Powertech Labs Inc.

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

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Key Contact Personnel:
John Owen, Business Development Director john.owen@powertechlabs.com
Ken Bognar, T&D Director ken.bognar@powertechlabs.com
John Vandermaar, HV Director john.vandermaar@powertechlabs.com
Logan Connaughton, HP Mgr. logan.connaughton@powertechlabs.com
Vidya Vankayala, Grid Modernization Director vidya.vankayala@powertechlabs.com
Year Founded: HV Lab: 1980 HP Lab: 1984
Total Number of Employees: 198
Quality Certification: ISO 9001:2008 certified since 1997, ISO 14001, ISO 17025, ANSI, CSA, IEEE, IEC
Major Export Markets Served (2017): Canada, USA, Europe, Japan, Thailand, India, China, Asia

High Voltage Laboratory

Certification: ISO/IEC 17025:2005, 9001
Total Number of Employees in the HV Laboratory: 10
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.
Lightning Impulse 3200 kV
Switching Imp. (Dry/Wet) 2500 kV
Partial Discharge & RIV Testing:  900 kV
Capacitance & Tan ∂ Testing:  600 kV


Max. A.C. Volt. Max. D.C. Volt.
Dry Tests 1600 kV 1000 kV
Wet Tests 900 kV 800 kV
Clean Fog 300 kV 300 kV
Salt Fog 300 kV 300 kV

Dimension of Clean Fog Test Chamber: 9 m length x 9 m width x 20 m height
Dimension of Salt Fog Test Chamber: 6 m length x 6 m width x 7 m height
Transformer Testing:

Max. System Voltage Max. Power
1-phase (60 Hz & 320 Hz) 765 kV 250 MVA
3-phase (60 Hz) 765 kV 400 MVA
Reactor Testing:
1-phase 500 kV

Cable Testing: Cable systems up to 500 kV, including lightning impulse and switching impulse, hipot, and PD measurements. Portable variable frequency resonant test set, 90 kV, max. 3 u. High current load cycling is also available up to 3000 A.
Test Loop Length: 100 m. Testing includes development, qualification, commissioning, and acceptance.
Ageing Tests: Tracking wheels; spray wheel, dip wheel; salt fog/ weathering chamber – IEC 61109, IEC TR 62730 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.
Mobile HV Testing

High Power Laboratory

Certification: ISO/IEC 17025:2005, Member of STLNA
Total Number of Employees in the HP Laboratory: 12
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: 100 kA, 10 sec.
Lab Capabilities: 3.7 kV to 39 kV, 3-phase up to 80 kA; 3.7 kV to 45 kV, 1-phase up to 100 kA
Tests Commonly Offered: High current tests specified to IEEE C37.60, C37.41, C37.30, C37.74, C37.20, 386, 837, 495; ASTM F855; IEC 62271
Other 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), arc flash, power equipment failure simulation.
Heat Run Tests: Low voltage up to 10 kA 1-phase, 5 kA 3-phase, and 10 kA DC

Grid Modernization Labs

Smart Utility Test Center: An outdoor live 25 kV distribution system that includes a full-height pole yard, 2 MW / 600 MVA loadbank, reclosers, FCIs, switchgear and full SCADA. Multiple communication systems used to instrument all devices.
Indoor DA Device Lab: Pre-commissioning, inspection and validation of smart switch gear, reclosers, voltage regulators and capacitor bank controls.
Mesh Lab: Indoor lab for AMI network design, smart device integration to AMI network. Devices include smart home devices, connected streetlights, demand response and load control.
Critical Infrastructure Communication Lab: Wired and Wireless communication technologies for electric and water utilities, WiMax, PLC, cellular, Microwave and Fiber communication system design and testing. Includes the only North American WiMax certification lab.
Aeromacs Lab: World’s first AeroMacs certification lab focused on base station and mobile station certification for the airline industry.

Other Test Capabilities

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
Connector Testing: Current cycle testing of connectors is available in accordance with requirements of ANSI C119.4, C119.7, IEC 61238-1, IEEE 837, IEEE 386, and NEMA CC1. Mechanical, corrosion, freeze-thaw, EMF, and short-circuit tests are also available.
Weathering Chamber: Large chamber with automated and custom profiling of any combination of simultaneous and/or sequential exposure of test specimens to UV-A/B, solar, humidity, temperature, salt-fog spray, and electrical energization.