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Beyond Zero Net Energy: PV + Storage - Self Study

by Marc Rosenbaum • Last updated 02/2021

4.4/5 (view ratings)
1657 students
1 module
27 minutes
3 assignments

Course description

In this free lecture, Marc Rosenbaum looks at the potential for battery storage to greatly increase the fraction of a house’s annual load that can be served onsite by solar electricity.

Can we get closer to the holy grail of a 100% autonomous, renewably-powered house?

Marc covers:
-Net energy flows (kWh/month)
-Daily usage vs. generation
-PV percentage used on site
-The usage of battery storage
-PV "Autonomy Model" (+ adding battery storage)
-Varying storage and PV sizes
-Varying heat loads

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Full course outline

Module 1 - Video Lecture

In this module, Marc Rosenbaum looks at the potential for battery storage to greatly increase the fraction of a house’s annual load that can be served onsite by solar electricity if battery storage is added. Can we get closer to the Holy Grail of a 100% autonomous, renewably powered house?

  • Lecture: Beyond Zero Net Energy (27:05 minutes)

Author

Marc Rosenbaum

Principal, Energysmiths

Marc Rosenbaum, P.E. uses an integrated systems design approach to help people create buildings and communities which connect us to the natural world, and support both personal and planetary health. He brings this vision, experience and commitment to a collaborative design process, with the goal of profoundly understanding the interconnections between people, place, and... Learn more

Ratings

4.4
434 reviews

1,657 students have taken this course

by Waled Yahya 04/30/2022

good course

by Bill Wagner, Independent Consultant, Wagner Labs 06/21/2021

Great explanation of total system production capability (PV + Storage) and the challenges of load variation especially as it relates to heat (and cooling).

by habiburahman qaderi 05/28/2021

Actually this course was very great for me coz I am student of renewable energy, so this course was very important for me I really need this course PDF.

by alfredo palattao, engineer, commonwealth utilities corporation 05/13/2021

Very informative

by Judson Brown, Mechanical Engineer, PE, Sandridge Partners, Energy Engineering 05/04/2021

I liked the spreadsheet model you developed based on your experience with PV generation in your own experience in the homes you have lived in and designed. Really powerful feedback from your own experience to development of better systems for houses.

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