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Course Agenda (Course Code 600)

DSTC COMMUNITY TRAINING COURSE
 COURSE AGENDA

 

Course Code 600

Day One
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 Two
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 Three
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 Four             
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 Five
8:30 – 9:00 On- Site installation  
One-On-One discussion (30mins with each participant)

END

 

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