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Solar PV System Design

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Dec 2 - 3, 2020 /
Course Code: 11-1217-ONL20

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  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor

Overview

Please Note:
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This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks and lunch) *********************************************************************************

After participating in the course, you will be able to:

  • Apply basic principles of solar cell operation and comply with electrical authority and system operator
  • Perform AC and DC system losses, fault analysis at combiner boxes and assess solar farm site
  • Complete design layout and orientation, financial evaluations and operation of utility scale inverters
  • Transform to AC and connection medium voltage (MV) and high voltage (HV) distribution system
  • Understand safe design (AC arc flash analysis, labeling and interlocking)

Description:
The last renewable energy resource to be developed in Canada, solar PV systems are unfamiliar to many engineers involved in power generation. The course deals with solar site assessment, installation consideration, financial evaluation of design, DC and AC losses, utility scale inverters, project scheduling, MV and HV distribution, PV system commissioning and authorities technical requirements.

The course focuses on ground-mounted, grid-connected, medium and large utility scale solar farms connected to medium-voltage hydro circuits. Participants will also learn about overall solar farm configuration including DC and AC design and conceptual design of MV substation and AC collector circuits.

Course Outline :

  • PV modules
  • String voltage and current sizing
  • String combiners and recombiners
  • Solar farm site assessment
  • DC system losses
  • DC to AC transformation
  • Medium voltage collector system distribution
  • Medium voltage and high voltage substation design
  • Grounding
  • Project scheduling and procurement
  • Schedule
  • Testing and commissioning of PV system

Who Should Attend:
Owners • Electrical Designers • Electrical Engineers • Sales Engineers • Electricians • Project Managers • Installation and Operating Engineers requiring knowledge of PV Solar Systems

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Syllabus

Please Note:
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This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks and lunch) *********************************************************************************

Day I

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes, and Assessment Method

PV Modules

  • Properties of light and PV modules
  • Basic theory
  • Commercial types and technologies
  • Understanding PV modules’ technical specifications
  • PV module IV curve

String Voltage and Current Sizing

  • Case study 1: VOC and ISC calculations
  • Cable sizing and ampacity
  • Approved cable types and cable sizing

String Combiners and Recombiners

  • Circuit ampacity correction and derating Factors
  • Sizing for combiners and recombiner boxes
  • "Smart" combiner boxes
  • Prewired combiner boxes
  • Fault analysis at combiner boxes
  • Case study 2: Voc and ISC calculations and sizing of combiner and recombiner boxes

Solar Farm Site Assessment

  • Civil works
  • Environmental aspect
  • Array length
  • Access road

Questions

Adjournment

Day II

DC System Losses

  • PV module losses
  • Environmental losses
  • Cable voltage drop: I2R losses
  • Case study 3: I2R losses calculation

DC to AC Transformation

  • Understanding technical specifications for DC/AC grid tie-in inverters
  • Grid tie-in inverter operation principle
  • Inverter station e-house package
  • Inverter AC short circuit contribution
  • DC/AC ratio design consideration
  • AC transformation for utility grade inverters: Inverter AC output to hydro medium-voltage
  • MV collector system conceptual design
  • MV and HV substation conceptual design
  • Conservation of operational energy (“brown” power)
  • Safety aspects (Arc flash analysis and interlocking)
  • AC system losses (medium-voltage transformers no load and load losses and I2R cable losses)
  • Summary of DC and AC losses
  • HV and MV Substation design concepts

Grounding

  • Electrical Safety Code requirements
  • Grounding potential rise (GPR)

Project Schedule

  • Design/construction sequencing
  • Procurement
  • Limited and Full notice to proceed task orders
  • 3rd party interaction

Testing and Commissioning of PV System

  • Open circuit voltage test
  • IV curve test
  • Thermal image

Regulatory Requirements

  • Electrical Safety Authority
  • Alberta Electric System Operator requirements
  • Case study 4: 10 MW design example

Questions and Answers, Feedback on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment

Instructor

Igor Bozic, P.Eng.

Igor is a registered professional electrical engineer with LEED accreditation. He graduated from the electrical engineering program at Ryerson University in 2001. A member of the consulting industry since 1999, Mr. Bozic has gained extensive experience in commercial, industrial, and utility scale wind and solar projects. He has worked with a number of different clients in industrial, heavy industrial, utility, transportation, commercial, health care, and government sectors. He specializes in the technical aspects of projects, taking on roles as electrical inspector, electrical engineer, electrical lead for utility scale solar and wind projects.

His experience also includes financial analysis, procurement for EPC contracts, regulatory requirements, testing and commissioning, performance guarantee, and feasibility studies. Mr. Bozic is an employee of Wood, where he works as an electrical department lead.



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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points
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