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Monday,
September 08, 2014


At 12:00 PM through October 04, 2014

Alternative Fuel Vehicles PHEV Workshop

Farmingdale State College, Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center

The concept of hybrid technology along with its history will be discussed. A brief explanation on air standard thermodynamic cycles will be included. The definition of efficiency and advantages and disadvantages of using hybrid technology will be highlighted. Different designs of hybrid electric vehicles will be analyzed. This course also covers the safety and maintenance procedures of hybrid vehicles. This is an online course which is offered over an eight-week period. All communication, announcements, course material, homework/project assignments, examinations and any other course related activities are done using Angel Distant Learning Tool. There are eleven modules covering the course materials. For each module, homework is given and upon the completion of the modules the students will be given an examination.

The deadline for payment is one week prior to the selected workshop date.
Register before deadline: $600
Register after deadline: $69


Monday,
September 15, 2014


The workshop introduces the fundamental concepts in Photovoltaic technology. It provides training in the design, installation and maintenance of grid connected residential photovoltaic systems. The course is developed based on Task Analysis of NABCEP. Topics covered include:

  • Overview of PV Systems
  • Sunshine basics
  • How PV works
  • Components of a PV systems
  • Setup, configuration and sizing
  • Wiring and controls
  • Relevant sections of NEC
  • Zoning laws and building codes pertaining to PV systems
  • Interconnection requirements in New York State
  • Specific parameters of concern to utilities in grid connected systems
  • Practical experiments and demonstrations of different aspects of PV
  • Site visit with detailed explanation of maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Actual hands on set-up of a small scale grid connected system

In addition, basic electrical concepts and safety issues related to PV installation and maintenance work will be covered. It is a 6-day, 48-hour training course that includes extensive hands-on experience and real world applications. The first day provides an introduction to basic electricity and PV concepts and it is optional for engineers and licensed electricians. Students are eligible to take the NABCEP Entry Level PV Exam after completing this course.

The Solar Energy Center at Farmingdale State College is accredited as a training institution and continuing education institution on solar energy by the Institute of Sustainable Power. This is the first such center to be accredited in the Northeast and the fourth in the entire USA. The center promotes education, applied research, training and public awareness in sustainable energy and in particular solar energy. Farmingdale State College is the site of the first utility scale photovoltaic demonstration project in the Northeast U.S. Three 20 kW units and one 20 kW unit were installed at various locations on campus in 1992 and 1993 respectively.

Cost: 

The deadline for payment is one week prior to the selected workshop date.
Register before deadline: $795
Register after deadline: $895
(Breakfast, Lunch and textbook are included)

Recommended for: 

Electricians, Solar Contractors, Engineers, Architects, Home Builders, Contractors and anyone who is interested in solar PV systems.

Register at: http://www.farmingdale.edu/academics/centers-institutes/resc/register.shtml


Tuesday,
September 23, 2014


Who Should Attend:  For the general public, students who are interested to enter the utility power career path, and utility power professionals.

Topics Will Include:

  • AMI based load modeling
  • Optimal generation - Unit Commitment and Economic Dispatch
  • Optimal transmission - Fast Power Flow Solver
  • Optimal distribution and delivery - Demand Response Programs
  • Optimal planning and operation
  • Computational challenges and research opportunities

Monday,
September 29, 2014


The workshop introduces the concept and the necessary background in solar thermal technology. It provides training in design, installation and maintenance of residential Solar Hot Water systems. The workshop is designed for installers new to solar thermal technology. It is a 5-day training course that includes extensive hands-on and real world applications. The selected topics are listed below.

  • System components and their functions
  • Drainback systems
  • Active indirect pressurized glycol antifreeze systems
  • Solar thermal collectors
  • Solar hot water savings and performance estimates
  • Active direct open-loop systems
  • System controls, monitoring, testing and troubleshooting
  • Site surveying and collector orientation
  • Solar pool heating

09/29/2014 - 10/03/2014 (9:00am - 5:30pm)

Cost: 
The deadline for payment is one week prior to the selected workshop date.
Register before deadline: $490
Register after deadline: $590
(Breakfast, Lunch and textbook are included)

Recommended for: 
Solar Hot Water Installers, Plumbers, Home builders, Contractors and anyone who is interested in solar thermal installation
(CEU credits are available for attending this workshop)