Powertech Labs Inc.

12388 - 88th Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3W 7R7 CANADA


+1 604 590 7500

Telefax: +1 888 590-6501
Key Contact Personnel:
John Vandermaar,
Dir. High Voltage Technology john.vandermaar@powertechlabs.com
Patrick Chavez, Sr.
Mgr. High Power Technology patrick.chavez@powertechlabs.com
Logan Connaughton,
Mgr. High Current Technology logan.connaughton@powertechlabs.com
Ken Bognar, Mgr. Mechanical Technology ken.bognar@powertechlabs.com
Year Founded: HV Lab: 1980 HP Lab: 1984 HC Lab: 1980
Total Number of Employees: 175
Quality Certification: ISO 9001:2008 certified since 1997, ISO 14001, ISO 17025
Major Export Markets Served (2015): USA, Japan, Thailand, India, China, Asia, Canada

High Power Laboratory

Certification: ISO/IEC 17025:2005
Total Number of Employees in the HV Laboratory: 9
Kind of Power Source for the HP Laboratory: Direct 230 kV feed from major substation
Specifications of Main Test Bay: Two test cells (outdoor and indoor) Possible Power Frequency: 60 Hz.
Max. MVA: 1000 MVA Max. kV: 45 kV Max. kA & Duration: 110 kA, 10 sec.
Electrical Tests:
Medium Voltage Tests: Tests to ANSI & IEC Standards. 3.7 kV to 39 kV, 3-phase (5.6 kV to 83 kA; 11.2 kV to 60 kA; 16.8 kV to 44 kA; 22.4 kV to 28 kA; 38.8 kV to 16 kA). 3.7 kV to 45 kV, 1-phase (5.6 kV to 110 kA; 11.2 kV to 83 kA; 16.8 kV to 62 kA; 22.4 kV to 48 kA; 45 kV to 16 kA); load tests to 1200 A
Other Types of High Power Tests Offered:
Arc resistance tests on switchgear cubicles, explosion resistance tests on distribution transformers, power arc tests on insulators, capacitive current interruption tests (new line) high speed digital video available

High Current Laboratory:

Certification: ISO/IEC 17025:2005
Total number of employees in High Current Laboratory: 6
A.C. Continuous Current Testing:
Test Current: 10,000 A one-phase or 2500 A three-phase
Test frequency: 50/60 Hz
D.C. Continuous Current Testing:
Test Current: 10,000 AMeasurement Capabilities:
High-precision current, voltage, temperature, and resistance measurement systems capable of recording hundreds of channels are available.
Connector Testing:
Current cycle testing of connectors is available in accordance with requirements of ANSI C119.4, C119.7, IEC 61238-1, IEEE 837, and NEMA CC1. Mechanical, corrosion, freeze-thaw, EMF, and short-circuit tests are also available.
Generator and Motor Services:
Stator bar/coil insulation qualification tests; voltage endurance tests (IEEE 1043 and 1553), and thermal cycle tests (IEEE 1310)

High Voltage Laboratory

Certification: ISO/IEC 17025:2005
Dimension of Main Test Hall: 43 m length x 37 m width x 21 m height
Dimension of Secondary Test Hall: 15 m length x 6 m width x 2.5 m height
Dielectric Testing Facilities:  

  Max. Volt.  
Impulse Testing:    
Lightning Impulse 3200 kV  
Switching Imp. (Dry/Wet) 2500 kV  
A.C. Testing:    
Dry 1600 kV

1200 kV in HV Lab

1600 kV outdoors

Wet Up to 800 kV  
Partial Discharge & RIV Testing:  800 kV  
Capacitance & Tan ∂ Testing:  600 kV  
D.C. Testing:    
Dry 1000 kV  
Wet 800 kV  

Pollution Testing:
Dimension of Main Test Chamber: 9 m length x 9 m width x 20 m height

  Max. A.C. Volt. Max. D.C. Volt.
Clean Fog 300 kV 500 kV

Dimension of Salt Fog Test Chamber: 6 m length x 6 m width x 7 m height

  Max. A.C. Volt. Max. D.C. Volt.
Salt Fog 300 kV 300 kV

Ageing Tests: Tracking wheel; spray wheel, dip wheel; salt fog/weathering chamber – IEC 1109 and ASTM G53 (40 kV)
Other Tests Performed on Insulators, Arresters, Bushings, Cable Terminations: High current test; thermal test; mechanical test; mobile testing, radio influence voltage (RIV); condition assessment.

Other Testing Facilities:
Transformer Testing:

  Max. System Voltage Max. Power Frequency
Single Phase 765 kV 250 MVA  
Three Phase 765 kV 400 MVA 60 Hz & 320 Hz
Reactance Testing:      
Single Phase 500 kV    

HV Cable Testing:

  Max. Volt./Current
Load Cycling 3000 A
AC Voltage 230 kV rms Class
DC Voltage 230 kV DC
Lightning Impulse 3000 kV (hot & cold)
Switching Impulse 2500 kV (hot & cold)
Test Loop Length: 100 m  

Testing includes development, qualification, commissioning and acceptance.

Other Test Capabilities

Number of Employees in Other Facilities: 147
Test Line: 650 m, 3-phase, 25 kV distribution line, 180 m 500 kV test line
Applied Materials, Mechanical Testing & Technology:
Expertise in metals, polymers, ceramics, and composites to aid in testing and analysis for industry, government, insurance, litigation and research purposes.
Scanning electron microscopy laboratory, environmental testing equipment, vibration & shock evaluation, hydrogen embrittlement measurement, non-destructive examinations, shear pin testing & failure investigations, and bearing properties evaluation
Mechanical Tests:
All ANSI, CEA and IEC mechanical tests (tensile, compression, torsional and vibration).
Environmental Tests Chamber:
3.7 m x 3 m x 2.4 m, +70° C to -50°C, programmable controller for temperature and humidity
Acoustic Measurement:
Acoustic noise measurement, acoustic partial discharge
Measurement Capabilities:
F/O pressure measurements, digital high speed video
Medium Voltage Lab:
Testing of cables and accessories, and other high voltage equipment up to 150 kV. Including partial discharge measurements, tan delta measurements,
AC withstand, and diagnostic tests
Special Studies Lab:
Failure analysis of cables and accessories of papers, insulated cables, and solid dielectric cables, including microscopic examination, water tree analysis, electrical and material tests on component materials

Field Testing – Detailed Condition Assessment of In-Service Cable and Accessories: On-line tests with cables energized including manhole inspections, partial discharge scanning, infrared imaging, and metallurgical tests on metallic shield or PILC cables. Offline tests with cables de-energized and isolated including Partial discharge measurements, the LIpATEST, time domain reflectometry, and VLF tan delta.
Machine Insulation Test Lab: Thermal cycling and voltage endurance tests on generator insulation bars and coils and multi-stress aging.
Applied Chemistry Laboratories: The AC department has expertise in chemical, material, and polymer analysis on insulating oils (including traditional mineral oil and environmentally-friendly vegetable oils), gases (including SF6), lubricants, fuels and coolants, environmental, and materials evaluation, including failure analysis. R&D focus on life extension, on-line monitoring, on-line oil purification, and all aspects of PCB contamination, including on-line removal and destruction with oil reclamation.
Additional Special Facilities: Bushing test facilities (up to 500 kV class)
Additional Special Facilities for Testing Electrical Insulators, Arresters, Bushings & Cable Terminations
Insulator multi-stress (5000 h) test chamber.

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