Renewable Energy Training Program

Renewable Energy Based Electricity
Generating Systems for Rural Development
Systems, Applications, Economics

Brief Contents of the RE Training Program

Solar Electricity service Option

      In recent years, many opportunities have been identified for applying cost effective Electricity Generating Systems (EGS) utilizing Renewable Energy Technologies (RET) to loads usually served by utilities. The common features of these loads are their remote locations, relatively small power requirements and high cost of service if conventional technologies are used. One of the most popular RET systems is photovoltaic (PV) devices which convert solar light directly into electricity.
In many cases PV (which will be defined as Solar Electric Systems) can provide less expensive solution (on a first cost basis) for this particular load requirement if compared to the cost of extending the utility to the site or the cost of operating an onsite diesel generator.

      The following are some of the fundamental issues to be aware of in least-cost PV power generation planning:

1) PV is a modular and reliable energy source that has the potential for providing a wide range of applications and fulfilling a variety of requirements (whether several watts of stand alone or hundreds of megawatts of grid-connected power);
2) It can complement other available energy sources and offer excellent solutions to load management problems;
3) PV requires a relatively short period of time from the design phase to electric energy production. This reduces the construction finance needed (as compared with conventional: fossil or nuclear) and allows closer match of utility production capacity;
4) PV impact on the environment is minimum, making PV a very attractive energy option.

      The solar electricity training program will cover the following topics related to PV systems:

A. Solar Electricity Training Program

A.1. Basics of Photovoltaic (PV) systems
A.2. Description of PV systems components and applications (Installation)
A.2.1. Modules
A.2.2. Storage
     A.2.3. Power Conditioning
A.2.4. Off grid application
A.2.5. On grid application
A.3. Examples of photovoltaic system design and cost analysis
A.3.1. Solar Home Systems
A.3.2. Village Power
A.3.3. Water Pumping Systems
A.3.4. Industrial Systems
A.4. Photovoltaic Project Consideration
A.4.1. Distance to load
A.4.2. Social aspects
A.4.3. Solar resources
A.4.4. Reliability
A.4.5. Managing expectation
A.4.6. Intangible values
A.5. Energy calculation and economic feasibility

B. Wind Energy Training Program

B.1. Review of Basics of Wind Energy Systems
B.2. Possible Application & Utilization of Wind Energy Systems
B.3. Description of Wind Turbine
B.3.1. Components
B.3.2. Types
B.4. Elements of Wind Energy Projects
B.4.1. Design
B.4.2. Construction
B.4.3. Resource Assessment
B.4.4. Environmental Assessment
B.4.5. Maintenance
B.5. Wind Energy Economic Feasibility
B.6. Wind Energy Project Consideration

C. Modern Biomass Energy Training Program

C.1. Review of Basics of Biomass Systems
C.2. Biomass System Description
C.3. Biomass Fuels
C.3.1. Agricultural residues
C.3.2. Municipal waste
C.4. Economic Feasibility of Biomass Energy
C.5. Biomass Project Consideration & Environmental Assessment

D. Micro/Mini hydro Power Systems

D.1. Basics of Micro/Mini hydro Systems
D.2. Utilization of Micro/Mini hydro system for rural community development
D.2.1. Electric Power Output
D.2.2. Efficiency
     D.2.3. Reliability
D.3. System Description
D.3.1. Design
D.3.2. Construction / Installationr
D.3.3. Components
D.3.4. Maintenance & Operation
D.4. Economics and Technical Viability of Mini/Micro hydro systems
D.5. Resource Assessment & Environmental impact Assessment.

E. Wind Energy Training Program

This course covers various technical, economic, and regulatory aspects of energy management objectives & benefits
E.1. Build and improve personal Energy management skills
E.2. Learn about advanced Energy Management technologies
E.3. Knowledge of tools needed to maximize energy productivity.