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Sean White’s 2-day Solar PV Course Syllabus

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Sean White’s 2-day Solar PV Course Syllabus

Day-1

Introduction of course, what we will cover, where facilities are in the building, overview of schedule, how course is organized, which guest speakers will come, how weather may effect schedule and a brief introduction of students to determine knowledge level of class.

1-PV Markets & Applications

1.1 History of PV

1.2 Off-Grid and Grid-Tied PV with and without batteries

1.3 Residential, commercial, BIPV, concentrating, and utility-scale PV

1.4 PV systems vs. other RE systems

1.5 Off-Grid (Utility-Interactive) PV

1.6 Grid-Tied (Stand-Alone) PV

1.7 Segments of the PV industry, licensing, credentialing & certification

1.8 Market value of PV on & off the grid

1.9 Energy efficiency & PV

2-Safety Basics

2.1 PV specific safety hazards & the National Electric Code (NEC)

2.2 PV PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

2.3 PV electrical shock, electrocution and arc flash

Break

3-Electrical Basics

3.1 Current, voltage, power and resistance, and hydraulic analogies

3.2 Power v Energy

3.3 Electrical circuit components

3.4 Electrical test equipment

3.5 Ohm’s Law, current, voltage, power & resistance relationships

3.6 Utility systems, generation, transmission, distribution & electrical service

4-Solar Energy Fundamentals

4.1 Solar terminology

4.2 Making a sun path diagram

4.3 Reading sun path diagrams

4.4 Irradiance v. irradiation

4.5 Factors that increase/decrease energy collected at the PV

4.6 Magnetic v. true azimuth

4.7 POA (Plane Of Array) tilt/azimuth energy estimations

4.8 PV shading principles

4.9 Shade analysis tools (Solmetric, Pathfinder, CAD & common sense)

4.10 Shading ratios, 9am-3pm solar window & inter-row dist.

4.11 Global, direct, diffuse and albedo solar radiation, flat-plate v. concentrating PV

4.12 Irradiance & irradiation measuring devices

Lunch

4-Solar Energy Fundamentals (continued)

Break

Demonstration:

Solar racking, rails, grid-connected and off-grid systems

Assembly of solar PV system in class. Students are invited to reassemble the system themselves.

String Sizing Calculations

Office Hours/NABCEP Entry Level Exam Preparation

Day-2

Overview

5-PV Module Fundamentals

5.1 Photovoltaic effect

5.2 PV cells, modules, panels and arrays

5.3 Voc, Isc, Vmp, Imp and Pmp on the I-V curve

5.4 Irradiance and temperature & the IV curve

5.5 Load on I-V curve without MPPT

5.6 PV & battery charging shown on I-V curve

5.7 Module mismatch v. matching modules in series & parallel on I-V curves

5.8 STC, NOCT, PVUSA, CEC and PTC

5.9 PV manufacturing processes

5.10 Crystalline and thin film PV module construction

5.11 Calculating PV efficiency

5.12 PV as a limited current & power source

5.13 Bypass diodes

5.14 PV standards, CE, UL 1703, TUV, IEC

6-System Components

6.1 PV, inverters, chargers, storage & sources

6.2 Microinverters

6.3 Power optimizers

6.4 Maximum Power Point Tracking

6.5 Balance of Systems

6.6 PV power conditioning

6.7 PV system components for different PV system types

Break

7-PV System Sizing

7.1 Grid-Tied v. Off-Grid system sizing

7.2 Load calculations, peak power & demand

7.3 PV derating from solar energy to DC to AC by hand and PVWATTS

7.4 Utility-interactive String Sizing

7.5 Stand-alone system sizing

8-PV System Electrical Design & Installation

8.1 SLDs for complete On & Off-Grid PV systems

8.2 PV series & parallel connections for different applications

8.3 Conductors, conductor sizing & OCPD requirements

8.4 PV & BOS parameters

8.5 Charging batteries with correct current, voltage & rates

8.6 Labeling

8.7 Grounding

8.8 Voltage drop & voltage rise

8.9 Permitting, AHJ, Interconnection Agreement & Construction Job Management

8.10 Codes and Standards, IEC, British Wiring Standards, NEC

Lunch

9-System Mechanical Design & Installation

9.1 Roof, Ground, Pole, Trackers, BIPV

9.2 Compare different types of PV integration

9.3 PV temperature variables

9.4 Building-integrated PV (BIPV) applications

9.5 Materials for a harsh outdoor environment

9.6 Roofing & PV

9.7 Mechanical loads

9.8 Mech. design/components

9.9 Mechanical design features for thermal, orientation & electrical performance

9.10 Manufacturers’ instructions

10-Performance Analysis, Maintenance & Troubleshooting

10.1 Performance problems

10.2 Performance monitoring & parameters

10.3 Expected v. actual performance

10.4 Maintenance

10.5 Operation & Management (O&M) safety

10.6 Most common system failures

10.7 Maintenance planning to manufacturers’ instructions

10.8 Dx & treatment of unhealthy PV systems

Break

Exam Review

White House Solar Certification Exam (Optional Photon International Certification Exam)

Award Ceremony-Certificates of Completion

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