Renewable Energy > Utility and Community Scale Energy Storage Systems - Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

About this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) 

This course will provide a detailed analysis of Utility and Community Scale Energy Storage (U&CES) Systems. Beginning with an overview of the current available technologies, the course will present the elements of U&CES with a focus on the benefits to utilities, as well as the advantages of energy storage for commercial and industrial energy users.

The course will allow participants to gain practical and theoretical knowledge about U&CES systems, with a focus on real-world applications and current working examples of the various technologies. Participants in this course will upon completion of this course, be able to:

  • Define and explain how Utility and Community Scale Energy Storage (U&CES) System operates, and the benefits of these systems
  • Describe and identify components and specifications of a U&CES system
  • Identify the best application and limitations of each system type
  • Calculate U&CES system costs
  • Describe financial benefits of U&CES systems
  • Correctly size a U&CES system
  • Recommend a U&CES system to meet a utility administrator’s of business owner’s goals
  • Identify and describe different U&CES system types, their storage capabilities and the systems
  • Explain data analysis, connection scheme, control algorithm and power system study for U&CES
  • Explain and describe safety issues with U&CES
  • Define commissioning, operation and maintenance procedures for U&CES systems
  • Demonstrate proper safety procedures when installing a U&CES systems
  • Explain various policy, methodologies and utility-sided business model for implementation of U&CES system
  • Project developers and administrators
  • Investors
  • EPCs
  • Project managers
  • Installers
  • Designers
  • Government policy makers

The VILT will be delivered online in 4 half-day sessions comprising 5 hours per day, with 2 x 10 minutes break per day, including time for lectures, discussion, quizzes and short classroom exercises.

Additionally, some self-study will be requested. Participants are invited but not obliged to bring a short presentation (10 mins max) on a practical problem they encountered in their work. This will then be explained and discussed during the VILT. A short test or quiz will be held at the end the course.

Our key expert is the CEO of Great Northern Solar, and is a NABCEP certified Photovoltaic Installation Professional. He has been an instructor with the Midwest Renewable Energy Institute since 1993 teaching advanced photovoltaic (PV) design and installation, and is an IREC Certified Master trainer (TM) in Photovoltaic Technologies. He was the primary curriculum developer for the MREI Photovoltaic courses at the institute’s inception.

A strong advocate for clean energy production, our key expert volunteers with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (board of directors member 2004-2014, Chair of the Nominations Committee – current), and with the Northern Futures Foundation.

Our key expert has been designing, specifying, installing and operating battery based solar electric systems (PV) for over 30 years’. He has lived “off-grid” for over 26 years’, where he runs his business Great Norther Solar.

He has been training contractors, administrators and officials in the operation of PV systems including those employing storage for over 26 years’. In the last 5 years, he has been investigating and developing training’s for the application of energy storage in commercial and other large applications. With the development of lithium-ion and other advanced battery technologies, he has begun to consult and present training’s in battery design and deployment for the commercial market.

In 2016, our key expert developed a hands-on seminar for retro-fitting a LiOn storage and energy arbitrage system for a commercial building in Duluth Minnesota. The Hartley Solar Storage Retrofit Seminar walked participants through the design and implementation of the advanced storage system to provide for building resiliency and peak demand load shaving as well, and potential ancillary services for the Hartley Nature Center and Minnesota Power – the site

Most recently, our key expert has presented “Energy Storage into Renewable Energy Systems” for the North Central Electrical League in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area of Minnesota.

To further optimise your learning experience from our courses, we also offer individualized “One to One” coaching support for 2 hours post training. We can help improve your competence in your chosen area of interest, based on your learning needs and available hours. This is a great opportunity to improve your capability and confidence in a particular area of expertise. It will be delivered over a secure video conference call by one of our senior trainers. They will work with you to create a tailor-made coaching program that will help you achieve your goals faster.
Request for further information about post training coaching support and fees applicable for this.

Learn what past participants have said about EnergyEdge training courses

If you want to go into a deep dive into Utility and Community Scale Energy Storage, then this is the seminar to take. RE and Energy Storage is the way to go.

Legal Counsel, AC Energy, Philippines, Inc.

The lesson is interesting and provides plenty of information on energy storage system. The lesson was well controlled in terms of time and depth of content.

Senior Engineer, CLP Power Hong Kong Limited.

Utility and Community Scale Energy Storage Systems has met my objectives and hopefully to implement my knowledge in future implementation. The course conducted by the trainer is great, he is knowledgeable and provide great insights to the ESS.

Senior Engineer, Plus Renewable Services Pte Ltd.

I enjoyed this introduction course to Utility and Community Scale ESS and would recommend it to my peers. Christopher LaForge is a fun and knowledgeable industry veteran and is dedicated to give valuable perspectives on the growing ESS market as well as a 360 degrees view of the industry.

Senior Manager - Strategic Development, Durapower Group.

The course gives a good overall view of battery technology.

Manager, AFRY.

Trainer is highly experienced in WIS field!

Manager (Corporate strategy) , N.U.R Power SDN BHD.

Excellent training, very experienced and enthusiastic trainer!

Senior Manager, Tenaga Nasional Berhad.

The ESS course I attended is one of the best short courses I have ever attended. The course is well mixed with theory, practice and future outlook. The instructors came from the other side of the world, who brought us fresh perspectives, culture and market experience.

Senior Manager – Maintenance, Sembcorp Cogen Pte Ltd.

Very useful course. Excellent trainers with experience in their respective areas.

Senior Financial Analyst, Energy Market Authority.