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Course Overview

This solar energy course focus on the essentials of solar energy transformation, solar cells, optical engineering, photoelectrochemical cells, thermoelectric generators, and distribution systems.

The insulation and global energy needs, solar cell material science, current trends in photovoltaic (PV) energy engineering, design and installation of solar panels for residential and engineering applications and networks to the national grid, and cost exploration of the overall system. Furthermore, elementary industrial processes to produce solar panels, environmental impressions, and the related system engineering aspects will be discussed to provide complete state-of-the-art methods for solar energy utilisation.

What topics will this course cover?  This solar system equipment course will cover many topics in Solar Energy such as the fundamentals of Solar PV energy, advantages and disadvantages of a Solar PV system, Grid-Tie vs. Off-Gris PV systems, solar energy production curve vs.

household energy demand curve, peak sun hours, power concepts & units, components of a solar PV system, how a typical PV grid-tie system works, solar modules, DC/DC converters, junction boxes, DC/AC inverters, solar meter, wiring foundations, variables for the correct design of a solar PV system, calculate daytime energy needs, roof performance for solar sizing, and how to save on power bills.

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course successfully, participants will be able to:

  • Increase their understanding of the available solar energy and the current solar energy conversion and utilisation processes
  • Understand the encounters in sustainable energy processes, perform cost examination, and plan PV systems for different applications meeting residential and industrial needs
  • Understand the manufacturing processes involved, environmental challenges that need to be solved, economic aspects, and future potentials
  • Consume a working knowledge of semiconductor physics, optical systems, photovoltaic engineering, load matching, and storage and grid connections
  • Gain an insight into the PV system engineering aspects with different approaches, and be able to design advanced PV systems

Training Methodology

This is an interactive training program and will consist of the following training approaches:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars & Presentations
  • Group Discussions
  • Practice Questions
  • Assignments
  • Case Studies & Functional Exercises

Just like all our courses, this program also follows the ‘Do-Review-Learn-Apply’ model.

Organisational Benefits

Companies who send in their employees to participate in this course can benefit in the following ways:

  • Participants will understand the idea of solar energy and appreciate its significance in the operation and maintenance of an electrical power system
  • Make the participants mindful of solar energy either during project construction or maintenance
  • Benefit from having professionally trained staff in solar energy
  • The course will allow participants to network and gain knowledge from each other’s shared experiences
  • Participants will have adequate awareness to achieve reduced capital, operating and maintenance costs along with an increase in efficiency

Personal Benefits

Professionals who participate in this course can benefit in the following ways:

  • Learn everything on Solar Modules, Optimisers (DC/DC converters), Junction Boxes, Inverters, Solar Meters
  • Regulate the optimum panel placement for Solar PV
  • Calculate efficiency losses due to equipment
  • Calculate Solar Array size
  • Establish and select the correct apparatuses for the Solar PV system
  • Compute Peak Sun Hours for any location in the world!
  • Control if the Roof Pitch and Azimuth of a property is good for a Solar System
  • Study Solar Cells Chemistry

Who Should Attend?

This program is intended for people who are currently working in, or looking for employment in the renewable energy business,  including pupils in renewable energy programs, workers at an early stage in their career, experienced specialists who are offering renewable energy products/services, as well as those who lack a professional certification or degree in solar energy. It is perfect for beginners with zero solar experience but is also for experienced solar professionals who want to enhance their skills and knowledge. Engineers, Solar Sales Professionals, Entrepreneurs, Solar Enthusiasts or anyone wanting to learn the fundamentals of Solar Photovoltaic energy can also benefit from this course.

Course Outline

MODULE 1: HISTORY OF SOLAR

  • History of Solar
  • Solar History Timeline
  • Solar Panel Production

MODULE 2: TYPES OF SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS

  • Solar Electric / Photovoltaic Systems
  • Solar Thermal Systems
  • Off-Grid Applications
  • Grid-Tied Applications

MODULE 3: EVALUATING THE SOLAR RESOURCE

  • Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Solar Irradiance
  • Atmospheric Effects on Solar Radiation
  • Latitudinal Effects on Solar Radiation

MODULE 4: LOAD ANALYSIS

  • Energy Audit
  • Determine Load
  • Peak Lead

MODULE 5: SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS

  • Components
  • Mounting Options
  • Grid Interconnectivity
  • Electronic Basics
  • The Next Generation of Cheap Solar Cells

MODULE 6: SOLAR HOT WATER SYSTEMS

  • Collector Types
  • Distribution Types
  • Storage Types
  • System Sizing
  • Maintenance

MODULE 7: SYSTEM MAINTENANCE

  • Shading Control
  • Snow
  • Wind
  • Cleanliness
  • Batteries
  • Troubleshooting
  • Solar PV Systems: Users’ Maintenance Guide

MODULE 8: PV MARKETS & APPLICATIONS

  • Key contributions to the development PV
  • Common types of PV systems
  • Advantages & disadvantages of PV
  • Features and benefits of standalone systems
  • Features and benefits of utility interactive systems
  • Roles in the PV industry
  • Opportunities for grid-tied and standalone PV systems
  • Conservation & energy efficiency with PV

MODULE 9: SAFETY BASICS

  • Safety hazards of PV systems and components
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements for installing PV
  • Safe practices and OSHA standards
  • Electrical hazards including shock and arc flash

MODULE 10: ELECTRICAL BASICS

  • Basic electrical parameters
  • Power vs. Energy
  • Common electrical system components
  • Electrical test equipment
  • Ohm’s Law
  • Electric utility system operations

MODULE 11: SOLAR ENERGY FUNDAMENTALS

  • Basic solar terms
  • Diagram the sun’s movement across the sky
  • Sun path diagrams
  • Factors that increase/decrease solar energy collection
  • True North vs. Magnetic North
  • Shading
  • Gauging the solar window using software
  • Avoiding inter-row shading
  • Tools for measuring solar power and solar energy

MODULE 12: PV MODULE FUNDAMENTALS

  • Describe how solar cells transform sunlight into electricity
  • Define PV cells, modules, panels, and arrays
  • Five key electrical output parameters
  • I-V Curve
  • Series and parallel module connections
  • Why PV modules make excellent battery chargers
  • Performance rating & measurement
  • Compare manufacturing fabrication processes of solar cells
  • Crystalline silicon cells and thin-film modules
  • Calculating efficiency per unit area
  • PV modules as limited current sources
  • Bypass diodes
  • Qualification testing to ensure PV module safety & reliability

MODULE 13: SYSTEM COMPONENTS

  • Common System Configurations
  • Major PV System Components
  • Balance of System Components
  • PV System Power Processing Equipment

MODULE 14: PV SYSTEM SIZING PRINCIPLES

  • Standalone vs. utility-interactive PV systems
  • Determine peak power demand & energy consumption
  • De-rating factors
  • PVWATTS
  • Maximum & minimum number of modules with inverters

MODULE 15: PV SYSTEM ELECTRICAL DESIGN

  • Prepare one-line electrical diagrams
  • Identify the c properties of electrical conductors
  • Nameplate specifications on PV modules and inverters
  • Charge control
  • Labelling requirements on PV systems
  • PV system grounding
  • Apply Ohm’s Law to calculate voltage drop
  • Approvals and code compliance for PV systems
  • National Electric Code

MODULE 16: PV SYSTEM MECHANICAL DESIGN

  • Common means of securing PV arrays
  • Benefits of different mounting options
  • Effects of temperature on PV cells
  • Building-integrated PV (BIPV) applications
  • Weather sealing
  • Roofing structural attachments
  • Structural loads (dead, live, wind, snow, seismic)
  • Safety, performance, code compliance, and warranties

MODULE 17: EFFICIENCY VS. RENEWABLE ENERGY

MODULE 18: THE BIG PICTURE

  • Market Overview
  • Impact of financial crisis
  • Impact of ARRA (stimulus) spending
  • Predicted growth of solar
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