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A sample copy of the Turbine Nacelle Troubleshooting Student Reference Guide is also included with the system for your evaluation. Sourced from the system’s curriculum, the Student Reference Guide takes the entire series’ technical content contained in the learning objectives and combines them into one perfectly-bound book. Student Reference Guides supplement this course by providing a condensed, inexpensive reference tool that learners will find invaluable once they finish their training, making it the perfect course takeaway.

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Curriculum Also Available in Spanish

Closed-Loop Solar Thermal Troubleshooting Training | Hands-On Skills

Learning System: 950-STCL1

The growing interest in alternative energy and renewable resources has created a shortage of qualified solar thermal technicians throughout the green energy sector. So what are some of the essential skills that solar thermal technicians need to succeed?

Solar thermal technicians need basic knowledge and hands-on skills in a variety of foundational technologies, such as electrical, electronics, and fluid power, as well as advanced abilities related directly to the latest solar thermal technologies. Amatrol’s Solar Thermal Troubleshooting – Closed-Loop Learning System (950-STCL1) teaches a range of solar thermal troubleshooting skills for closed-loop systems through a unique combination of eLearning curriculum and hands-on experience with real industrial solar thermal components.

Learning Topics

  • Balance of System Components
  • Digital Differential Controllers
  • Collectors
  • Pressurized Closed-Loop Solar Thermal Systems
  • System Operation & Adjustment
  • Drainback Solar Thermal Systems
  • System Charging
  • System Programming
  • Solar Storage Tanks
  • Heat Exchanger
  • System Troubleshooting
  • Pumps

What is the Difference between Closed-Loop and Open-Loop Solar Thermal Systems?

Unlike solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, which harness solar power to generate electrical power, solar thermal systems collect energy from the sun and convert it into heat.

Solar thermal systems transfer the heat generated from their solar collectors to residential or business water systems. Solar thermal systems are especially effective for businesses and residential properties that have a large hot water requirement.

Solar thermal heating systems can be divided into categories: closed-loop systems and open-loop systems. So what’s the difference between these two types of systems?

In closed-loop systems, often called indirect systems, the solar collector panels contain a heat transfer fluid, such as a solution of antifreeze and water (glycol and water). This mixture absorbs heat and carries it to a heat exchanger in the cylinder, where heat is then transferred to the household water supply.

Closed-loop systems tend to be less efficient than open-loop systems, because some heat is lost through the heat exchanger in the process of heat transfer. However, closed-loop systems are preferable in cold climates due to their use of freeze-resistant fluid.

In open-loop systems, often called direct systems, the solar collector panels heat water and send it back to the cylinder where it is then sent directly to taps or appliances for household use. Open-loop systems usually feature a temperature-controlled pump or similar system that will circulate hot water through the panel to prevent freezing during cold weather.

Multimedia Curriculum Available

Solar thermal technicians need basic knowledge and hands-on skills in a variety of foundational technologies, such as electrical, electronics, and fluid power, as well as advanced abilities related directly to the latest solar thermal technologies. Amatrol’s Solar Thermal Troubleshooting – Closed-Loop Learning System (950-STCL1) teaches a range of solar thermal troubleshooting skills for closed-loop systems through a unique combination of eLearning curriculum and hands-on experience with real industrial solar thermal components.

Amatrol’s interactive multimedia eLearning curriculum teaches solar thermal troubleshooting topics using text, audio, video, interactive quizzes, and stunning 3D animations to appeal to a variety of different learning styles. Learners begin with the basic solar thermal components, such as solar collectors, pumps, heat exchangers, and solar storage tanks.

From there, they steadily advance to more complex concepts and skills, including digital controllers; drainback system operation, charging, and troubleshooting; and pressurized closed-loop system operation, charging, and troubleshooting.

Learners using Amatrol’s eLearning will find that its comprehensive, detailed curriculum teaches both the foundational knowledge and practical hands-on skills they need to troubleshoot both drainback and pressurized closed-loop style solar thermal systems. It will also help students and workers prepare for solar certifications from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), the premier solar technology certification organization.

Expand Your Solar Training | Training Systems

Amatrol’s Solar and Wind hardware simulators, supported by interactive multimedia, provide the opportunity to gain industry-vetted skills in the classroom. Solar and Wind Technicians require specialized training to ensure that installed systems operation to their optimal levels. While these systems are similar to others that include electrical and fluid components, their installation, set up, maintenance, and troubleshooting procedures are unique and proper training is essential.

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