Case Studies

 

Welcome to the Batco Tech Education Center and Case Studies. The purpose of this area is to provide you with samples of completed projects and solutions to common questions. Please keep in mind that this is not a complete resource, but rather a collection of what we feel is the most important pieces of information for you to know.

Service Upgrade – 400A

400A Service Upgrade

Save money on electricity through a service upgrade!

The cost of electricity has been constantly going up faster than inflation. In BC the two step threshold is not justifiable as many families go over the Step 1 threshold within a few days of the billing cycle and end up paying excessive hydro bills. In 2021 the residential electricity rates in BC are calculated as follows.

Basic Charge:                       $0.2069 per day.
Energy Charge Step 1:        $0.0935 per kWh for first 1,350
Energy Charge Step 2:       $0.1403 per kWh over the 1,350 Step 1 threshold
Minimum Charge:              $0.2069 per day.

BatCo Tech has been able to access better rates and overall savings by splitting the service into residential and small general service rates. This option is ideal for home based businesses where splitting the service into 2, 3 or more meters can not only create separate bills but also separate rates. Typically this includes one meter as being the residential meter with the rates listed above and the other meters with the Small General Service Rates listed below:

Basic Charge for consumers with annual peak demand less than 35 kW: $0.3608 per day.
Energy Charge for consumers with annual peak demand less than 35 kW: $0.1240 per kWh.
Minimum Charge for consumers with annual peak demand less than 35 kW:  $0.3608 per day.
Discounts: 1.5% on entire bill if electricity is metered at primary potential.
$0.25 per kW if the customer supplies transformation from a primary to a secondary potential.
If eligible for both, the 1.5% discount is applied first.

Few of the benefits why more and more people are splitting the service are:

  1. Staying within the Step 1 & Step 2 threshold set up by hydro
  2. A steady non fluctuating rate for the commercial side
  3. Splitting billing responsibilities
  4. Monitoring electricity usage per meter

Overheating Equipment 

Overheating Transformers

Hydro surcharges from unbalanced loads.

An often forgotten aspect of a proper electrical installation is balancing the loads which in this case ended up overheating transformers and creating maintenance issues and also having to pay surcharges from BC Hydro.

Over the years commercial and industrial plants keep on adding loads to an electrical system without doing a proper load calculation and balancing the loads. Non linear loads such as AC & DC Variable Frequency Drives, Fluorescent Lights, Welders, UPS, Battery Chargers, Computers, etc are creating harmonics which can trigger other issues such as overheating transformers and motors, overloading neutral conductors, blown fuses and malfunction of electronics.

BatCO Tech was called due to repeated failure of a control panel. After we surveyed the electrical system and plant equipment we discovered other issues such as overheating transformers and motors and voltage spikes due to harmonics.

We ended up sizing a filter bank and installing it on the main electrical system.

Bringing your Chinese equipment up to code and making it CSA compliant.

Upgrading Equipment to CSA Standards

CSA Certifications

Not all equipment brought from China is CSA compliant not does it have CSA certifications. Canada has one of the most comprehensive electrical code in the world covering all aspects of industrial equipment and Industrial Control Panels (ICP).

The pictures below are from a walk in freezer, a cider bottling station and a roll bender. What they all have in common is that they were all brought from China and had to be modified to withstand the Canadian Standards.

Through the process of verifying the equipment, wires , safety devices and parts had to be replaced.

At the end teh equipment was brought to code and we provided an updated wiring diagram to reflect the changes and the certification documentation that comes with the approval.

BatCO Tech can certify your equipment either at our shop or in the field.

Generator Installation

Generator Installation

Sizing of Generator for farming, residential and commercial applications.

A backup generator is an essential piece of equipment if you have power interruptions.

The pictures attached are from a farmer in BC that depends on constant power to maintain ostrich incubators operating during power outages.

BatCO Tech was called in to wire and program the incubators and size and install the backup generator. 

Some important factors to consider when looking to install a backup generator are:

  1. Fuel Type
  2. Location (indoor , outdoor, noise level, remote)
  3. Purpose and proposed use
  4. Power needed and loads
  5. Monitoring and Maintenance
  6. Electricity storage and battery banks
  7. Alternative sources of fuel (solar , wind)

When sizing a generator all the above factors need to be taken into account and also consider future need , growth and applications.

Name Of The Project

Description of Project

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Name Of The Project

Description of Project

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Name Of The Project

Description of Project

Lorem ipsum, or lipsum as it is sometimes known, is dummy text used in laying out print, graphic, or web designs. The passage is attributed to an unknown typesetter in the 15th century who is thought to have scrambled parts of Cicero’s De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum for use in a type specimen book.