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Amped I October Newsletter

Posted by AMPED I on November 7, 2017
 

AMPED I RECENT PROJECT UPDATES

Amped I is currently working on a distribution audio-tone replacement project in the Midwest. The utility needs to retire the telecom circuits that are currently being used to provide Distribution Transfer Trip between the utility’s substations and customer generation sites. The distribution is at both the 34kV and 12kV level. DTT Transceivers and Receivers are being removed and being replaced with microprocessor relays that will communicate over a new fiber back haul being installed.  Accessing customer owned substations was a challenge in this project, but has been overcome by having a dedicated project manager help with this coordination.

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Amped I August Newsletter

Posted by AMPED I on September 5, 2017
 

AMPED I RECENT PROJECT UPDATES

Amped I has just completed turnover of a replacement of a 300 MVA transformer in the downtown of a major metropolitan city.  This design included new power system transformer protection and bus protection.  It also included integration of serial communication for transformer monitoring as well as microprocessor relay SCADA. One of the challenges that went beyond a typical project was the coordination with another engineering firm that designed the physical and structural.  This was a successful coordination.

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Amped I Project Updates

Posted by AMPED I on July 26, 2017
 

AMPED I RECENT PROJECT UPDATES

Amped I is currently working on a 12KV (6) feeder relay upgrades, (4) transformer relay upgrades as well as bus differential protection system on the south side of Chicago. The scope of work also includes an addition of potential transformers for two 12KV buses and new SCADA system to support all new microprocessor relay communications. Along with this scope, Amped I is also designing for the addition of a new DC panel board. This project advances our physical design capabilities and cable routing due to the station being completely indoor and compact.

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Amped I April Newsletter

Posted by AMPED I on May 15, 2017
 

AMPED I RECENT PROJECT UPDATES

Amped I is in the process of replacing antiquated current and potential meters on critical substation systems with new digital technology multifunctional meters at multiple 12kV and 4kV sites in Illinois.  Only a local digital display exists for many of these meters and it is essential to have remote, up-to-date and real-time access to full analytics pertaining to essential equipment such as transformers, feeders and voltage regulators. The need for remote data output was essential to this design, so new meters are either to be connected to existing remote terminal units or to newly installed remote terminal units.  After further evaluation, Amped I is utilizing existing power, current transformer and potential transformer cables to save the client resources.

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Amped I March Newsletter

Posted by AMPED I on March 30, 2017
 

AMPED I HAPPENINGS

Amped I hosted an open house this month to invite clients to see our new and completed office.

Amped I hosted a “March Madness” party to celebrate local Northwestern University’s first entry into the tournament.

First Aid and CPR training for employees was completed this month. Amped I certified 26 employees in CPR, AED, and First Aid.

PROJECT REPORTS

Amped I has begun the design of a 138kV line upgrade in Indiana. This line upgrade will improve the electrical grid’s reliability by upgrading outdated, pre-existing protection and control relays with Schweitzer Microprocessor relays and automation controllers. One of the challenges faced in this design was obtaining the technical clarification of design details that match supplied templates to existing schemes. Amped I expects to complete this design in the summer of 2017.

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Amped I February Newsletter

Posted by AMPED I on March 1, 2017
 

AMPED I HAPPENINGS

This month Amped I invited the American Heart Association to the office to train and certify employees in First Aid. Safety is priority! -The AHA will return next month to certify employees in CPR.

PROJECT REPORTS

Amped I has recently completed the design and engineering of a 345/138kV transformer replacement and transformer protection project. This consisted of reconfiguring the 138kV side by adding one 138kV circuit breaker & associated MODs. Amped I also installed new breaker failure relaying on two breakers and installed a bus differential scheme on the 138kV side.

• Replaced: transformers, relays

• Installed: 138kV breaker, breaker failure relay, MODs, MOD Controllers, and bus differential relaying

• Construction of this project began on January 31st, 2017.

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Amped I January Newsletter

Posted by AMPED I on January 25, 2017
 

Recent Projects:

Amped I is currently in the process of replacing antiquated metering equipment with new digital technology at a site in Oklahoma             

Along with the replacement of old RTU systems we are installing a new fiber communication system that can communicate with the newly installed digital metering equipment to provide load information.This installation includes new RTU systems, new Bitronic Meters, and new fiber communication cabinets. One challenge faced with this project was that there were missing drawings at the station for equipment that had been previously installed. We created new drawings and based connections on photos from our field walk-down and other related equipment.

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Amped I September Newsletter

Posted by AMPED I on December 21, 2016
 

Recent Projects

Amped I Electrical is wrapping up the design of an Axion cabinet in Northern Illinois. The design contains an SEL-2241 and associated modules to monitor an “ABV” system that is being used to replace outdated communications equipment. SCADA communication points were transferred to the new equipment and once this is installed “acSELerator” software will be used to configure the SEL-2241.This project is in progress and is expected to be issued for construction by the end of November, 2016.

Our fire protection division, Fire & Risk Alliance, is currently designing a facility wide fire alarm system in Illinois to protect twelve (12) new 233’ diameter crude oil floating roof tanks. This involves installing linear heat detection fire alarm cables on the seals of the rims of the tanks to detect any fires. A fire alarm control panel will be installed in the fire pump house with a slave panel in the control building on a fiber network. This project is currently in progress with an expected completion date during the summer of 2017.

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