Solar Energy Training

589-01 Introduction to Solar Energy

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to explain the benefits of solar power generation and how solar power can be used to augment power generation from fossil fuels. You will also be able to describe the most common methods of solar power generation in use today.

  • Describe the benefits of solar power production
  • List common ways solar energy can be used to augment traditional fossil fuel generation
  • Explain how energy storage systems are used to overcome deficiencies in solar power production
  • Describe how a photovoltaic solar plant produces and delivers power to the grid
  • Describe how a thermal solar plant produces and supplies steam for use in electrical power generation

589-03 Solar Energy - Photovoltaic

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to explain the purpose of a photovoltaic cell and describe how they can be arranged to form arrays suitable for power generation. You will also be able to describe the common components required to support power generation from photovoltaic systems.

  • Describe the basic construction and operation of a photovoltaic cell
  • Define photovoltaic effect as it relates production of photovoltaic cells
  • Explain Maximum Power Point (MPP) and how voltage, current, and power output are related in a photovoltaic cell
  • Explain how photovoltaic cells are arranged to form modules, panels, and arrays
  • Understand the function of the following equipment related to photovoltaic solar installations:
    • Batteries
    • Inverters
    • Charge controllers
    • Peak-power trackers
    • Mounting hardware
  • Describe and give examples of the following types of photovoltaic applications:
    • Direct coupled
    • Stand-alone
    • Grid-connected
    • Hybrid-connected

589-05 Solar Energy – Thermal Applications

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to explain how concentrated solar power can be used to generate electricity. You will also be able to describe the function and operation of the components that make up a functioning solar thermal power generating system.

  • Explain Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and how it is converted to electrical energy
  • Describe a Rankine cycle power plant in relation to CSP
  • Explain the function of the major components in a CSP power plant:
    • Solar collector
    • Heat transfer medium
    • Thermal energy storage
    • Boiler
  • Turbine generator
  • Describe the following types of solar collectors:
    • Power tower
    • Parabolic trough
  • Describe the components and explain the operation of a parabolic trough concentrated solar power system
  • Compare stand-alone and integrated solar combined cycle (ISCC) plant designs