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Building Performance
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Zero Net Energy
Solar + Storage

Beyond Zero Net Energy: PV + Storage - Self Study

Marc Rosenbaum • Last updated 02/2021

4.4/5 (view ratings)
1830 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)


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


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1,830 students have taken this course

by Asante Daniel 09/20/2023

The course instructors were not only knowledgeable but also passionate about the subject matter, which made the learning experience engaging and enjoyable. They guided us through complex concepts with clarity, ensuring that even participants with varying levels of expertise could grasp the material.

by Ing. Edward Torkornoo 09/18/2023

Good experience and practical experience

by Jimmy Rich 09/16/2023

Keep the courses coming.... im just a sponge ,ready to soak up all I can get!

by Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed 07/04/2023

it is very important

by David Frazier, Six wall mounts, Mechanical services 06/03/2023

Great job on course

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