Certified PV Professional

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The Certified PV Professional online training provides knowledge on planning and operation of different PV systems, pointing out critical success factors. The first three courses provide basic knowledge on components, configuration and sizing as well as on economics of various types of PV systems.The following three courses further explain these topics, and show how to plan and operate exemplary PV power plants and PV-diesel systems. These courses give technologyspecific details as well as tips for the planning and operation process.

Introductory courses

Each participant will have access to short introductory courses on energy and electricity topics to learn or revise the basics. These courses are not mandatory, and will not be covered in the exam.

Certified PV Professional courses

  • Photovoltaics (PV) application and technology
  • PV-diesel hybrid systems
  • Off-grid systems
  • Small-scale PV grid connected systems
  • Planning of PV-diesel hybrid systems

Study time: About 150 hours

E-learning platform: Access the demo course on our e-learning platform.

Detailed course description: A detailed course description is available for download here.

Contact

Raquel Cascales
Project Director E-Learning and Blended Learning
Tel: +49 (0) 30 526 895 877
Fax: +49 (0) 30 526 895 899
Email: cascales[at]renac.de

This training suits those who:

  • Require detailed knowledge on the technical characteristics of various PV systems
  • Need to deal with various stakeholders in a project appraisal process
  • Will be involved in planning or supervising the implementation of a PV plant

After the seminar, you will be able to:

  • Determine the optimal PV system size and estimate the corresponding energy yield
  • Categorise PV-diesel hybrid systems and evaluate their economic viability
  • Indentify the system type (off-grid, grid-connected or hybrid) suited to an application
  • Define the planning and implementation steps to ensure the success of a PV project

Upon successful finalisation of the training, you will receive a RENAC Certificate.

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Certified PV Professional

Highlights

  • Flexibility to study at any time and from any location
  • Extensive support and live virtual classrooms
  • Multimedia learning material and self-evaluation tests
  • Certified by the "Staatliche Zentralstelle für Fernunterricht - ZFU" (German Authority for Distance Learning)
  • RENAC certificate upon successful finalisation of the training
  • 10% discount for early bird registration

Access the demo course on our e-learning platform

Available dates & times

Next Date Location Language Registration deadline Lecturers Price € Early bird € Valid until  
01.04.19 - 30.09.19 Online EN 27.03.2019
1.380,00 1.242,00 1.242,00 20.02.2019

Lecturers

Bernd Wollwerth-Carl, RENAC
Current position:
Bernd Wollwerth-Carl has been working in different fields of renewable energies for almost 20 years and has been with Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG since March 2017. At RENAC he leads the Solar Energy department and in this role he gives lectures, runs seminars and workshops, and coordinates all solar energy projects.

Professional experience:
After finishing his studies, Bernd started working in different fields of bioenergy (process engineering of biodiesel plants, operation of biogas plants, R&D for biogas liquefaction, etc.). In 2003 he joined the German Energy Agency (dena) where he was responsible for the bioenergy sector within the “Export Initiative Renewable Energies”. Here he implemented several large projects including the first PV roof top project of dena’s “solar roof program” in Athens. Later he worked for an energy supply company where he designed, developed and implemented bioenergy heat supply projects all over Germany. Thereafter he worked for three years as manager of the bioenergy department and later as International Sector Manager “Energy Companies” for the consulting company Ecofys GmbH where he implemented several large bioenergy studies. In 2009 he founded the company KWA Eviva GmbH and worked there as CEO as well as project developer for large-scale PV power plants in Germany, in Turkey and further countries abroad. At KWA Eviva GmbH he realized several large-scale ground-mounted PV plants.

Education:
Bernd has a diploma in Environmental Engineering.
Frank Jackson, RENAC
Current position:
Currently Frank runs a range of courses for people who are getting involved in the renewable energy industry and more specialised courses for solar electricity.

Professional experience:
Frank Jackson is an expert solar photovoltaic trainer and has been involved in the solar energy industry since the early 1990s, running courses and seminars, designing and installing systems, and more recently active in publishing. He has worked in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Kenya, Tanzania and Somalia. Besides training activities, he has also designed and installed numerous photovoltaic systems (both off-grid and grid-tied).

Education:
Frank Jackson studied 1992 Photovoltaics and Development at the University of East London, and Electrical Installation Competences at the City & Guilds London Institute, London & Wales.
Lars Koerner, RENAC
Current position:
Lars Koerner joined Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG in May 2014 as Project Director. He coordinates and conducts training programs at Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG mainly in the field of solar energy systems. Off-grid systems and PV-Diesel-Hybrid mini-grids for rural electrification or industrial applications are his special interest.

Professional experience:
Before joining RENAC Lars gained seven years of experience as project engineer and senior product manager at SolarWorld AG where he also managed several rural electrification projects. His experience in the area of solar energy spans further through his work at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Almeria, Spain and Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg, Germany. He is an expert in sizing and simulation of solar energy systems and the co-author on off-grid systems in Earthscan’s 3rd edition of “Planning and Installing Photovoltaic Systems”.

Education:
Lars holds an engineering diploma in Environmental Engineering / Renewable Energies and is also a state-licensed electrician.
Mario Alabi Ramos, Dyscresa
Current position:
Mario Alabi has been working in different fields of renewable energies. Since 2015 he worked as lecturer for RENAC and runs lectures in small hydro, Hybrid Diesel PV, wind turbines and solar thermal.

Professional experience:
In 2017 he collaborates in the construction of a 5MW solar PV park.

Education:
Mario has a Master in Business Administration and a Bachelor in Electronic Engineering.
Matthis Brinkhaus, RENAC
Current position:
Matthis Brinkhaus joined the Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG in September 2013. He was working first as a project assistant in the advanced online training of the capacity building programme on renewable energy & grid integration (ReGrid). Since June 2015 he has been working as a project manager in the three-year capacity building programme on renewable energy & grid integration (CapREG). He mainly develops new learning materials for the online training but he is also involved in face-to-face trainings and development of mobile exhibitions.

Professional experience:
Before joining RENAC, Matthis gained experience in different fields of energy at home and abroad. He worked for a German company developing hydrogen fuel cells, for a consultancy of the Indian solar market based in New Delhi and for a German company involved in micro-energy projects.

Education:
Matthis Brinkhaus studied Engineering and Business Management. He did his Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Ansbach and his Master of Science at the Technical University of Berlin, graduating in May 2015. Throughout his studies he focussed on energy technology and energy economics. In his Master thesis he investigated the Indian balancing power market. Matthis speaks German and English and has advanced knowledge in French.

Testimonials

"Certified PV Professional is very good for anyone who has a basic knowledge about renewables and seeking for more indepth practical and economical technicalities about Photovoltaics. "
Laith Allahham, Electrical Engineer, Jordan, Certified PV Professional, 2018

"The Certified PV Professional course helps me to dive into solar photovoltaic applications from a stand alone system to a large grid-connected solar farm including hybrid solutions."
Laurent Domegni, Technical Expert, Togo, Certified PV Professional, 2018

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