Solar PV Training in New Zealand

How to use a Solar Pathfinder for analyse a sites shading losses
How to use a Solar Pathfinder for analyse a sites shading losses

One day solar PV workshops in New Zealand

Australian Solar Council Vice President Glen Morris will deliver the training, moderate the discussion and answer your questions on many aspects of NZS 5033 (PV Arrays) and practical applications of this standard.

Glen will demonstrate some practical site assessment activities and ways to maximize the performance of a solar PV system under a range of conditions.

Location and dates:

SEANZ

Tuesday 2 July – Auckland

Wednesday 3 July – Wellington

Thursday 4 July – Christchurch

Contact Rebecca George for bookings:
Email: rebecca@seanz.org.nz
Phone: 021 2893 893

Easy Warm

Friday 5 July – Pukekohe

Contact Barbara Elliston for bookings:
Email: barbara@easy-warm.com
Freecall: 0508 76 93 76

Off-grid SPS Training Course

Enrol in Swinburne University of Technology’s Stand-alone Power System Short Course

Swinburne students with off-grid equipment

Nine day course consisting of:

Six days held at the Wantirna Campus in Melbourne

See Swinburne’s Short Courses website for details

Three day off-grid practicals at Moora Moora Community Coop (Healesville/Mount Toolebewong)

NB. An equivalent amount of online learning and assessment is to be completed in the student’s own time.

Enquiries please call Sonja on (03) 9726 1616
or send an email to CETT_Shortcourse@swin.edu.au.

Professional Development Workshops

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Steve Ingrouille and Brian England at Solar2013

If you missed the Australian Solar Council’s great two day professional development stream at the recent Solar2013 Conference in Melbourne last May – then don’t fret. The Solar Council has bundled together the best of the best and Glen Morris is going to be touring them around nine towns and cities in Australia.

Locations and dates are:

Perth
Tuesday 18th June

Adelaide
Wednesday 19th June

Newcastle
Thursday 20th June

Townsville
Tuesday 30th July

Brisbane
Wednesday 31th July

Coffs Harbour
Monday 23rd Sept

Rockhampton
Monday 30th Sept

WA Regional
Saturday 5th Oct

Sydney
Monday 14th October

Hobart
Friday 18th Oct

Darwin
Saturday 12th October

Canberra
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Keep and eye out on the Australian Solar Council’s website for registration and location details in the next few days.

 

 

How to calculate PV array voltage

Video of Glen Morris explaining to his solar grid-connect class how to calculate the amount of change in voltage due to temperature change of a PV module.

 

PV voltage temperature coefficients from Glen Morris on Vimeo.

Glen Morris explaining why strings of PV modules in parallel strings must be at the same potential.

 

The Great Solar Mistake from Glen Morris on Vimeo.

Solar 2013 Conference

Some photos from the Australian Solar Council’s industry conference in Melbourne 23-24 May (photos Glen Morris)

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Corrosion failure of PV module connectors

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Corrosion of PV connector causing damage to Colorbond roof
Corrosion of PV connector causing damage to Colorbond roof

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Salt corrosion of PV connector
Salt corrosion of PV connector

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Enrol in Sydney SPS Course

To enrol in Swinburne’s SPS Short Course to be held:

Ausgrid Training Facility Silverwater (Sydney)

Tuesday 4 to Friday 7 June

Tuesday 11 to Wednesday 12 June

Moora Moora Community Coop (Healesville/Mount Toolebewong)

Tuesday 25 to Thursday 27 June

Please download Part A and B of the enrolment form and send to:

Vishal Khanna

Centre for Engineering, Technology and Trades
Electrical and Renewable Energy
Swinburne University of Technology – TAFE Division
Wantirna Campus | 369 Stud Road, Wantirna 3152
Phone: (03) 9210 1987
Email: vkhanna@swin.edu.au

2013 TAFE Enrol Form Part A

2013 TAFE Enrol Form Part B

To confirm your place please call Vishal first. Numbers are strictly limited.

Dodgy battery backup systems

Grid-connected systems with battery backup

Due to the poor export tariffs being offered by many electricity retailers around Australia, many folk are turning to having some on-grid battery storage options so that they can store their valuable solar energy during the day to use at night – when they need it.

These kinds of systems are much more complex and have a lot more safety standards to comply with than a pure grid-connected solar PV system. Below is an example of a non-compliant system that breaches many of the requirements of the relevant standards: AS/NZS 3000; AS 4086; AS 2676; AS/NZS 4509.

 

Not secured for authorised access only
Not secured for authorised access only
Poor cable support and protection
Poor cable support and protection
Equipment placed above battery vents
Equipment placed above battery vents

Rapid environmental degradation of solar cable and connectors

These photos were provided to me anonymously – they show a three year old solar PV system in Australia that while being serviced had major problems with the cable and connectors.

Sun damaged 3 year old solar connector
Sun damaged 3 year old solar connector
Connector fell apart in the installers hands while being disconnected
Connector fell apart in the installer’s hands while being disconnected
Sun damaged cable detail
Detail of supposedly PV1-F certified cable. White marks are remnants of a sticker.

Solar in Australia

Going Solar: Renewing Australia’s electricity options By Laura Eadie and Cameron Elliott April 2013
Going Solar: Renewing Australia’s electricity options
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