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Kemery Company, our newest business member, is having an all-day training program beginning at 8 am and continuing through lunch (included in the price) until 4:30. The location of this training will be the Jubilee Banquet Hall, 6700 jubilee Center Way, Knoxville TN 37912. The cost of the all day training is $90.00 per person. Two or more individuals registering together reduces the price of each reservation to $80. Attendees will get a binder with important information for installing PV systems. Reservations are limited so call Kemery Company at 865-933-6261 or go to the following website which contains more information on the training and the link to the reservation form.
Solar Training – Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct) in Knoxville Scheduled for April 8 thru 12th
Sustainable Future is excited to help with Solar Energy International (SEI) training in Knoxville April 8th, 2013 – April 12th, 2013. This five day course is great for those wanting to get into the solar industry or those that need to prepare for the NABCEP entry level test. Included in the course will be some “hands on” exercises at the Sustainable Future solar park, with class room work being held at a local hotel. This course will be taught by two very seasoned solar installers who have installed systems all over the country. This course will provide an overview of the three basic PV system applications, primarily focusing on grid-direct systems. The goal of the course is to create a fundamental understanding of the core concepts necessary to work with all PV systems, including: system components, site analysis, PV module criteria, mounting solutions, safety, and commissioning. The course will also cover the basics of sizing a residential grid-direct system, wire sizing, overcurrent protection, and grounding – all of which will be expanded upon in PV202.
Prerequisites: Before participating in the PV101 in-person workshop, students are required to complete the self-paced PV 101 PREP online component (included in price of PV101, you will automatically be enrolled in PV PREP Online at the time you register for PV101).
Date: April 8 through April 12, a five day course
Location: Knoxville, TN
Instructors: Joe Villacci, Kyle Bolger
Register today at the American Solar Energy Society for the conference details and sign up.
Highlights of the technical session include:
New techniques for making high-performance quantum-dot and nanoparticle photovoltaic cells.
The status of the High Definition PV project, an industry-wide program to reduce the cost of solar installations through plug-and-play standardization.
Several new techniques to reduce the cost of dispatchable power from concentrating solar thermal (CSP) plants, a key development in providing cheap, clean solar power to run municipal grids through the night.
Solar-powered furnaces that generate hydrogen or syngas fuels at high efficiency.
A wide variety of simplified techniques for minute-to-minute and hour-to-hour forecasting of solar farm output, useful for balancing loads across geographic regions.
Efficient new ways to store solar-heated hot water – and use solar heat to drive air conditioners.
Cheap feedstocks for cheap biodiesel.
Hybrid light rail that runs when the grid goes down.
Driving large desalination and waste-water recovery systems with renewable energy.
Promoting Solar PV Deployment Through Micro-Investments
This conference is hosted by the American Solar Energy Society to which TSEA is the Tennessee State Chapter. Established in 1954, the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society is the nation’s leading association of solar professionals and advocates. Our mission is to speed the transition to a sustainable energy economy.
Congressman Bill Huizenga, a Michigan Republican, wrote on his Facebook page: “I have serious concerns over the Chinese firm Wanxiang Group Corp attempt to buy A123. I am concerned this transaction poses a threat to U.S. national security, America’s global innovation leadership and job creation.” According to Huizenga, A123′s contracts with the DOE involve power grids, advanced armor, unmanned vehicles and portable power systems.
I could not agree more. New technology that is inherent in our military applications is usually limited from export by what is know as ‘export control’ limitations imposed by the Federal Government. I know because I was an export control officer when I served at Fort Monmouth New Jersey. So limiting the technology developed in this country vital to the defense needs must be protected. I am not enough of an expert in batteries to say that A123 is the most vital battery technology available, but other experts at the Department of Energy supposedly are expert in assessing the technology of A123 as compared to what else is available here. The corporate world works on the rule of the fiduciary who acts at all times for the sole benefit and interest of the one who trusts (investors). Forget loyalty, social benefit, patriotism because all these are not the concern of the corporation who are ruled to serve the best interests of their investors, whomever they may be.
“This may be the closing chapter of A123 Systems as a U.S.-owned firm. According to news reports citing sources with knowledge of the matter, lithium-ion battery maker A123 is now owned by Wanxiang Group, China’s largest maker of auto parts and a major supplier to Ford and General Motors.
Wanxiang’s $260 million bid bested a joint offer from Johnson Controls and NEC for control of most of the assets of A123, including the automotive battery business that Johnson Controls had wanted to purchase, a representative of Lazard Freres, investment banker for A123, told Reuters. Germany’s Siemens was also a bidder, according to news reports.
Wanxiang’s apparent winning bid is sure to raise an outcry in Washington, D.C., however. A123 had received $250 million in U.S. Department of Energy grants and has spent about half of the funding to build its key battery plants in Michigan. The company is also developing battery storage technology for the U.S. military, an area that could raise national security concerns — although according to reports, A123′s government business will be sold separately to U.S.-based Navitas Systems for $2.25 million, which could assuage some concerns on that front.”
We noticed that the hits on our website showed a doubling of hits when we publicized our DIY workshop. That showed us that our website viewers were interested in more events where they can get information and ask questions. It was each of you who will decide on what we do next as an event. Here are some ideas that we have come up with that might be of interest. Review these topics and if you do not find what you want about to know about solar energy and what it can do for you, let us know. In fact, give us your opinion as to your interest in participating in such an event. Your opinion will be the decision maker of what we do next.
1. Solar energy for farmers and remote locations
2. Information on solar energy for teachers and lecturers
3. Benefits of solar to combat global warming
4. Adding energy storage to your home or business can provide electricity during and after natural disasters
If none of these topics satisfy your curiosity, then tell us what you want to know.
Stephen Levy, Technical Director
Tennessee Solar Energy Association
The report helped drive the Department of Energy’s (DOEs) decision to use $100 million in stimulus funding for Smart Grid education. The DOE granted a total of 52 awards, which are being used to help rebuild programs targeted towards Smart Grid education. The awards have been given to support craft workers, engineers, community colleges, universities and other aspects of academia and industry. This diverse mix of stakeholders are helping to rebuild all of the elements of the educational portfolio that are of critical importance to smart grid’s success. Today, rising student interest and recent short-term infusions of research support are helping to rebuild universities’ power and energy educational programs.
As a result of these myriad efforts, we are seeing more students enter the power and energy field. The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative is helping to attract undergraduate electrical engineering students to the Smart Grid pipeline by providing three, one-year scholarships of $2,000, $2,000 and $3,000 in students’ sophomore, junior and senior years as long as they meet academic and student career experience requirements in the power and energy field.
One way to get students and others interested in Smart Grid is to attract students who are studying engineering, but remain uncertain about their specific career direction. The PES offers them a “home” and the means to connect with the industry and its professionals through actual hands-on experience and guidance.
JANUARY 21 – 25, 2013
University of Tennessee
Center for Industrial Services
193 C Polk Avenue
Nashville, TN 37210
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Technology Entry-Level Training Includes:
• NABCEP entry-level Certificate of Knowledge exam
• PV history and market developments
• Solar concepts and terminology
• Onsite PV system configurations and components
• PV Safety
• NABCEP Entry Level Exam
Who Should Attend Any person or business interested in learning the basics of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Technology.
Cost The cost is $995.00 to attend the Solar PV Technology training course. Lunch is provided. Accommodations are NOT provided.
All students must be pre-registered for the course; no walk-ins will be accepted.
To register for this Solar PV course or for more information please contact:
UT Center for Industrial Services
Came across this website and it advertises free solar education. For those who are interested in solar energy and cannot afford the time or expense of traveling to the nearest NABCEP course may find this free educational training useful. I have not seen this website before and cannot comment on it, but it is at least worth exploring.
Go to: http://solpowerpeople.com/ and then
there you will find this statement:
SolPowerPeople, Inc. is a global PV industry market development and international solar training organization dedicated to providing the highest quality hands-on solar training at a competitive price to the far corners of the United States, and FREE online training worldwide. SolPowerPeople will spend the 2012 year traveling the USA, training more than 1,000 people with the dynamic 40-hour, hands-on introductory and advanced solar PV workshops, SPV2000/SPV3000 Accelerated PV Design & Installation Workshop, and a series of short Solar Seminars, all the while delivering FREE education with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) through the #SolarMOOC Academy.
Click on #Solar MOOC Academy and that will take you to the free academy.
“SolPowerPeople offers FREE Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), that are designed for anyone and everyone interested in the Solar PV Industry, especially for those who seek NABCEP, Rise, or UL Certification. This is a very collaborative effort amongst leading professionals in the solar industry, and all the active participants from around the world. The #SolarMOOC’s structure, daily Newsletters, live lectures, and guidance is delivered by SolPowerPeople as way to help empower the masses with solar knowledge in a fun, interactive, collaborative, free way.”
What have you to loose?
The Tennessee Solar Energy Association in collaboration with the Tennessee Renewable Energy and Economic Development Council is holding a workshop for those interested in installing solar in their homes, businesses and farms.
The workshop is set for 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the University of Tennessee Conference Center. The Center is located at the corner of Locust and Clinch downtown.
Experts will provide information and a manual containing articles on each aspect of solar purchasing of equipment and how the equipment is assembled to produce electricity from sunlight. The manual will contain examples of home solar projects as published in Home Power magazine.
Cost for the dinner buffet, the manual and the instruction is $30. TSEA and TREEDC members will have a $5 discount. Space is limited.
Free parking will be available at the Locust Street garage across the street from the U.T. Conference Center.
Details are available on TNSolarEnergy.org and registration info is found under the Events heading of the website.