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Coming February 2021: Sketchup for PV Systems Course

Take your PV design abilities to the next level with Sketchup for PV systems course. Design commercial and industrial PV systems using real sites to simulate module spacing, shading and roof obstacles.

You will learn to:

  • Use Near maps, Google maps and Sketchup’s inbuilt location function.
  • Use Sketchup tools to create a realistic view of existing buildings including all features of the roof.
  • Correctly place PV modules on the roof.
  • Perform Shading analysis to optimise your system design.
  • Create AC and DC SLDs to include in your reports.
  • Create professional site plans and string layouts.
  • Use the flyover video tool to impress your clients.
  • Export your SketchUp data to use in AutoCAD and PvSYST.

Prerequisites:

Solar design knowledge, access to a trial/full version of SketchUp.

Delivery:

  • 3 hour self-paced online course with a 1-year access duration.
  • You can work through as fast or as slowly as you like, and refer back to the course during the duration period.
  • Primarily videos with the support of quizzes and written notes.

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Cable selection is extremely important in PV design, but it’s also complicated.  This is often the biggest hurdle for solar designers and installers. Perfect for those moving from residential installations to commercial/ industrial design and installation.

You will learn to:

  • Select and size AC and DC solar cables properly according to Australian standards
  • Calculate current carrying capacity, temperature deratings & voltage rise,
  • Optimise cables for project budgets
  • Optimise cables for ease installation

Prerequisites & Delivery:

  • Need access to AS/NZs 3008 & prior solar design knowledge.
  • Online self -paced short course with a 1-year access duration.

Lightning protection requirements for rooftop PV are not well understood, as the standards are often unclear and open to interpretation. Rooftop PV often involves retrofitting a PV system to a structure that may or may not have an existing lightning protection system.

You will learn to:

  • Assess mandatory requirements for standard AS/NZS 5033 Appendix F and more
  • Recommended requirements for protection of system components, based on OEM and AS 1768
  • Calculate separation distance to maintain “separation” between a PV system and an existing LPS
  • Approximate costs for various degrees of protection
  • How to work out if the site needs LPS
  • What to do if a site has an existing LPS

 Prerequisites & Delivery:

  • Need access to AS/NZs 5033, AS 1768 & prior solar design knowledge.
  • Online self -paced short course with a 1-year access duration.

Fault currents in PV and battery systems are extremely high. These can cause a significant damage to electrical systems and human life. Equipment needs to be rated to withstand the fault current or clear the fault before extensive damage is caused. DNSPs require short circuit studies to determine the significance of installing large PV systems in their network.

You will learn:

  • Types of short circuit faults, where/how they may occur
  • Calculating short circuit current
  • Sizing equipment for short circuit current
  • DNSP requirements
  • What happens as a result of a short circuit
  • Demonstration of ETAP/PowerCAD to analyse fault current produced on networks.

Prerequisites & Delivery:

  • Need access to various standards & prior solar design knowledge.
  • Online self -paced short course with a 1-year access duration.

An arc flash blast from switchboards and can cause severe burn injuries to personnel. Arc flash analysis ensures safe operation and maintenance of electrical equipment. These studies also allow the designer to recommend the safety controls and personal protective equipment whilst working on switchboards.

You will learn to:

  • Understand basics of what an arc flash is and how it is formed
  • Understand the IEEE 1584-2018 edition to calculate arc flash current and incident energy
  • Understanding the NFPA 70E for selecting the correct arc rated PPE
  • Using ETAP for AC Arc flash analysis –

 Prerequisites & Delivery:

  • Need access to various standards & prior solar design knowledge.
  • Online self -paced short course with a 1-year access duration.

Protection coordination is the calculation of protection settings of relays and circuit breakers in a network. This ensures the sensing and clearing of a fault by disconnecting only the faulty element, thus safe-guarding the healthy part of the system.

You will learn:

  • The different types of circuit breakers, trip unit settings and significance
  • Basic concepts of – time and current grading, selectivity, discrimination, cascading, zone selective interlocking etc.
  • IEEE recommended practices for coordination
  • AS 3000 and AS 4777 recommended practices for protection device settings for PV installations
  • Demonstration of how ETAP and PowerCAD can be used for protection coordination of PV & battery installations.

Prerequisites & Delivery:

  • Need access to Standards – AS/NZs 3000, IEEE recommended practices, Prior solar design knowledge
  • Online self -paced short course with a 1-year access duration.

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