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Workshops

SPI, ESI, and North America Smart Energy Week is proud to host a series of online workshops in partnership with some of the industry's leading organizations.

Registration for each workshop is separate, and not included in the Microconference series.

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PV 604: Inspecting PV Systems

Monday, November 16, 2020
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST
$90 Member | $100 Non-Member

This course reviews the National Electrical Code (NEC), paying attention to Articles 690 and 705. It also covers equipment listing and labeling requirements, circuit calculations, wiring methods, grounding, overcurrent protection, system labeling requirements, and common code violations. Electrical contractors, installers, and inspectors will learn about Code requirements and best practices for photovoltaic (PV) systems.

Field Applications of PV Operations and Maintenance

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm EST
$175 Member | $195 Non-Member

Operations and maintenance (O&M) is a major sector of the PV industry, with interest coming from installers, project developers, asset managers, financiers, and utilities. Implementing O&M plans for PV systems provides a long term, safe, and cost-effective solution to maximize system production and availability and maintain equipment warranties. Learn preventative maintenance methods, tools, and techniques, as well as troubleshooting procedures for ground faults and other common reactive maintenance issues. With a focus on the tools and techniques for field application, this course covers typical PV system problems and how to remedy them, ensuring PV system safety and longevity, peak productivity, and predictable ROI.

Clearing Up the Confusion: A Look at Battery Types, Applications, and Costs

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm EST
$175 Member | $195 Non-Member

Recent developments in lithium-ion battery technology have seen many installers shifting from lead-acid batteries, the go-to battery chemistry for decades, to lithium-ion chemistries. Customers are also starting to inquire more about lithium-ion storage technologies. In this class, we'll discuss the functional differences between the most common battery chemistries used with PV systems, the various applications for them, and what metrics are used to compare technologies. We'll look at how battery chemistry impacts battery bank sizing by reviewing a couple of design examples. Finally, we'll use those design examples as the basis for a cost comparison of different battery technologies looking at both upfront and life cycle costs.

PV, Energy Storage, and the NEC

Thursday, November 19, 2020
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm EST
$175 Member | $195 Non-Member

Bill and Sean wrote the 2020 NEC version of PV and the NEC (book), which includes Energy Storage Systems (ESS). They teach the NEC workshop every year at SPI and will focus more on ESS than they have in the past for those of you looking for something different. Some things that get Bill and Sean uncontrollably excited are when they explain how we can interconnect two bidirectional EVs, two 10kWh ESSs and two 10kW PV systems on a single 100A service using 705.13 Power Control Systems rather than using 705.11 Supply-Side Source Connections or 705.12 Load-Side Source Connections. The 2020 NEC PV and ESS material is something that Bill is instrumental in writing and will be on Bill's laptop before it is published by NFPA. He coined the term Rapid Shutdown, is currently working on the 2023 NEC and will have some material from his silicon crystal ball. We will also compare the 2017 NEC, which most people are using. NEC articles covered will include 690, 691, 705, 706, 710 and 712. Bill and Sean do not like old 480, so they will tell you why to ignore it and use 706 ESS. Bill and Sean have been teaching NEC Workshops together for 9 years. Bill has been teaching solar for over 3 decades and Sean for over a decade. Sean was the 2014 IREC Trainer of the Year, was awarded the 2019 APVIA award for Academic Contribution in Shanghai and was the 2020 SNEC Online Trainer of the Year. This workshop will count for 4 hours of NABCEP CE credit and include a huge handout of all of the slides. Besides being educational, this workshop will be one of the most fun things you can do online.

Smart Charging: Trends and Opportunities

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST
$90 Member | $100 Non-Member

*This price will also include the workshop titled "Heavy and Medium Duty Vehicles."

Smart Charging can bring large benefits to the grid. This technology shares data between the user, charging station provider and utility, and can optimize energy consumption by monitoring and managing when electric vehicles charge. This allows for charging to happen during off peak hours, and prevent grid overload. Organized by Forth, this webinar will highlight current trends and smart charging projects that are in development.

Heavy and Medium Duty Vehicles

Thursday, December 3, 2020
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST
$90 Member | $100 Non-Member

*This price will also include the workshop titled "Smart Charging: Trends and Opportunities."

Freight trucks, transit and school buses, and other large vehicles are increasingly becoming electrified, which will have a huge effect on the future of moving goods and people. A recent partnership between nine west coast utilities presents recommendations for heavy-and medium-duty vehicle charging along Interstate 5, and shortly following the announcement, the state of California passed landmark legislation requiring heavy-duty manufactures to start selling electric trucks by 2024 and to sell only electric trucks beginning in 2045. Organized by Forth, this webinar will feature speakers representing utilities, vehicle manufacturers and engineering consultants.

Modelling Nano Grids for Resilience, Islanding Capabilities, and Reliability

Monday, December 7, 2020
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm EST
$175 Member | $195 Non-Member

 

The workshop will be headlined with a special industry expert keynote presentation on “The Emerging Grid of Grids – Doing for the Electricity Industry What the Internet Did for the Information Industry”. The half-day workshop covers use case reviews of C&I, Residential, Technical/Special-Data/Telephony/Cable, Neighborhood/Community, EV Charging Infrastructure, Government/Military, Utility, Indoor Agriculture microgrids & more. The workshop includes a special pre-show tour of the “Live & Virtual Grid of Grids” as well as a walk-thru of the new Microgrid Experience “Electric Avenue” featuring an unique Automated Intelligent presentation of the ever expanding microgrid marketplace.

Microgrids – Friend or Foe: A Summit on Microgrids for Utilities

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm EST
$175 Member | $195 Non-Member

 

It’s difficult to find an article in today’s industry news that doesn’t, at least by inference, characterize the increasing discussion and use of microgrids as a significant issue for utilities.  This summit will bring this issue to the floor and argue the pros and cons of microgrids and their use related to utilities and their system operations. Topics will include how microgrids can hurt and/or help grid operations at the distribution level, successful and not-so-successful business and operational strategies involving microgrids, new business models that can turn potential business liabilities into business assets, and more. Also described will be which technologies hold the most promise for utility compatibility, use and support.  Several pilot and production use case will be reviewed and critiqued. The summit will be conducted exclusively for utility upper level management and decision makers. Invited stakeholders will include industry experts and management, including regulators, ISOs, utilities, technology providers and academics.

Microgrids: Luxury or Necessity? A Summit on Microgrid Financing

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm EST
$175 Member | $195 Non-Member

 

Due to the elevated investment cost of microgrids relative to the level of individual equity availability, most projects require debt financing. The rate of interest on that debt is determined by market rates, the creditworthiness of the borrower and on the risk associated with debt recovery upon default. Higher rates of interest imply a greater chance of default and, therefore, a higher level of risk. While higher interest rates help to compensate the lender for increased risk, they can also significantly increase the total cost of project capital and lower its payback rate to borrower.

California Microgrid Summit

Thursday, December 10, 2020
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm EST
$175 Member | $195 Non-Member

Microgrids are a growing trend in electricity generation and distribution. We are at a turning point in the growth of the microgrid market, due in large part to the growing demand for resilient and clean energy systems. That demand, paired with the decreasing cost of technology, is making microgrids more affordable, and a growing contingent of companies are offering microgrid components and systems across the corporate, buildings (both residential and commercial), data center, industry, and infrastructure sectors. Join us and our lineup of microgrid experts as we discuss market opportunities, technical standards, and the status of microgrids in the California Energy Plan. We will explore the obstacles around financing microgrids, standardizing terminology, and improving interoperability, as well as the need to work with utilities and grid operators.

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