Pinkut Creek Spawning Channel located on Babine Lake near Burns Lake, BC is owned and operated by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Established in the 1960's, this remote site 40 km from the nearest power lines has been 100% reliant on diesel generators for electrical power supply and propane for heating.
This site is 180 acres consisting of a main lodge and housing up to 10 staff, complete with a commercial kitchen, offices and entertainment rooms. Numerous outbuildings including machinery sheds, machine shop, woodworking shop, laboratories and manager's residence were all powered by diesel generators, running 24hrs a day, 365 days per year.
Drawing on Energy Alternative's success with a smaller fish hatchery project in 2010, Fisheries and Oceans Canada hired EA to conduct a detailed energy efficiency plan. Once funding was secured, EA was contracted to execute the energy efficiency upgrades and install a hybrid energy system.
Energy Efficiency Tasks
Site-wide upgrade of lighting, removal of incandescent and old
style magnetic ballasted T-12 florescent fixtures replaced with electronic
T-8 fixtures. This task was completed by a local electrical contractor
Hybrid Power System
EA's 20 kW hybrid power system was installed in a unused building on site. This required a 0.5 km overhead transmission line upgrade and new switchgear in the generator shed to allow the hybrid system to be installed in parallel with the existing infrastructure. The site can revert back to generator-only if required for any reason. Industrial wireless RS485 radios were installed to allow datalogging and system control via internet.
The hybrid system allows the generator to run only a few hrs per day at a high load to replenish the batteries. System is entirely automated.
Future plans under consideration for this site are solar photovoltaic, solar thermal or microhydro technologies.
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