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Course Objectives:

This program provides a solid understanding of Solar Thermal markets and applications, Safety basics, Plumbing basics, solar energy fundamentals, Thermal system mechanical design and performance analysis, maintenance and troubleshooting. Students who complete this program are qualified to take the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) exam. The overall objective of the program is to provide an individual with the knowledge and skill level so that the individual can obtain an entry level job in this fast growing field.

Topical Outline:

  1. Thermal Market and Applications
  2. PV Vs. Thermal
  3. Plumbing and Liquid Flow Basics
  4. Safety Basics
  5. Heating Fundamentals
  6. System Components
  7. System Sizing
  8. Commercials and Incentive Calculation
  9. Performance Analysis and Troubleshooting

1) Thermal Markets and Applications

  1. Describe history of Thermal technology and industry
  2. Describe markets and applications for Thermal ( Domestic Heat, Radiant Heating, etc.)
  3. Identify types of Heating systems (Traditional, Radiant, Space Heating, heating with storage,etc.)
  4. Associate key features and benefits of Thermal applications

2) PV Vs Thermal

  1. Basic conception of PV and Solar Thermal
  2. PV basic with electrical fundaments
  3. Thermal Basics

3) Plumbing and Liquid Flow Basics

  1. Plumbing basics
  2. Liquid Flow basics
  3. Nature of Liquid, Freezing and boiling point and it's effect
  4. Plumbing : Nick – Knacks
  5. Use of tools and material
  6. Licensing needs and Safety guidelines
  7. Junctions, joints, traps, theory and training
  8. Valves, stops, motors, speed control

4) Safety Basics

  1. Tool Usage and Safety
  2. Air Pressure, Water pressure, steam pressure: Accident Cause, Percussions and Proactive Actions
  3. Documentation methods
  4. Importance of safety sings, safety valves, release valves, and its right placements
  5. Pressure release mechanisms and it'sright practice
  6. Pipe, clog, burst Hazards and work around
  7. Pipe, clog, burst Hazards and work around
  8. Use of Life saving kits

5) Heating Fundamentals

  1. Define measurement conditions for solar thermal and BOS modules
  2. Compute expected output values of solar module under variety of environmental conditions
  3. Describe the components and construction of a typical flat plate solar thermal module
  4. Calculate the efficiency of solar module
  5. Explain Home and commercial Heating Needs
  6. Describe typical design criteria of Home and radiant heating
  7. Describe the major qualification tests and standards for solar thermal

6) System Components

  1. Describe most common solar thermal mounting techniques (ground, roof, Vertical)
  2. Compare features and benefits of different solar mounting techniques
  3. Describe and identify purpose and operation of main Thermal BOS components (Pumps, pressure release, expansion tank, mixers, controller, combiner, flow and burst fault protection, storage tanks, Insulation)

7) System Sizing

  1. Illustrate interaction of typical heat loss and usage need)
  2. Analyze load demand for basic, Hybrid, Eco-active
  3. Identify typical heat loss or over production factors
  4. Calculate estimated peak performance output (isothermal and direct conductive)
  5. Calculate estimated monthly and annual Heat consumption
  6. Explain relationship between direct heat transfer, glycol transfer, etc.
  7. Calculate module, storage and expansion size for Home and commercial system

8) Commercials and Incentive Calculation

  1. Methods to identify city, municipality, state and federal Incentive
  2. Cost calculations.
  3. Market overview, Methods for marketing, Contracts and Contract negotiations Basics
  4. Fund, resources, and Credit management

9) Performance Analysis and Troubleshooting

  1. Client Relation managements, Satisfaction fulfillment
  2. Vendor relation management : stock Items, Parts supply, ETA, Transport and
  3. Balance between hiring, networking on labor and material
  4. Troubleshooting:
    1. Use of Blue Prints,
    2. Understand As- Built Drawings
    3. Back flow
    4. Immediate remedies.
    5. Long term solutions.

Performance Analysis and Troubleshooting

  1. Describe typical system design errors
  2. Describe typical system performance problems
  3. Associate performance problems with typical causes
  4. List equipment needed for typical system performance analysis
  5. Compare actual system power output to expected
  6. Identify typical locations for electrical/mechanical failure


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