Renewables and Biomimicry

​​​​With  over a decade of experience developing and delivering award- winning customized PV training for universities, community colleges, solar companies, utilities and the military,  I can bring NABCEP (the gold standard  in renewable energy professional certifications) ​approved training to your employees with the courses below:

"Fundamentals of Design and Installation of PV Systems" 

This course is based on NABCEP’s Entry Level Learning Objectives for PV installers as well as NABCEP's Job Task Analysis. The classroom lectures of this 40 hour workshop are dedicated to the technical aspect of photovoltaics, including system types, component and applications, as well as  best practices for design, installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting.  An optional NABCEP Entry-Level Exam is offered at the conclusion of the course.

This training counts toward the entry level educational requirement (other requirements needed) on the journey to becoming a NABCEP Certified PV installer. You must meet additional education (advanced class below) and experiential requirements to sit for the NABCEP Certification exam. 

"Advanced Design and Installation of PV Systems"

This 40-hour course covers advanced topics to consider when designing commercial and utility -scale PV systems. The Design and Installation course (isted above) is a prerequisite to taking  this advanced course.

This course counts for the 40 hour advanced PV course education requirement found in SEC 3.5 of the NABCEP Candidate Handbook needed to sit for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification Exam.  The bulk of this week-long workshop covers topics relating to the National Electrical Code® (NEC) requirements for PV systems and prepares the participant for proper code compliance, wire sizing, equipment specifications, permit processing, commissioning and other necessary steps in the design and installation phases of residential and commercial systems. Activities in this workshop include designing a multiple inverter commercial PV system, from choosing equipment to processing forms, and a tour of commercial PV systems.  This course covers advanced topics to consider when designing commercial and utility -scale PV systems. 

"Operation and Maintenance of PV systems "

16 hour workshop dedicated to understanding advanced topics relating to an operational system.  Course topics include understanding IV curve considerations-what it means for system performance.  In addition arc flash requirements, fuse servicing and ground fault protection are discussed.  We will use the as-built drawings of your onsite PV system  to customize the curriculum. 

 As a biomimicry consultant I walk each client from their design challenge to a suite of inherently material and energy efficient, innovative design solutions through the  implementation of the Biomimicry Thinking Design Methodology:

In the "Scoping Phase" I work with your team  to determine what your true design challenge is. We will  translate your design challenge into the core functions that product or service must perform, functions that are found in nature. Here we collaborate to identify what the product should DO (verb), as opposed to what the product should BE (noun). 

In the "Discovery Phase" I utilize the identified functions to undergo an extensive search throughout the biological spectrum to uncover  those organisms that optimally accomplish functions that meet the desired functional needs of your product/process. I gain an understanding of how the strategies work,  and it's underlying mechanism, which is how function is achieved.  I then abstract the design principles from the biology to inform an innovative new product/process design solution.

In the "Creating Phase"  your product/process innovation team and I  brainstorm Bio-inspired innovation solutions  based on the abstracted principles elucidated above.

In the "Evaluating Phase" your product/process innovation team and I  assess the product/process alignment with Nature's Life Principles (L.P.'s).  We assess  if more aspirational goals need to be met and determine opportunities for improvement  in future product/process iterations. 




 

 



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