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Sunmodule Bisun - Introducing SolarWorld Bifacial Modules

Learn more about bifacial solar technology- how it works, its history and what makes SolarWorld’s new Sunmodule Bisun a game-changer. Here, we will introduce you to SolarWorld’s 60 and 72-cell bifacial product offerings, discuss key factors influencing the bifacial power boost and explain how to use SolarWorld’s online Boost Calculator to model system performance. We discuss technical design considerations such as racking and inverter compatibility, wire and fuse sizing, array to inverter sizing ratios and conclude with a review of SolarWorld bifacial test sites around the world.

Pre-recorded webinar - Cost: Free

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Introduction to SolarWorld products and programs

Welcome to SolarWorld - Learn about SolarWorld products and programs, manufacturing locations and capabilities, and how to become a partner with SolarWorld. We’ll also discuss SolarWorld’s 40+ years of American solar manufacturing and how SolarWorld modules are built for reliability and performance in real-world conditions.

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Performance testing and maintenance of SolarWorld modules

Description: Please join the SolarWorld technical training team for a discussion on how to properly test and maintain SolarWorld PV modules, and factors influencing system performance. Here, we’ll introduce various testing equipment for both residential and commercial PV arrays, including the digital multimeter, pyranometer, infrared thermometer, megohmmeter, IV curve tracer and thermal imaging camera. We will also review SolarWorld recommended maintenance measures for optimal system efficiency and integrity.

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PV installation video series

See below for a descritption of each of the 4 videos in this playlist.

Welcome to the SolarWorld installation training video series. In Part 1, we look at installation planning and racking, using SolarWorld 60-cell black modules, Quick Mount PV composition roof mounts, and SolarWorld Sunfix Plus racking.

Part 2 of this video series demonstrates the installation of SolarWorld modules with Enphase microinverters, concluding with an overview of the balance of system components and grid interconnection.

Part 3 demonstrates the installation of SolarWorld modules with an SMA transformerless string inverter. Note that this demonstration installation meets 2014 NEC rapid shutdown requirements, as the inverter is located less than 10 feet from the PV array.

The installation training video series concludes with a part 4, performing a performance test on a working ground-mounted PV array. Here, we discuss the impacts of irradiance, temperature, and other system losses on the expected AC power output of the string inverter. We use a pyranometer and an infrared thermometer to measure irradiance and temperature and calculate their effects on system performance.

Solar Energy International

Upcoming Solar Energy International (SEI) online training*

*Registered, Authorized and Platinum SolarWorld Installers can receive a discount on these trainings. Email us at trainingusa [at] solarworld [dot] com to learn more.

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RE100: Introduction to renewable energy | Online

Welcome to the world of renewable energy. RE100 is a free course that covers the basics of renewable energy and is a great introduction for those new to the field, those who are looking to make a career change, or those who just want to learn more about energy from the sun, wind and water, energy efficiency and the basics of electricity.

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PVOL101: Solar training - Solar electric design and installation (grid-direct) | Online

PVOL101 is your gateway to a career in the solar industry. It all starts with the fundamentals and a solid understanding of various components, system architectures and applications for PV systems. Other topics include site analysis, system sizing, array configuration and performance estimation; electrical design characteristics such as wiring, overcurrent protection and grounding; a detailed look at module and inverter specifications and characteristics; mounting methods for various roof structures and ground­mounts; and an introduction to safely and effectively commissioning grid­direct PV systems...

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PVOL202: Solar training - Advanced PV system design and the NEC (grid-direct) | Online

Take a deep dive into National Electrical Code (NEC 2014) standards as well as other best practices that pertain to designing grid­direct PV systems. The focus in PVOL202 is on residential and commercial­-scale systems, but the Code requirements, design parameters and best practices are applicable to all types and sizes of PV installations. Detailed lessons address requirements for disconnects, overcurrent protection and wire sizing; interconnection requirements and calculations; grounding, ground-­faults and surge protection; calculations for system sizing, inverter selection and electrical configuration; ground and roof mount details; and commissioning and performance analysis procedures.

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PVOL203: Solar training - PV system fundamentals (battery-based) | Online

Energy storage has been a part of many PV systems since the beginning, but now the market is growing like never before. In PVOL203 the focus is on the fundamentals of battery-based PV systems. The applications and configurations are many and their complexity far exceeds that of grid-direct PV systems. Components such as batteries, charge controllers and battery-based inverters are covered in detail, along with safety and maintenance considerations unique to battery-based systems. Load analysis is critical to system design and will also be addressed along with other design criteria such as battery bank configuration and the electrical integration of the system.

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PVOL303: Solar training - Advanced PV multimode and microgrid design (battery-based) | Online

Among the most complex PV systems, multimode systems and microgrids have many applications and demand for them is growing fast. Whether powering a campus, providing backup for when the grid is down, or reducing peak demand, there are numerous benefits of PV systems with energy storage that can interact with the utility grid ­ or act as their own grid. Lessons in PVOL303 include detailed design considerations for AC and DC coupled systems, as well as numerous examples for each, along with an in-­depth presentation on designing a stand-alone microgrid. National Electrical Code (NEC®) requirements and best practices that pertain to these systems are addressed, including interconnection with the utility grid, along with maintenance and commissioning procedures and requirements.

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PVOL304: Solar training - Advanced PV stand-alone system design (battery-based) | Online

Off-­grid was where PV got its start – with so many applications for stand­-alone power and continual new developments and cost reductions in energy storage technology, this sector of the market is growing like never before. Detailed analysis of load considerations, charge controller sizing and specifying stand-alone inverters is followed by numerous design examples that address the wide ranging specifics of different off-grid applications. Also covered is generator sizing and integration, maintenance for stand-­alone systems, water pumping and a healthy dose of best practices that have been learned over the years. Advance your PV knowledge well beyond where the grid goes with PVOL304!

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