Course Agenda (Course Code 100)

Stand Alone Solar Power Systems: Design And Installation

Course Code 100

Course Agenda

Note: This course is for design and installation.  Sessions relating to design e are marked with a (D), relating to installation are marked with an (I).

At the start of each day and sometimes immediately after lunch exercises are undertaken based on the previous work.

Day 1

8:30 – 8:45: Welcome and Introduction
8:45 – 9:00:  Brief overview of the course
9:00 – 9: 30: Break
9:30 – 12:00: Discussion of course manual

12:00 – 12:30: Safety
Personal safety
Safety of components
On-site inspection and risk assessment

12:30 – 1:30 – Break
1:30 – 3:00 what is solar energy?
Uses of solar energy
Advantages of solar energy

Introduction to solar home systems
What solar home systems?
Components of solar home systems
Functions of components

  • Panel
  • Charge controller
  • Battery
  • Inverter
  • Cables
  •  Loads

3:00 – 4:00: Workshop
Testing of panels

Day 2

8:30 – 9:00: Workshop
Testing of batteries
Workshop: Safety Clothing to be worn when working with wet lead batteries
Workshop: Testing and measuring voltage of cells
Workshop: Using hydrometer to measure Specific Gravity

9:00 – 9:30 – Break

9:30 -12:30: Connection of batteries and panels in:

  • Series connection
  • Parallel connection
  • Series parallel

Workshop connection of batteries and panels in

  • Series
  • Parallel
  • Series/Parallel

12:30 – 1: 30 Break
1:30 – 2:00: Irradiation and peak sun hours
Concept of peak sun hours (PSH)

2:00 – 3:00: Drawing exercise on series and parallel connection of batteries and panels

Day 3

8:30 – 9:00: Revision of the first two days

9:00 – 9:30: Break
9:30 – 12: 30: Systems sizing

  • Estimating loads
  • Daily energy use
  • Total Amp-hr  demand per day
  • Sizing and specifying batteries
  • Battery capacity

12:30 – 1:30 Break

1:30 – 4:00 System Installation

  • Sizing of controllers and inverters
  • Sizing solar array
  • Cable sizing
  • Example of solar home systems
  • Solar installation tips
  • Maintenance
  • Trouble shooting

Day 4

8:30 – 9:00 Workshop

  • Connecting up the whole system

10: 10:30       

  • Fault finding
  • Trouble shooting

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch Break
1:30 – 4:00

  • Workshop on voltage drop
  • Class Exercises
  • Questions and answers

Day 5

8:30 – 9:00 On- Site installation

One-On-One discussion (30mins with each participant)