What you need to know to write proposals for Commercial and Industrial Utility Grade Energy Storage Systems
This course will provide a detailed analysis of Commercial and Industrial Utility Grade Energy Storage Systems. Beginning with an overview of the current available technologies the course will present the elements of Commercial and Industrial Energy Storage (C&IES) with a focus on the benefits to Commercial and Industrial energy users as well as the advantages of energy storage for Utilities.
Issues to be covered include: Storage system design, battery applications, component specification and installation, integration of storage with Renewable Energy (RE) systems, multiple presentations of specific manufacturers of storage systems, O&M issues, available industry resources for ongoing education and the development of individual projects as a Capstone to the course.
The course reviews all the different technologies, terminology, design issues, value streams & stacking, and a cursory look at monitoring, O&M and security as well as business models. Students write a proposal for a solar-plus-storage project and the capstone project.
Participants in this course will upon completion of this course, be able to:
Define & explain how Commercial and Industrial Energy Storage (C&IES) operates and the benefits of these systems.
Describe and identify components of a C&IES system
Identify the best application and limitations of each system type
Calculate C&IES system costs
Describe financial benefits of C&IES systems
Correctly size a C&IES system
Recommend a C&IES system type to meet a business owner’s or Utility administrators goals
Provide clients with equipment and vendor information
Identify and describe different C&IES system types, their storage capabilities and their recommended uses
Identify and describe the additional System components for integrating Renewable Energy (RE) Systems into C&IES systems
Explain and safety issues with C&IES system
Define commissioning, operation and maintenance procedures for C&IES systems
Demonstrate proper safety procedures when installing a C&IES systems
Size and design a C&IES system to satisfy consumer demands, site specifics, and the NEC
Flexible Online Training for Industry Professionals
You can begin this online course instantly upon enrollment. Get access to all of the course materials as soon as you enroll. The instructor-led session will begin on the scheduled start date. During the session dates the instructor will be in the course answering questions on the discussion board. After the instructor-led session ends, you'll continue to have access to all of the course materials for a full year and can complete the course at your own pace.
Access Information and Build Your Training Library
After enrolling, the course materials will remain in your account and be accessible 12 months (1 year) after the session end date. Access can be extended beyond 1 year with a monthly membership. Rewatch videos and review assignments as many times as you want. View updates the instructor makes to the course as the industry advances. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world.
Earn A Certificate of Completion
When you complete this course you are eligible for a certificate of completion from HeatSpring. You can download your certificate as soon as you have completed all of the course requirements. Students can easily share their verified certificates on their LinkedIn profiles using our LinkedIn integration.
Earn Continuing Education Credits
Self Report with Certificate: NABCEP Advanced Credit Hours, NABCEP NEC, NABCEP JTA, NABCEP RE Elective, NABCEP Building or Fire Code, NABCEP PV Associate Renewal.
Approved NABCEP CEU Hours by Credential and Category
Certified Master Trainer (IREC), Great Northern Solar
Christopher LaForge is the CEO of Great Northern Solar and a NABCEP certified photovoltaic installer-emeritus. He has been designing, specifying, and installing systems since 1988. He has been an instructor with the MREA since 1993 teaching Advanced Photovoltaic design and installation and is an ISPQ Affiliated Master Trainer. In 2016 he was named IREC's Master Trainer...[more]
Director of Business Development , Aypa Power
Chris Brown is passionate about the renewable energy and enthusiastic about sustainable solutions through technology and innovation. After completing his undergraduate education at the University of Massachusetts, Chris entered technical sales of renewable energy products 2006 with a focus on off grid renewable energy projects around the world. Several years later,...[more]
This course is self-paced, so you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. You can complete the material whenever is convenient and work ahead or catch up if you fall behind. The course discussion board is a great place to interact with other students and ask questions. Expect to dedicate a minimum of 5 hours per week to the course. The instructor-led session runs for the posted dates and you will receive weekly emails to keep you on pace. Course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after the session ends. Please review the orientation materials and introduce yourself on the discussion board.
Introduction to HeatSpring (Video - 01:25 minutes) preview
Introduction - LaForge (Video - 04:40 minutes)
Introduction - Chris Brown (Video - 01:02 minutes)
Course Overview (Video - 05:49 minutes)
Set up email notifications and your student profile (Text)
Introduce yourself on the discussion board (Text)
Why Solar + Storage? (Video - 11:52 minutes)
Why Solar+Storage NOW? (Video - 07:23 minutes)
Solar + Storage 1.0 Course Overview (Video - 04:04 minutes)
100% renewable energy (Download .pdf)
100% renewable energy part 2 (Download .pdf)
Companies going green (Resource)
Air Pollution (Download .pdf)
Duck Curve Reading (Download .pdf)
Duck Curve Reading 2 (Download .pdf)
Utilities and Renewables (Download .pdf)
Coal Plants (Download .pdf)
USA Coal vs Renewables (Download .pdf)
Traditional Generation vs Renewables - Reading (Download .pdf)
Heightened focus on decarbonization likely post COVID-19 crisis (Download .pdf)
Why are you interested in solar and storage? (Text)
History of Solar and Storage (Video - 08:47 minutes)
Hydrocarbons (Download .pdf)
How Electricity is Generated (Download .pdf)
Photovoltaic effect (Download .pdf)
Basic Concepts (Video - 10:15 minutes)
Acronyms, Abbreviations and Definitions (Download .xlsx)
Solar ITC (Download .pdf)
on grid vs off grid (Video - 03:32 minutes)
on grid vs off grid (Resource)
Off Grid - continued... (Video - 08:40 minutes)
In Front of Meter vs Behind the Meter (Video - 03:53 minutes)
Wiring Diagrams (Download .pdf)
AC vs DC Coupled (Video - 03:47 minutes)
AC vs DC (Download .pdf)
AC vs DC Coupled Part 1 (Download .pdf)
AC Vs: Dc Coupling continued... (Video - 06:56 minutes)
After The Course
Feedback and Additional Resources
No matter how great this course is, we know it's just one part of a bigger journey. In this module we'll start thinking about what comes next. You'll provide feedback on the course and learn about additional resources.
Don't forget that you'll have access to the course materials for 12 months after the session ends. Feel free to come back as much as you like to continue learning, and please stay in touch. After your year of access expires you can optionally extend access with a HeatSpring Membership.
Introduction to HeatSpring (1 minute) (Video - 01:25 minutes) preview
1 Year of Access to
Course Materials (Text)
Feedback: 2-minute Exit Survey (Survey)
Consider Joining as a HeatSpring Member (Resource)
Certificate of Completion: Request a Certificate (Certificate)
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