Introduces Photovoltaic System equipment such as photovoltaic modules, batteries, inverters and charge controllers. Participants are taught to identify the various components, understand how the components interact and interpret manufacturer’s specifications. Design and maintenance principles of stand-alone photovoltaic systems are explained and participants visit demonstrations of PV systems on the BCIT campus. At the end of the course, the participants should be able to: Analyze the solar resource of a potential site; explain the function of each PV system component; interpret performance data for each PV system component; identify the different types of PV systems; specify the main component of an off-grid PV system; perform basic PV system maintenance. Prerequisites: A basic knowledge of electricity, Ohm’s Law and Kirchoff’s Law.
Addresses more advanced PV system design as well as the requirements of the Canadian Electrical Code. The design principles of grid-tie PV systems, off grid hybrid systems and Building Integrated PV systems are covered in detail. Advances in PV technology, the economics of PV systems, computer programs for PV design, and the PV industry in general are also discussed. Students will also learn to: identify potential PV system designs suitable for a particular application and site; specify and design PV systems for various types of applications; relate the operating principles of PV system components to PV system design; estimate the energy production of a grid-tie PV system; and refer to and interpret sections of the CEC applicable to PV systems. Prerequisites: CESA 0158
Solar Water Heating
Introduces concepts and equipment for common solar water applications, including swimming pools, domestic hot water and hydronic heating. Participants will be introduced to main classes of solar collectors, including glazed, unglazed and evacuated tubes. They will be taught how to assess the solar resource at a particular site, and understand how various siting issues affect system performance. The course will review the most common types of systems and their components; freeze protection strategies; and performance estimates to enable appropriate sizing of systems. The relevant CSA standards will be reviewed, as will the certification process for collectors and systems. Participants will be taught installation basics and the maintenance requirements of common systems.
This course focuses on the design aspects of solar water heating systems, and uses the RETScreen software for modelling systems. Other modelling software will be introduced. Participants will understand the common collector efficiency equations used, and the differences between them. Details of collector testing and certification will be reviewed. The course will cover the design principles for residential and commercial domestic hot water systems. Storage sizing, and its impact on system performance will be examined. Participants will be able to develop performance estimates for systems, and evaluate against economic and other criteria. Prerequisites: CESA 0178