Energy Storage Associate Boot Camp


Instructor: Sean White

Subjects: Solar: Batteries and Storage, Solar: Business Growth

Length: 5 modules

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Energy storage systems (ESS) are booming and poised for strong growth. This is your chance to get access to highly technical and up to date information on the latest best practices for ESSs.

Knowing the material in this course is the best way to get the entry level knowledge to be ESS smart and ready for the second step in the renewable energy revolution. Besides bottling sunshine and using it at a different time, ESSs can make the grid run more smoothly and even reduce the use of fossil fuels without any renewables on the grid. This course will go into the different technologies, focusing more specifically on lithium batteries.

We will also discuss electric vehicles, which are already loads on our grid, but will soon become sources with bidirectional charging stations and EV home backup.

Currently there is no NABCEP Energy Storage System Associate Exam, but as soon as there is, you will be ready. In the meantime you'll be ahead of the curve to capture this huge opportunity.

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Limited Special Offer 50% Off Enrollment Fee

Now through December 31st, 2020 use the discount code "storage2020" during checkout for 50% off this course. This discount code applies only for the Energy Storage Associate Boot Camp course and will expire at the end of this year. You have up to one full year to complete the course materials after enrolling.

Flexible Online Training for Industry Professionals

This online course is self-paced. You can begin instantly upon enrollment.

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 enrollment. 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

Approved for: NABCEP Advanced Credit Hours, NABCEP JTA, NABCEP Building or Fire Code, NABCEP RE Elective, NABCEP PV Associate Renewal.

Approved NABCEP CEU Hours by Credential and Category

NABCEP Credential Advanced Hours for Exam Recertification CEU Hours NEC JTA RE Elective Building or Fire Code
PV Installation Professional Certification 18 18 6 18 12 2
PV Design Specialist Certification 18 18 6 18 12 2
PV Installer Specialist Certification 18 18 6 18 12 2
PV C&M Specialist Certification 18 18 6 18 12 2
PV Technical Sales Certification 18 18 0 18 12 2
PV Associate Credential 0 12 0 0 0 0

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Sean White

2014 IREC Trainer of the Year

Sean White was the 2014 Interstate Renewable Energy Council Trainer of the Year. He is an ISPQ Certified Solar PV Master Trainer and has authored several books on solar. He contributed to the development of the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Job Task Analysis and has been a member of the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Technical Committee. Sean is a...[more]

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Course Outline

Welcome - Orientation Materials

This course is self-paced, so you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. You can get started immediately after you enroll and the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after enrollment.

  • Introduction to HeatSpring (Video - 01:25 minutes) preview
  • Set up email notifications and your student profile (Text)
  • Introduce yourself on the discussion board (Text)
  • Connect with your instructor Sean on LinkedIn (Resource)
  • Energy Storage Presentation (Download .pdf)
  • Book: Energy Storage Basics (Text)
Module 1 - History of Energy Storage, Markets and Applications for ESS's, and Safety Basics

This week you'll learn about the beginnings of solar PV technology, current markets and applications for the technology, and the basic safety considerations and requirements for solar PV installers. Topics include: different types of PV systems, OSHA, National Electrical Code (NEC), arc flashes, overcurrent protection devices, fall protection, and lockout-tagout (LOTO).

  • Welcome! Plus AC and DC Coupling (Video - 27:13 minutes) preview
  • Energy Storage Systems Overview (Video - 12:20 minutes)
  • Required Discussion Board Post #1 (Text)
  • Electrochemistry and History of Batteries (Video - 14:20 minutes)
  • Electricity Basics (Video - 13:19 minutes)
  • ESS Uses (Video - 26:24 minutes)
  • Required Discussion Board Post #2 (Text)
  • To view your test results (Text)
  • ESS Boot Camp Module 1 Quiz (Quiz)
  • Quiz 1 Answers and Explanations (Download .pdf)
Module 2 - Energy Storage Fundamentals

This week covers concepts, definitions, terminology, and formulas related to electricity. It also lays out the science, data, and principles you must understand to grasp how solar energy is collected. Topics include: Ohm's Law, power, energy, voltage, current, batteries, multimeters, measurement, types of DC connections, transmission, insolation data, solar time, sun paths, shading, and solar radiation.

  • ESS Units (Video - 25:41 minutes)
  • ESS Chemistries (Video - 42:49 minutes)
  • Lithium Chemistries Deeper Dive (Video - 36:02 minutes)
  • Series and Parallel Wiring (Video - 10:53 minutes)
  • ESS Boot Camp Module 2 Quiz (Quiz)
  • Quiz 2 Answers and Explanations (Download .pdf)
Module 3 - Common components for Energy Storage Systems

For small and large scale energy storage systems, we will cover some of the top brands, how they work and how they are designed.

  • Common Components for Residential Energy Storage Systems Pt. 1 (Video - 51:16 minutes) preview
  • Common Components for Residential Energy Storage Systems Pt. 2 (Video - 52:15 minutes)
  • Common Components for Residential Energy Storage Systems Pt. 3 (Video - 32:52 minutes)
  • Common Components for Residential Energy Storage Systems Pt. 4 (Video - 44:40 minutes)
  • Common Components for Utility and Commercial-Scale Energy Storage Systems Pt. 1 (Video - 27:19 minutes) preview
  • Common Components for Utility and Commercial-Scale Energy Storage Systems Pt. 2 (Video - 36:43 minutes)
  • Common Components for Utility and Commercial-Scale Energy Storage Systems Pt. 3 (Video - 38:58 minutes)
  • ESS Boot Camp Module 3 Quiz (Quiz)
  • Quiz 3 Answers and Explanations (Download .pdf)
Module 4 - Various Energy Storage System Topics.

In this module we cover virtual power plants, C-rates, supercapicitors, lithium vs. lead-acid batteries, battery discharging, state of charge, 3-phase power, grounding and off-grid systems.

  • Virtual Power Plants (Video - 13:38 minutes)
  • C-Rates, Supercapacitors, and more (Video - 19:22 minutes)
  • C-Rates Continued, Battery Basics, and more (Video - 19:33 minutes)
  • Lithium-Ion Batteries vs. Lead-Acid Batteries (Video - 30:40 minutes)
  • Battery Discharging Graphs (Video - 43:33 minutes)
  • State of Charge (Video - 28:07 minutes)
  • 3-Phase Power, System Grounding, and Off-Grid Systems (Video - 40:51 minutes)
  • ESS Boot Camp Module 4 Quiz (Quiz)
  • Quiz 4 Answers and Explanations (Download .pdf)
Module 5 - More ESS!

  • Line/Load Side Connections, ISC's, grounding, and more! (Video - 45:21 minutes)
  • Different ESS Technologies (Video - 38:20 minutes)
  • Flywheels (Video - 33:31 minutes)
  • Gravity (Video - 12:29 minutes)
  • Energy Storage System Markets (Video - 39:27 minutes)
  • Energy Storage Tech Comparisons including Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, Lithium-Ion vs. Lead-Acid, Sodium Sulfur, UL 9540 and UL 1973 (Video - 39:48 minutes)
  • NEC and Energy Storage Systems (ESS) including Article 706 Parts I and II (Video - 43:58 minutes)
  • NEC Article 706 Energy Storage Systems part III to end (Video - 30:53 minutes)
  • Energy Storage System Code in the NEC besides Article 706 ESS (Video - 37:56 minutes)
  • NEC 4- Chapter 6, 7, 8 and 9 (Video - 21:05 minutes)
  • NEC 5- Article 705 Interconnected Power Production Sources (Video - 38:45 minutes)
  • Backfeeding the grid with a Tesla Model S (Video - 02:01 minutes)
  • ESS Boot Camp Module 5 Quiz (Quiz)
  • Quiz 5 Answers and Explanations (Download .pdf)
  • ESS Boot Camp Final Exam (Quiz)
  • Final Exam Answers and Explanations (Download .pdf)
  • New Information Version 2 (Text)
Feedback and Additional Resources

This is our last module but you still have access to the all of course materials for 12 months (1 year), so keep working and you'll be able to complete the course at your own pace. After your year of access expires you can optionally extend access with a HeatSpring Membership. Enjoy the course and keep in touch!

  • Connect with your instructor Sean on LinkedIn if you have not already (Resource)
  • 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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