SRJC Course Outlines

6/4/2023 8:01:51 PMRENRG 106 Course Outline as of Fall 2020

New Course (First Version)

Discipline and Nbr:  RENRG 106Title:  PV BATTERY STORAGE  
Full Title:  Photovoltaic Battery Storage System Specialty
Last Reviewed:3/9/2020

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum2.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total2.00 Contact Total35.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 105.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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This course will examine electrical energy storage systems for photovoltaic solar panel systems. Field trips may be included.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100 or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course will examine electrical energy storage systems for photovoltaic solar panel systems. Field trips may be included.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100 or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Discuss the benefits of adding battery storage to a homeowner's photovoltaic solar system.
2. Evaluate the effectiveness of battery storage for various home scenarios and backup options.
3. Determine electrical backup system requirements based on different battery technologies and anticipated electrical load demand and duration.

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Students will be able to:
1. Size battery system capacity to a home's loads and backup needs.
2. Investigate how storage batteries integrate with solar photovoltaic systems to create
3. Examine different battery vendors and evaluate the benefits and detriments of each
4. Evaluate when to use generators with, or in place of, a battery storage system.

Topics and Scope
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I. Grid Tied Battery Energy Storage
    A. Grid tied battery storage system overview
    B. Generators and battery storage comparison: benefits, costs, and limitations
    C. Micro grid overview
    D. Comparison of off-grid storage systems with grid tied storage system
    E. Battery technologies used in residential use
    F. Benefits of pairing battery storage with solar photovoltaic systems
    G. Fuel-switching from gas to electricity and effects on battery storage
    H. Battery storage manufacturers: benefits and limitations
    I. Generators added to battery systems.
    J. Electric vehicle-to-grid storage.
II. Driving Forces for Residential Battery Storage Systems
    A. Solar grid saturation
    B. Reliability of electrical grid: PG&E public safety power shut-offs (PSPS)
    C. Increased frequency of major disaster events
    D. Changing utility rate schedules for solar-only systems
    E. Medical dependency situations
    F. Decentralization of electrical distribution grid benefits
III. Sizing Residential Battery Storage Systems
    A. Effects of electrical surges: motors and pumps
    B. Protected Load Panels (PLP)
    C. Load assignments for PLPs
    D. Differences between city- and county-located properties differences and backup needs
    E. Blending battery storage with generators
    F. Extended outages battery sizing
    G. Use of variable frequency drives for lowering electrical surge
    H. Preparation of new residences for battery storage systems
    I. Preparation of existing residences for battery storage systems
IV. Justification of Residential Battery Storage Systems
    A. Federal and local incentives
    B. Favorable rate schedules
    C. Utility usage charges
    D. Designing for time of use
    E. Losses from power outages
V. Future and Emerging Technology
    A. Residential storage as virtual power plants
    B. Micro grids, nano grids, and communities
    C. Battery technology developments
    D. Electric car integration into residential energy storage
    E. Other emerging technologies

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1. Assigned reading (5-10 pages/week)
2. Problem solving assignments (5-10)
3. Weekly class discussions on advanced topics
4. Three- to five-page reports (5-10)
5. Midterm exam
6. Final exam

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 30%
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
25 - 35%
Problem-solving assignments
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 30%
Midterm and final exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
15 - 30%
Active participation in class discussions

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Instructor prepared materials

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