitigation document for further details on arc flash mitigation.



NEPSI's Metal-enclosed Capacitor Banks can be furnished with an integrated control system that is located in an isolated compartment that is integral with the capacitor bank enclosure, or be located remotely in an E-house or control room. Whether integrally mounted, or remotely located, NEPSI’s control systems are completely tested, and set at the factory to ensure easy, and problem free installation and commissioning.

The control system normally consists of a program logic controller (PLC) and other metering, control, comunication, and indicaton devices that are necessary for the safe and proper operation and monitoring of the capacitor bank. The table below provides the more common control features and options provided by NEPSI.


Power Factor Control
Var Control
Voltage Control
Remote / SCADA Control
Manual Control


On/off indicators for all switching devices
On/Off/Auto Control Switches for each capacitor stage
Local/Remote Switches
Circuit Breaker Control Switches
5-minute discharge timers
Power quality meters
Control inputs for prohibiting improper bank operation
Control Power Circuit Breaker
Key and electrical interlocks
Strip Heaters
Thermostatically controlled exhaust fans
Shorting Switches/blocks for all current transformers



Metal-Enclosed Power Capacitor Banks
Transient Inrush Reactors
ABB DS1 Transient Free Switching Technology


Harmonic Filter and Capacitor Bank Application Studies Spec.
Metal-Enclosed Power Capacitor Banks - Wind Farm Applications
Metal-Enclosed Power Capacitor Banks - Solar Applications
Metal-Enclosed Power Capacitor Banks - General Industrial / Commercial Applications


Startup and Commissioning Field Service Rates
Power System Studies
Metal-Enclosed Harmonic Filter Banks
Data Request for Harmonic Filter and Power Capacitor Design Studies
Hybrid Shunt Reactor and Shunt Power Capacitor Banks


Technical Notes
Arc Flash Hazard Mitigation in Metal-Enclosed Power Capacitor Banks and Harmonic Filter Banks

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