Smart realization involves a steady increase in inverter-based components like Distributed Energy Resources (DER), energy storage systems, and plug-in electric vehicles. The harmonics related to DER inverters and the spread of power electronic devices raises concerns for utilities and customers. Harmonics can create component failures, thermal losses and control system malfunctions. In this paper the authors analyze the impact of multi-source harmonics from DERs inside distribution networks. The harmonics impacts are evaluated by harmonic measurement indices. Harmonic emission in a real distribution circuit is simulated with the help of power flow analysis. The results are presented with visualization techniques to give a better picture of harmonic propagation vs. different levels of harmonic source magnitude and angle. Due to effect of harmonic on network efficiency, a sensitivity analysis considering power factors is conducted.

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