Syllabus: (PV 451) Energy Storage Fundamentals
Prerequisites: Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101)
This eight-hour course uses presentations, exercises, activities, and classroom discussion to layout the fundamental components and aspects of energy storage systems (ESS) and solar plus storage (SPS) systems.
Participants will explore the different aspects of varying forms of energy storage: the history of energy storage; the differing reasons behind the decision to incorporate energy storage; the motivations behind why one would choose to add solar to an ESS; the difference between stand alone versus utility-interactive SPS systems; defining and differentiating between DC and AC coupled SPS systems; outline different configurations and varieties of energy storage technologies.
Participants will also begin to look at the factors that go into designing loads (electrical consumption) that will be chosen to be backed up by the SPS system.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Explain the history of energy storage
- Explain the history of solar plus storage (SPS)
- Identify sound reasons to implement energy storage
- Identify compelling reasons to utilize SPS
- Define the major components of a SPS system
- Differentiate between utility interactive and stand-alone SPS systems
- Differentiate between DC coupled and AC coupled SPS systems
- Identify the various SPS system configurations
- Identify the features of different SPS system configurations
- Identify the benefits and drawbacks of different SPS system configurations
- Identify different means of storing energy
- Summarize the features of lithium energy storage
- Summarize the features of lead-acid energy storage
- Discuss the pros and cons of lithium and lead-acid energy storage
- Determine what loads should be prioritized for backing up with a SPS
- Define circuits that are designed for “life safety” vs “life continuity”
- Explain the critical importance of a detailed energy analysis in the design of SPS
- Pen or pencil and notepad