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Small Wind Advanced Hand-On Training

Intensive bootcamp in small wind system installation, design, and safety

Course Details

In this five day long intensive course, students will gain an understanding of wind energy installation, including site survey, system design, tower placement, system installation, wiring, and safety.  

In it, you'll learn how to install, repair, and maintain the most common small wind systems including bergy and southwest windpower.  You'll also help prepare yourself for the NABCEP small wind installer exam. 

Highlights: 

- Wind Energy Site Assessment

- Safety When Working With Small Wind Systems

- System Design

- Mechanical and Electrical Design Adaptations

- Installing Subsystems And Components at The Site

- Performing A System Checkout and Inspection

- Small Wind Maintanence and Troubleshooting


Course Modules
  • SW-101 Solar Wind Terminology

    • Solar wind mechanics
    • Solar wind terminology

  • SW-102 Solar Wind Industry, History and Trends

    • The history of solar wind
    • Understanding the industry segments
    • Future projectons and costs
    • Government incentives

  • SW-103: Mechanics of Solar Wind

    • HAWT
    • VAWT
    • Advantages & Disadvantages
    • Kinetic Energy
    • Betz Law
    • Efficiency
    • Truth about birds
    • Truth about noise

  • SW-210 Introduction to Electricity on Small Wind Systems

    • Electrical diagrams
    • Grid tied/Off grid
    • Battery systems
    • Grounding
    • Nacelle
    • Blade mounting
    • Direct drive Vs Induction generators
    • Advantages & disadvantages

  • SW-211 Unit 1 Solar Wind Safety

    • Crane & rigging
    • Head & eye protection
    • Harnesses
    • Rescue kit
    • Communication

  • SW-212 : Wind Speed & Site Analysis

    • Wind shear exponent
    • Turbulence
    • Wind maps
    • Siting

  • SW-213 : Small Wind Foundations

    • Pad & pier
    • Rebar
    • Concrete
    • Geological survey
    • Construction permit
    • Drilled foundations
    • Bad engineering
    • Weather

  • SW-214 : Tower Installation

    • Monopole towers
    • Guyed towers
    • Lattice towers
    • Tower constructions
    • Tools needed

  • SW-223 : Small Wind System Commissioning & Performance Verification

    • Public utility involvment
    • Final saftey check
    • Site clean up
    • Initialization
    • System ready
    • Motoring
    • Braking
    • Maintenance agreements
    • Inspection
    • Severe faults
    • Envirnomental faults
    • Tech support
    • Production meter
    • Private networks

  • SW-330 : Small Wind Dealers & Manufacturers

    • Becoming a dealer
    • Master/sub dealers
    • Choosing your manufacturers

  • SW-331 Small Wind Financial Analysis & Sales

    • Tower heights & money talk
    • Electric bill analysis
    • Purchasing a turbine
    • Reasons to buy a turbine
    • Final sales prices and factors
    • Season wind Vs. average wind speed