Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – November 4th, 2014
Cantega Technolgies Inc. (“Cantega”), manufacturer of Greenjacket cover-up to prevent animal and bird caused power outages, was recognized by ASTech on Friday, October 24th at its annual gala. This gala marked the 25th year of the awards which recognize organizations and teams who have contributed significantly to the success of science and technology in Alberta.
The Environmental Technology and Innovation award is presented to an individual, team or organization that has demonstrated leadership and innovation in the successful development and/or commercialization of novel technology or processes with significant environmental benefit.
Cantega has several Canadian and US Patents/Patents pending for the technology and processes it has developed to manufacture the only precise fit cover-up in the marketplace. Cantega has successfully entrenched itself in the Canadian utilities marketplace and is expanding its list of major US utilities recognizing Cantega for its superior product offering.
Cantega ‘s ability to protect a system with precise accuracy of coverage has both economic and environmental benefits.
From an environmental perspective, a covered system protects both endangered and non-endangered wildlife alike. Another environmental benefit of this technology comes as a byproduct of implementing better covers. In oil production, outages can cause companies to flare off sour gas. These flares are harmful for air quality and can potentially cause wildfires.
From an economic standpoint, preventing unscheduled outages is highly cost effective. Outages can affect plant operating efficiencies through the waste of energy to restart plant operations. For example, in the Alberta oil sands restarting a plant due to a power outage is a costly and major undertaking. A similar loss of commercial and energy efficiency would be experienced at other manufacturing plants suffering a power outage.
Further, outages affect the reliability of power supply delivered by utility companies to businesses and consumers. Through the prevention of outages by using advanced precise fit cover-up, many areas of society are protected including:
- Retail and Commercial Businesses
- Plant Operations
- Mission Critical Support Services such as Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Call Center Emergency Support Services
- Infrastructure Projects, Services and Supporting Technologies Dependent on Power Supply
- Police, Fire and Rescue Services
- All operations dependent on a reliable power supply
For more information about Cantega’s products, please contact the company by phone 1-877-448-9701 or through their website: www.cantega.com.
Cantega Technologies was founded in 2001 by a power lineman who knew first hand that there was a better way to design and build power system protection products and to improve reliability. Marty Niles, the founder with over 25 years experience in the field, witnessed the damage and disruption caused by bird and animal contacts with electrical equipment. He recognized the value of custom-fitting covers as opposed to the common “one size fits all” approach for protective products. He also realized that having covers that could be installed quickly on energized equipment added tremendous value to utilities. Cantega’s products are used by AltaLink, BC Hydro, Fortis, Hydro One, Westar, Florida Power & Light, Pacific Gas & Electric, PEPCO, MidAmerican and other North American utilities. Industrial customers such as Shell, Valero, Suncor, Ford, Kautex and Anadarko have also adopted the use of Cantega products where the cost of an outage is measured in lost revenue and can amount to millions for a brief outage.
The Alberta Science and Technology Leadership (ASTech) Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded through an industry initiative in 1989. The ASTech Foundation was created to showcase the substantial achievements in Science & Technology in Alberta and to promote the importance of these activities to social and economic benefit. ASTech has grown with the support of patron organizations spanning major industries – including agriculture, health, education, energy and technology – all of whom recognize and celebrate excellence in science and technology in Alberta. The ASTech Foundation’s mission is to identify and celebrate outstanding achievements in science and technology in Alberta in order to inspire future innovation and leadership.
2014 Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Technology and Innovation Sponsored by Agrium Inc., Winner
Power outages caused by birds and animals were once an accepted part of doing business for utility companies. But with Cantega’s comprehensive technology and processes, these outages are no longer acceptable.
Marty Niles, Cantega’s founder and president, is very familiar with the impact animals have on unprotected power systems. Before founding Cantega in 2001, Niles was working as a power lineman with over 25 years in the electricity industry.
“I would be responding to trouble calls and going out to sites and would find a dead bird or squirrel. I became very aware of how frequent animal contacts were occurring.” Niles says.
Developing the Product
Seeing a need to effectively protect power systems without leaving gaps in the coverage, Cantega initially used a spray method of applying polyurethane to substation equipment. Due to a number of factors, including environmental conditions, this type of application was not cost effective.
“We came back to the drawing board and decided that if we could make products of any shape or form and of any dimension, we could essentially provide a better fit and have the best coverage with the product,” Niles says.
Now using photogrammetry, Cantega’s patent pending data collection system determines the exact measurements of electrical substations and power line equipment.
Once the data is collected, molds are created that are exact replicas of the equipment being protected. Cantega’s proprietary polymer material is then sprayed on the molds to form precise fit protection covers. This revolutionary solution is marketed as “Greenjacket”.
Through this technology, Cantega eliminated the need for de-energizing or shutting down equipment to determine the dimensions. Furthermore, cover designs using this technology is accurate from 1/8 inch to 1/16 inch, eliminating virtually all spaces and gaps on the protected equipment.
Leading the Way
There is a substantial need for this protective product in power systems across North America. It is estimated that $18 to $30 billion dollars of lost economy, occurs yearly in the US due to animal-caused outages.
Cantega is the only company offering a differentiated precise fit solution to the market to address this problem. AltaLink, Alberta’s largest power transmission company and a major Canadian customer of Cantega, identified a 95 per cent reduction in animal-caused outages on systems where Greenjacket is deployed, which has a huge financial impact.
Niles also looks forward to continued expansion in the US market.
“We have had significant growth into the US, especially in the last 18 months. The US is a giant market opportunity for Greenjacket and we are very excited about the adoption of the product in the US,” Niles says.
Twice the Benefits
Protecting a system with this accuracy has both economic and environmental benefits. From a business standpoint, preventing unscheduled outages is highly cost effective. From an environmental perspective, a covered system protects both endangered and non-endangered wildlife alike.
Another environmental benefit of this technology comes as a byproduct of implementing better covers. In oil production, outages can cause companies to flare off sour gas. These flares are harmful for air quality and can potentially cause wildfires.
Although the fundamental goal of Cantega is to protect stations and prevent outages, they are also creating significant environmental benefits.
Close Knit Team
To achieve success, Cantega has created an environment where every person strives for the same objectives. They truly want to be the best on the planet at addressing this issue.
“We are all rowing at the same time in the same direction,” Niles says. “We have a goal of having zero contact on mitigated stations and we are constantly talking about improving what we’re doing every week.”