Photovoltaics


Are you interested in a tailor-made training?

The following sample training courses give an overview of possible topics we cover in our tailor-made trainings. The sample trainings can be used as basis to develop a tailor-made training for your company or organisation. If you are interested in a tailor-made training, please fill out this questionnaire and send it to Manolita Wiehl.

Manolita Wiehl
Head of Division
International Business Development and Sales
Tel: +49 (0)30 58 70870 63
Fax: +49 (0)30 58 70870 88
Email: wiehl[at]renac.de

Face-to-face trainings


On-grid photovoltaic (PV) systems: from project development to O&M

Feasibility studies, planning, EPC, economics, operation and maintenance
 


Content:
 
  • Introduction on current global market trends and PV applications
  • Basics on PV technologies
  • PV system design with PVSyst (basics)
  • Core tasks about grid integration
  • PV project development, implementation and O&M
  • Different business models
  • Economics and bankability of on-grid PV projects
  • Hands-on work with solar equipment
  • Site visit to a large-scale PV power plant
 

Learning objectives:
 
  • Assess solar resource and yield
  • Identify PV plant components
  • Design a plant with PVsyst (basic design)
  • Analyze operational data from a real PV system
  • Evaluate the core activities within the PV value chain
  • Assess main steps of project development, implementation and O&M
  • Comprehend key stakeholders, project structures, contracts and approvals
  • Identify risks, risk mitigation, dos and don'ts
  • Assess business models, the KPIs and main costs (CAPEX and OPEX) of PV project calculation
  • Evaluate a project with an according economic efficiency calculation tool
 
Target group:

This training suits those who:

  • Are interested in on-grid PV and have no/little prior knowledge
  • Need a comprehensive overview on PV systems and applications
  • Start evaluating/developing their first projects such as project developers, project managers, engineers, quality inspectors, and customer service professionals in the photovoltaic industry
 
Duration:5 days


Off-grid photovoltaics: from stand-alone systems to hybrid micro-/mini-grids

Solar home systems, micro-grids, mini-grids, hybridisation
 


Content:
 
  • Renewable energy status and market development
  • Fundamentals of energy and solar radiation
  • Photovoltaics (Off-grid, grid-tied)
  • Bioenergy- solid biomass, biogas, biofuels
  • Small hydropower
  • Wind energy technology and project development
  • Concentrating solar power and solar thermal technology
  • Grid integration of renewable energy sources
 

Learning objectives:
 
  • Describe how each technology works,
  • Assess the appropriateness of each technology for different situations
  • Undertake initial system designs and sizing
  • Recognise the main renewable energy market sectors
  • Communicate effectively and knowledgably with technology suppliers and customers
 

Target group:
 
  • Any one new to the subject of RE
  • Persons who would like to start a career in this field
  • Persons who need to advise on the suitability of a RE technology
 
Duration:5 days


Project development, planning and feasibility of PV systems

Feasibility studies, project partners, main contracts, econo- mics, risk assessment
 


Content:
 
  • Energy demand and power balance
  • PV systems capacity
  • Potential of solar resource
  • Site requirement
  • Environmental and social impact assessment
  • Planning of main components (no detailed planning or design)
  • Grid access (no grid study or details about grid access)
  • Feasibility study on technology, economics, operations and risk assessment
 

Learning objectives:
 
  • Understand the main remits of project development and planning and relevant content of feasibility studies
  • Identify the requirements for a feasible PV project
  • Take go / no-go decisions and sort out unfeasible projects
  • Prepare a feasibility study
 
Target group:

This training suits those who:

  • Want to develop PV projects
  • Plan PV projects
  • Evaluate the feasibility of PV projects
 
Duration:5 days


Off-grid photovoltaics: planning and installing solar home systems

Solar home systems, off-grid, engineering, commissioning, sizing
 


Content:
 
  • Applications
  • Components: solar panels, charge controllers, batteries, inverters
  • System configurations
  • Site surveys: solar irradiation and shading
  • Energy efficiency considerations
  • System sizing
  • Operation and maintenance (O&M)
  • System installation: hands-on work with real components.
 

Learning objectives:
 
  • Evaluate components, system topologies and available industry products
  • Assess energy savings potential and calculate suitable system sizes
  • Identify project risks and mitigation strategies
  • Install a simple off-grid system and perform some commissioning tasks.
 
Target group:

This training suits those who:

  • Are technically responsible for power generation systems in rural areas
  • Want to integrate solar photovoltaic (PV) solutions into their portfolio
  • Need to evaluate the technical potential of small-scale off-grid PV systems.
 
Duration:5 days


Design of on-grid photovoltaic systems (1)

Sizing, planning, optimisation, component selection, simulation of the system
 


Content:
 
  • Basics on design of PV systems
  • Solar resource assessment and site survey
  • Sizing of main components and PV systems
  • Design and yield simulation with standard software
  • Economic project assessment
 

Learning objectives:
 
  • Design a PV system according to site conditions, standards and further requirements
  • Select, size and match electrical components according to best practice
  • Simulate the design and yield of a PV system using standard software
  • Adapt the design according to economical requirements
 
Target group:

This training suits those who:

  • Aim to become a PV system designer
  • Wish to understand how a PV plant is set up properly
  • Need to evaluate PV systems in more technical detail
  • Optimize the design according to economical requirements
 
Duration:5 days (for each of both courses)


Design of off-grid photovoltaic systems (2)

Sizing, planning, optimization, component selection, simulation of the system
 


Content:
 
  • Basics on design of PV systems
  • Solar resource assessment and site survey
  • Sizing of main components and PV systems
  • Design and yield simulation with standard software
  • Economic project assessment
 

Learning objectives:
 
  • Design a PV system according to site conditions, standards and further requirements
  • Select, size and match electrical components according to best practice
  • Simulate the design and yield of a PV system using standard software
  • Adapt the design according to economical requirements
 
Target group:

This training suits those who:

  • Aim to become a PV system designer
  • Wish to understand how a PV plant is set up properly
  • Need to evaluate PV systems in more technical detail
  • Optimize the design according to economical requirements
 
Duration:5 days (for each of both courses)


Installation of photovoltaic systems

Construction, mounting, commissioning, electrical engineering, health and safety
 


Content:
 
  • Introduction to photovoltaic systems
  • Review of the whole construction and installation process
  • Mounting and cabling of PV panels
  • String inverter mounting and cabling
  • DC and AC wiring (including protective devices), combiner box installation
  • Commissioning: testing, measuring and fault-finding
  • Installing and wiring monitoring systems
  • PV-specific occupational Health and Safety
 

Learning objectives:
 
  • Identify special requirements for the installation of main PV system components
  • Instruct their workforce to carry out installation tasks in the required quality
  • Pinpoint PV specific hazards and propose suitable counter-measures
  • Plan and manage construction and maintenance tasks efficiently
 
Target group:

This training suits those who:

  • Responsibly supervise work teams on-site
  • Train staff who are to carry out installation tasks
  • Manage the construction of PV systems
 
Duration:5 days


Operation and maintenance of photovoltaic systems

Performance evaluation, troubleshooting, optimisation of PV systems, maintenance plans, management of operation
 


Content:
 
  • Basics about operation and maintenance of PV systems
  • Asset management
  • PV system assessment, performance analysis and optimization
  • PV systems maintenance (preventive, corrective and predictive)
  • Troubleshooting for PV systems
  • Reporting
  • Health and safety
  • Case studies
 

Learning objectives:
 
  • Identify the requirements for proper PV system O&M
  • Evaluate the performance of a PV plant
  • Pinpoint the measures for performance optimization and troubleshooting
  • Plan and manage the O&M procedures including health and safety and reporting
 
Target group:

This training suits those who:

  • Operate PV plants
  • Implement maintenance services for PV systems
  • Optimise the performance of PV plants
 
Duration:5 days


Solar pumping

Pipes and pumps, installation, planning, economics, photovoltaic systems
 


Content:
 
  • Basics on electrics, hydraulics and PV
  • Components for a solar pumping project
  • System configurations and sizing
  • Installation of solar pumping systems
  • Operation and maintenance (O&M)
  • Financial and economic tasks
 

Learning objectives:
 
  • Determine the most important basics for solar pumping projects
  • Evaluate components, system topologies and available industry products
  • Understand system configuration and sizing
  • Identify dos and don’ts for installation and operation and maintenance
  • Calculate a project
 
Target group:

This training suits those who:

  • Are technically responsible for power generation systems in rural areas with focus on agriculture
  • Want to integrate solar pumping solutions into their portfolio
  • Need to evaluate the technical and economic potential of solar pumping systems.
 
Duration:5 days


Off-grid photovoltaics: planning (hybrid) micro-/mini- grids

Micro-grids, mini-grids, off-grid, hybridization, solar systems
 


Content:
 
  • Brownfield and greenfield hybridisation projects using solar PV
  • Evaluate project risks and mitigation strategies
  • Financial analysis and business case
  • Hands-on work with solar equipment
  • Site visit to a PV-hybrid company
 

Learning objectives:
 
  • Evaluate suitable hybridisation projects
  • List all major components, identify their functions and how they can be coupled
  • Identify energy efficiency as one key success factor
  • Analyse the functionality of an energy management system
  • Visit a potential project site and analyse the solar resource
  • Size a solar PV array and battery storage (lead-acid and Li-Ion) to meet the energy demand of a rural electrification project
  • Evaluate project risks and mitigation strategies
  • Analyse the hybridisation business case (fuel and emissions savings)
 
Target group:

This training suits those who:

  • are responsible for power generation systems in rural areas
  • want to integrate solar hybrid solutions into their portfolio
  • need to evaluate the opportunities of PV-diesel hybridisation.
 
Duration:5 days


PV entrepreneurship/business development

Starting a business, business models, business plans, economics, financial aspects
 


Content:
 
  • PV system components and design
  • Project development – basics and entrepreneurship
  • EPC – basics and entrepreneurship
  • Operation and maintenance – basics and entrepreneurship
  • Investing in and financing of PV projects
  • Economics of PV projects
  • Different scenarios of suitable business models in target country
  • Key contracts and principle of subcontracting
  • Development of a business plan for different scenarios
 

Learning objectives:
 
  • Apply technical, legal and financial aspects of grid connected utility scale PV projects
  • Identify key aspects of the project development chain, explain important milestones of the PV project life-cycle, and analyse operational PV system data
  • Understand how to start business in PV sector
  • Set up their own business plan in the local PV sector in order to become an entrepreneur.
 

Target group:
 
  • Consultants
  • Public and private companies
  • Start-ups
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Managers
 
Duration:5 days


Managing and financing PV projects

Investment, business plans, bankability of projects, economics, management and planning
 


Content:
 
  • Introduction to PV technology
  • Typical PV systems and applications
  • Recent developments in the global PV market and outlook
  • Current energy policies and financial support schemes for PV
  • Management of solar projects with case studies
  • Solar investments
  • Economic assessment and financing (with case studies)
  • Technical introduction into funding characteristics of solar projects and costs of solar technologies
  • Financing schemes
  • Financial products
  • Business plan preparation
  • Assessment of cash-flow analyses and due diligence of solar projects
  • Risk profiles and financing risks
 
Learning objectives:Enable the management to start with PV-projects and to cover relevant technical, legal and financial issues
Target group:Management from wholesalers, system providers, project developers, Independent Power Producers, PV management and sales staff, financing institutions from the public and private sector, project developers, planers
Duration:5 days

Online trainings


Photovoltaic – application

Configuration, components, power output, economics, physical aspects
 


Content:
 
  • PV system / Grid connected / Off-grid Application
  • Components of a PV system
  • Physical aspects
  • Energy yield and Performance Ratio
 
Learning objectives:

After completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Categorize different PV system applications
  • Select the correct system configuration and size the necessary components according to the chosen application
  • Analyse the impact of different parameters on the PV system power output
  • Evaluate the economic aspects of PV systems incl. energy yield, metering options and costs
 
Target group:This training suits those who are interested in renewable energy technologies
Duration:Ca. 2 - 3 weeks
Study time:Ca. 20 hours


Photovoltaic – technology

PV cells, PV modules, shading effects, efficiency, configurations
 


Content:
 
  • Physics of PV cells
  • Types of PV cells
  • PV Modules
 
Learning objectives:

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the principles of the photovoltaic effect
  • Describe the characteristics of the different types of PV cells and modules
  • Paraphrase the impact of efficiency and shading on PV modules
  • Select the appropriate PV array configuration for each purpose
 
Target group:This training suits those who are interested in the details of photovoltaic technology.
Duration:Ca. 2 - 3 weeks
Study time:Ca. 20 hours


PV off-grid systems

Configuration, components, sizing, installation, commissioning and O&M, economics
 


Content:
 
  • Applications
  • System components
  • System design and sizing
  • Installation, commissioning, operation & maintenance
  • Economics of off-grid PV systems

This course can be combined with economic or other planning courses.

Learning objectives:

After completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognise and distinguish between different PV off-grid applications and configurations
  • Name and explain the required components of PV off-grid systems
  • Perform preliminary PV off-grid system design and sizing
  • Describe the steps in PV off-grid system installation, operation and maintenance
  • Analyse the economic viability of PV off-grid systems
 
Target group:This training suits those who are (planning to be) involved in off-grid PV systems, engineers, installers
Duration:Ca. 3 - 6 weeks
Study time:Ca. 40 hours


Small-scale PV grid-connected systems

FiTs and net metering, components, sizing, installation, commissioning and O&M
 


Content:
 
  • Introduction to small- and medium-scale grid-connected PV systems
  • Feed-in tariffs and net metering
  • Components of grid-tied PV systems
  • Design and sizing of grid-connected PV systems
  • Installation of grid-connected PV systems
  • Commissioning grid-connected PV systems
  • Operation and maintenance of grid-connected systems
  • Case Study – 3kWp Grid-connected System, Germany
 
Learning objectives:

After completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish the feed-in tariff and net-metering incentive schemes for grid-connected PV systems
  • Name and explain the required components for grid-connected PV systems
  • Perform preliminary grid-connected PV system design and sizing
  • Describe the tasks during commissioning, operation and maintenance
 
Target group:This training suits those who are (planning to be) involved in small-scale (up to 50 kW) grid-connected PV systems, engineers, installers
Duration:Ca. 3 - 6 weeks
Study time:Ca. 40 hours


Planning of large-scale PV grid-connected systems

System components, project development, planning, construction, installation, operation
 


Content:
 
  • Project mission
  • Main system components
  • Project development
  • Project planning
  • Construction and installation
  • PV plant operation
 
Learning objectives:

After completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define and explain the required components of the PV power plant
  • Describe the contracts, studies and permissions required for PV project development
  • Present all necessary steps from planning to operation and maintenance
  • Assess and supervise the implementation of a large-scale PV power plant
 
Target group:This training suits those who are working in the energy sector, engineers, installers, project developers
Duration:Ca. 3 - 6 weeks
Study time:Ca. 40 hours


Business models for photovoltaic projects

Design of business models, business model navigator, development methodologies, roles and activities of different actors in the PV value chain
 


Content:
 
  • Overview of business model design
  • Suitable business models for the main actors involved in utility-scale PV projects: project developers, investors, EPC contractors, O&M contractors, independent engineers, specialists for inspection and testing, mechanical installers of mounting structures and PV modules, SMEs for service and repair
 
Learning objectives:

After completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • describe and implement the Business Model Navigator method for designing business models
  • describe suitable business models for the main actors involved in utility-scale PV projects
 
Target group:

This training suits those who:

  • are professionals planning to be involved in utility-scale PV projects, engineers, project developers, banks and other lenders, investors, EPC contractors, independent engineers, installers, O&M engineers
 
Duration:Ca. 3 - 6 weeks
Study time:Ca. 40 hours


Business plans for photovoltaic projects

Development of bankable business plans, business description, SWOT analysis, marketing plans, financial plans, actors in the PV value chain
 


Content:
 
  • Key aspects of a bankable business plan in the PV market
  • Business plans for the main actors involved in utility-scale PV projects: project developers, investors, EPC contractors, O&M contractors, independent engineers, specialists for inspection and testing, mechanical installers of mounting structures and PV modules, SMEs for service and repair
 
Learning objectives:

After completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • describe key aspects of a bankable business plan in the PV market
  • describe suitable business plans for the main actors involved in utility-scale PV projects
 
Target group:

This training suits those who

  • are professionals planning to be involved in utility-scale PV projects, engineers, project developers, banks and other lenders, investors, EPC contractors, independent engineers, installers, O&M engineers
 
Duration:Ca. 2 - 3 weeks
Study time:Ca. 20 hours


PV-diesel hybrid systems

Components, sizing, dynamic behavior, economics, case studies
 


Content:
 
  • System components
  • System sizing
  • Dynamic system behavior
  • Economic evaluation
  • Case studies
 
Learning objectives:

After completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Estimate the potential and suitable locations for PV-diesel hybrid systems
  • Decide which components are to be used for which purpose
  • Explain the basic parameters for system sizing and dynamic system behavior
  • Evaluate PV-diesel hybrid systems from an economic perspective
 
Target group:This training suits those who are interested in renewable energy technologies
Duration:Ca. 2 - 3 weeks
Study time:Ca. 20 hours


Planning of PV-diesel hybrid systems PV-diesel hybrid systems

Feasibility study, technical aspects for conversion, optimisation, economics, installation, commissioning and O&M
 


Content:
 
  • Introduction to feasibility case study
  • Feasibility study – PV integration and conclusions
  • Technical aspects of conversion from diesel-only to
  • Additional options to optimize system
  • Financial analysis – key parameters
  • Installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance
 
Learning objectives:

After completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish between different system designs and their preferable application
  • Lead a feasibility study to integrate PV into an existing diesel power system
  • Explain the functioning of system components, operational strategies and how to optimise potential
  • Assess and supervise the planning and implementation of a PV-diesel power plant
 
Target group:This training suits those who are working in the energy sector, engineers, installers, project developers
Duration:Ca. 3 - 6 weeks
Study time:Ca. 40 hours