CBEE Engineering specializes in the engineering of power plants, substations, transmission and distribution systems, and facility power systems including its grounding, lighting, security, HVAC, and lightning protection subsystems. It also develops test procedures for testing or characterization of parts or systems. In management, CBEE Engineering can also provide oversight of engineering and construction of an energy infrastructure.
Strategies in Designs
In its designs, CBEE Engineering uses three strategies to maximize benefits from a project. They are minimizing construction cost, maximizing energy savings, and considering unknown variables.
CBEE Engineering explores better alternatives in construction. It may, therefore, recommend replacing a costly practice in favor of the better alternative. An example is the use of existing (underutilized) power transformers to feed several facilities.
CBEE Engineering exploits the basic laws of electrical engineering to affect energy savings. As an example, CBEE Engineering believes in oversizing conductors not only for safety but also for energy savings. In transmission systems, CBEE Engineering employs compensating capacitors to minimize energy losses due to the inductance of the lines.
Once a conceptual design is developed, CBEE Engineering considers hard to quantify variables to possibly modify the design. These variables may include capacity for future expansion, population growth, weather, commodity prices, and future economic activities of people in a community.
Recognizing that the controls and communication sections of power plant and substation equipment are digital, CBEE Engineering has developed capabilities to test them. It can use simple instruments such as ohmmeter or power quality analyzer to sophisticated instruments such as high-speed oscilloscopes and spectrum analyzer. Tests are performed with systematic procedures complete with safety requirements, instrument list, and step-by-step instructions.
CBEE Engineering can also provide engineering management. It may act as a third party monitor to oversee the engineering, construction, and training for operations and maintenance of a project. It can develop quality assurance plans including environmental, health, safety (EHS), and security plans.