Course Overview

The Programme will equip you with the advanced knowledge and skills to develop a successful career in the rapidly growing renewable engineering sector. A choice of study routes enables you to specialize in developing the state-of-the-art technical skills required to design renewable energy systems, or to focus on managing renewable engineering projects and systems

Renewable energy is energy that has been derived from earth’s natural resources that are not finite or exhaustible, such as wind and sunlight. Renewable energy is an alternative to the traditional energy that relies on fossil fuels, and it tends to be much less harmful to the environment.

 

You’ll Learn the following:

  • Provide an introduction to renewable energy
  • Describe various PV systems and their components
  •  Explain operation of modules and electrical characteristics
  •  Go through a site assessment including shade analysis
  •  Describe common installation methods on various surfaces
  •  Explain the theory of both grid-connected and off-grid systems
  •  Size and design multiple grid-connected PV systems
  •  Size and design multiple off-grid PV systems
  •  Utilize the Canadian Electrical Code to install systems safely
  •  Commission, troubleshoot, and perform maintenance on a PV system
  •  Properly utilize the OH&S Act, Code, and Regulation during installations
  •  Design and install a 1.5kW string inverter system
  •  Design and install a 1.5kW micro inverter system

Course Curriculum

Module 1: Introduction to Renewable Energy
Overview of the PV industry past and present including history of PV Details 00:00:00
Common and required terminology in both industry and CE Code (Canadian Electrical Code) Details 00:00:00
Climate change and it’s mitigation through policy world-wide Details 00:00:00
Different types of financial incentives and policies from around the world Details 00:00:00
Environmental impacts Details 00:00:00
Energy efficiency and reduced consumption Details 00:00:00
A comparison of non-renewables and renewables Details 00:00:00
Other forms of renewables (solar hot water, wind, geothermal, etc.) Details 00:00:00
Different careers available in the industry and how to attain them Details 00:00:00
Module 2: PV Systems and Electrical Components
Examine the differences between DC current and AC current Details 00:00:00
Examine basic components for electrical and PV systems including racking, RSDs, and building entrance methods Details 00:00:00
Certification of equipment Details 00:00:00
Discuss the components required for different types of PV systems (ex. gridconnected and off-grid battery based systems) Details 00:00:00
Discuss grid connected and off grid differences and economics of each Details 00:00:00
Explain the basics of a micro inverter vs string inverter system Details 00:00:00
Module 3: PV Modules and Electrical Theory
Provide an in-depth understanding of how a PV module is constructed Details 00:00:00
Discuss the processes a module goes through for testing Details 00:00:00
Explain STC (Standard Test Conditions) and labeling Details 00:00:00
Describe how a PV cell/module produces electricity from sunlight Details 00:00:00
Discuss the different types and materials used in the construction of PV cells (ex. Mono-crystalline and polycrystalline cells) Details 00:00:00
Discuss the specific terminology required for the design of PV systems Details 00:00:00
Discuss series/parallel circuits and how they relate to not only PV modules/arrays and the design but to the safe installation of an entire PV system Details 00:00:00
Discuss how temperature and irradiance fluctuations can have a significant effect on PV cells, modules, arrays and the design of PV systems (there will be labs for testing modules at this point) Details 00:00:00
Show I-V (current-voltage) curve characteristics of modules, arrays, and PV system designs Details 00:00:00
Explain MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) and it’s uses Details 00:00:00
Go through several exercises for the design of grid-connected PV systems and the basic math and formulas used Details 00:00:00
Module 4: Site Analysis and Mounting Solutions
Discuss site analysis, planning, and implementation Details 00:00:00
Use the Solar Pathfinder and Solmetric Suneye via demonstration labs to determine site shading Details 00:00:00
Discuss the different instruments and tools required for solar site analysis Details 00:00:00
Discuss the need to understand the following factors and how they apply to PV systems and yearly energy production,Azimuth (orientation),Magnetic declination,Tilt angle,Shading, debris, other losses,Roof type (material and condition),Roof structure Details 00:00:00
Explain solar resource data from various sources Details 00:00:00
Discuss the different mounting methods, costs associated, pros and cons with each type, and why you would choose one mounting method over another Details 00:00:00
Module 5: Grid-Connected PV Systems
Discuss system sizing for a client’s needs, desires, and/or budget Details 00:00:00
Address energy efficiency and why it’s important for people who are considering a grid-connected PV system Details 00:00:00
Sizing a system requires addressing a client’s habits when consuming (electrical) energy and the property’s ability or inability to accommodate a PV system Details 00:00:00
Explain losses and how some are calculated Details 00:00:00
Explain how to do proper load analysis on various electrical appliances using a watt meter Details 00:00:00
Discuss how to determine the correct size of a grid-connected PV system for a client using a yearly kWh consumption derived from the client’s electricity bills Details 00:00:00
Discuss how to calculate the amount of space needed for a PV array and how to properly lay it out Details 00:00:00
Explain how to determine whether there is a need for any upgrades to the structure, electrical system, and/or property Details 00:00:00
Examine different types of grid-dependent inverters (string, central, and micro inverters), their unique qualities and performance values, how and why to choose the proper one for your system as well as installation techniques Details 00:00:00
Discuss how all of this will determine the system size, the number of PV modules, wiring configuration, and type of inverter Details 00:00:00
Module 6: Off Grid PV Systems
Discuss equipment and components used in off-grid PV installations Details 00:00:00
Examine different system designs and configurations Details 00:00:00
Perform sizing calculations for PV array and battery bank sizes Details 00:00:00
Explain proper installation methods for PV arrays, battery banks, and additional equipment Details 00:00:00
Discuss proper maintenance regimes and their importance in battery based systems Details 00:00:00
Module 7: Canadian Electrical Code Requirements and Documentation
Examine how to properly bond and ground a PV system and why it is so important Details 00:00:00
Examine different bonding and grounding equipment specific to the PV industry Details 00:00:00
How to properly determine the type, size, and ratings of wiring/cabling, overcurrent protection (fusing and circuit breakers), and BOS (Balance of System) Details 00:00:00
How to determine voltage drop and why it is important Details 00:00:00
Examine wire gauge and ampacities, types of conductors, size and colour coding of conductors, and insulation ratings Details 00:00:00
Examine PV wire and PV specific connectors Details 00:00:00
Examine different wire and cable protection methods (conduits and raceways) Details 00:00:00
Perform calculations based on the above course material Details 00:00:00
Describe the Microgeneration Regulation application process Details 00:00:00
Module 8: Installation, Commissioning, Troubleshooting, Maintenance, and Safety
Examine the specifics when it comes to installation and building integration (mechanically and electrically) of grid-connected PV systems Details 00:00:00
We will examine different methods of installing PV systems mechanically to homes and buildings Details 00:00:00
Pay attention to the building envelope and ensure it is completely sealed during installation Details 00:00:00
We will examine safe and effective ways to integrate PV systems electrically to homes and buildings and how to deal with “Islanding and Anti-Islanding” issues for buildings with back-up generators Details 00:00:00
We will examine proper ways to commission, troubleshoot, and maintain PV systems Details 00:00:00
We will examine safety issues and hazards both specific and non-specific to the PV industry Details 00:00:00
Discuss OH&S Requirements on site for PV installations Details 00:00:00
Module 9: Hands-On Installation
Design and install both a microinverter and string inverter system on a full scale, fully shingled roof Details 00:00:00
Complete OH&S documentation as required in the field Details 00:00:00
Perform multiple sizing and layout examples Details 00:00:00
Complete a post install commissioning and testing Details 00:00:00
Troubleshoot common issues Details 00:00:00

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