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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.

Additional Requirements

Recommendations

  • Solar Thermal Cold Water Supply Station (95-STW1)
  • Solar Concepts (950-SC1)

Utilities

  • Electricity (120 VAC/60 Hz/1 phase)

 

Curriculum Also Available in Spanish

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

Learning System: 950-STOL1

Amatrol’s Solar Thermal Troubleshooting – Open-Loop Learning System features a wide variety of industry-standard solar thermal equipment to teach relevant hands-on skills. For example, the 950-STOL1 includes a mobile workstation with a digital differential controller; AC and DC centrifugal pumps; temperature probes; check valves; flow meters; relief valves; vacation bypass; tempering valves; solar storage tank; multiple component circuit panels; photovoltaic panel; and two solar collectors.

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 draindown and pressurized open-loop 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.

Learning Topics

  • Solar Collectors
  • Pumps
  • Solar Storage Tanks
  • Air Vent and Vacuum Valves
  • Check and Ball Valves
  • PV-Powered Solar Thermal Systems
  • Freeze Protection
  • Digital Controllers
  • Draindown System Operation
  • System Troubleshooting

What is a Solar Thermal System?

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.

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

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

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.

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.

What Skills do Solar Thermal Technicians Need?

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 – Open-Loop Learning System (950-STOL1) teaches a range of solar thermal troubleshooting skills for open-loop systems through a unique combination of eLearning curriculum and hands-on experience with real industrial solar thermal components.

Multimedia Curriculum Available

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, solar storage tanks, air vent and vacuum valves, and check and ball valves.

From there, they steadily advance to more complex concepts and skills, including digital controllers; PV-powered solar thermal system operation and troubleshooting; freeze protection; and draindown system operation 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 draindown and pressurized open-loop 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.

Green Technologies | Learning Systems

Amatrol’s Green Energy Technology eLearning courses cover two concepts: Wind Turbine Technology and Solar Technology. This learning program starts with many traditional technical disciplines like electric motor control, wiring, rotation machines, hydraulics, mechanical fabrication, print reading, etc. and moves into more specialized skills in wind turbine and solar thermal concepts and installation.

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