How to Protect Solar Transformers from Unexpected Oil Spills

The United States solar industry is booming. According to the Solar Energy Industry Association, it boasts an annual average growth rate of 59 percent over the last decade. Utility scale projects accounted for 59 percent of new solar installations in 2017, and should continue at that rate or higher through 2021. Like wind, water and […]

Meeting SPCC Regulations: What Size Transformer Oil Containment System Do I Need?

Secondary oil containment around transformers is critical for capturing oil spills and protecting the environment. SPCC regulations provide guidance for containing oil-filled equipment. The rule specifies sizing oil containment systems to contain the contents of the largest vessel – or in this case, the transformer inside the containment area. Add 10 percent to the volume […]

Hydrostatic Pressure Test Proves This New Secondary Containment Solution Won’t Leak

An electric utility installed a 60 mil HDPE liner and sump pump for secondary containment at a transformer pit. A few months later, a site inspector checked the pit’s sump can. Surprisingly, it contained no water. With an impervious liner system, water should only be released via a drainage mechanism. The empty sump can indicate […]

SPCC Requirements for Transformers: 3 Questions to Ask

Substation transformer failures have the potential to release large amounts of oil, which can pollute the environment and damage plant and animal life. Any incident of this nature draws negative media coverage and results in costly cleanup operations. A power utility in Brooklyn experienced this firsthand in 2017 when a catastrophic transformer failure released an […]

Case Study: Electric Utility Saves on Secondary Containment O&M Costs with High-Flow Oil Water Filtration System

C.I.Agent Solutions® Develops Advanced Oil Water Separator for Substations Background: An electric utility in metropolitan New York City utilizes concrete secondary containment moats in substations throughout its vast network. Following storms with heavy rain fall, the moats filled with large volumes of water. This water needed to be evacuated. Strict SPCC guidelines and state and […]

Subject Matter Experts: Minimal Substation Maintenance Best Practices

  As pioneers in the secondary oil containment industry, we’re often tasked with developing substation maintenance and operations solutions for unusual or previously unheard of challenges, with which we’re always happy to assist. After all, many substations were constructed long before environmental regulations or awareness existed in regards to spill prevention measures, and updated standards […]

Top 8 College GameDay Signs for the Secondary Containment Industry

For those who don’t know, our headquarters is in Louisville, KY, and while we’re home to a LOT of amazing things, there is one rather large entity missing from our humble state – professional sports, of any kind, other than some minor league teams. Because we lack these professional sports organizations that drive the economy […]

Subject Matter Experts: Drivability of Secondary Oil Containment Systems

Because there’s no cookie cutter oil containment solution that applies to all substations, we get a lot of questions from customers and potential customers in the field concerning the adaptability of our innovative secondary containment offerings. We initiated our Subject Matter Expert blog post series to tackle some of these specific queries.


Subject Matter Experts: C.I.Agent® Hydrocarbon Detection Strips; Hydrocarbon Test Strips that are an Easy and Adaptable Oil Screening Method

As leaders in the secondary containment industry, we are constantly being asked questions regarding our innovative approaches to oil management. Our Subject Matter Expert blog post series was created to directly address some of these questions from current and potential customers. Question “I’m interested in finding out more about your Hydrocarbon Detection Strips and potential […]