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40-hour NABCEP training: Advanced PV Fundamentals

PV305: Advanced Photovoltaic (PV) System Design and Operation for the PV Professional NABCEP Accredited for 40 hours (5 days) Overview This course is designed to prepare students for a deep understanding of work as a PV installation professional. In depth coverage of the National Electric Code (NEC 2014) and other best practices are presented for residential and commercial-scale systems. Lessons dive into site preplanning, technology system components, system sizing, mechanical integration, electrical integration, utility connection, inspection and commissioning, operations/maintenance/troubleshooting, and economic analysis. NEC requirements for design and installation are highlighted including overcurrent protection, disconnects, labeling, conduit and conduit sizing. Special focus is given on proper plan sets including one-line electrical diagrams. The course will employ spreadsheets and modeling tools to allow for practical design. Some hands-on experience with high-end tools such as the PV Analyzer will be given. While the course focuses on grid-interactive systems, some attention will be paid to battery-based systems. The course provides the 40 hours for NABCEP’s PV Installation Professional accreditation as required from an accredited institution and is offered on-premises at the Georgia Institute of Technology. A certificate from Georgia Tech will be issued.   Objectives Understand the complete life-cycle of a PV system from analysis to design to operations and maintenance. Understand design topologies. Understand trade-offs and “inflection-points” for making decisions for such systems. Specify the appropriate inverter and interconnection topology to and from the inverter Analyze array mounting options in addition to other mechanical considerations. Understand the NEC 2014 code requirements Perform system and string sizing Perform calculations for conductor and conduit sizing Understand PV source circuits and the required overcurrent protection required at every step of the PV system Identify potential problems and how to diagnose and take corrective actions. Learn to read and evaluate project set plans. Learn to use available tools for the design of such systems. Provide guidance and practice questions for the NABCEP PV Professional exam. Meet the required Job Task Analysis areas. Job Task Analysis An integral part of any PV course is ensuring that the Job Task Analysis (JTA) requirements are met. These are outlined by NABCEP in the following document: The required JTA for the PV Installer Professional exam consists of the following with the given percentages: Verify System Design: 30% Managing the Project: 17% Installing Electrical Components: 22% Installing Mechanical Components: 8% Completing System Installation: 12% Conducting Maintenance and Troubleshooting Activities: 11% Target Audience PV architects Design engineers Experienced integrators/installers Project/team managers Training instructors Electricians Prerequisites Some experience within the PV industry especially with a minimal of PV fundamental concepts. Understanding of basic electrical terminology. Materials Provided A USB thumb-drive containing course material, reports, and documentation. Textbook Understanding NEC Requirements for Solar Photovoltaic Systems (Based on the 2014 NEC). PV Installation Professional Resource Guide (provided). Excerpts from various industry-leading textbooks. Application note / white papers. Training/Class Location Georgia Institute of Technology College of Design East Architecture Building, Room 214 245 Fourth Street NW Atlanta, GA 30332 Required Hardware Students should bring their own laptop running Windows 7, 8, or 10 with at least 10 MB of free storage to allow for course material and simulation reports.   Instructors Sol Haroon (EE) is a consulting instructor at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the director of renewables and training at Pursuit Engineering, Inc. As an electrical engineer, he specializes in photovoltaic systems and renewable power systems by serving clients and by teaching. He is a published certified PV installation professional by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and is also a long-standing member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He has worked for many years in the solar field including 3 years at Suniva, Inc, an American solar manufacturing firm, where he lead the system’s architecture team including the design and commissioning of multi-Megawatt systems. He is also a consulting instructor in the electrical engineering department at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he has taught 27 graduate students in PV and renewable power systems Professor Godfried Augenbroe has a 35 year track record of research in modeling and simulation of buildings. He is internationally recognized in promoting professional use of building simulation and has served on the board of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA). He has been the main advisor of 30+ PhD graduates in Europe and the USA. At Georgia Tech he teaches graduate courses and conducts research in the fields of building performance concepts, computational building simulation, indoor air quality, intelligent building systems, uncertainty and risk, system monitoring and diagnostics. He serves on the scientific board of five international journals and has published over 200 refereed papers and three books. He has given many keynote lectures, most recently at the 2015 Building Simulation Conference in Hyderabad where he received the distinguished achievement award from IBPSA.   Program Dates July 26, 27, 28, 2017 (W-F) July 31 - August 1, 2017 (M-Tu) All five days will be from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM with a morning break, a lunch break, and an afternoon break. Catered lunch will be provided. Course Outline Fundamentals of photovoltaic systems Typical photovoltaic applications Principles of electrical systems PV definitions PV system configurations Basic components of a photovoltaic system The solar resource Site Surveys and Preplanning Managing the Project Design of PV systems System components Design fundamentals Decision matrix for system design Principles of system sizing: methodologies and calculations Mechanical Integration Mechanical Considerations Array mounting systems Mechanical integration Electrical Integration and NEC code compliance National Electrical Code 2014 • PV Article 690 • NEC and OSHA requirements for battery installation and safety • Overcurrent protection (OCPD) requirements • Grounding requirements • Labeling requirements PV Design Plans Effective design plan creation and tying concepts together Lessons from the field Troubleshooting and testing/diagnostics How to diagnose and ensure the proper system operation Commissioning and maintenance Monitoring and O&M requirements Fundamentals of Battery Based Systems Economic Analysis Payback, IRR, LCOE Overview of simulation tools for storage Use of tools such as PVSyst, SAM, and Helioscope

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