Solar battery systems are becoming more popular for storing energy on- and off-grid. Knowing what a battery system can and can’t do is important for optimising its performance.
In this self-paced course, you'll build on your general photovoltaic (PV) system knowledge and learn how to choose the correct battery size and functionality for the situation.
Using theory and examples you'll cover:
- the components of a battery storage system
- how batteries operate with a rooftop solar PV system
- battery performance characteristics
- load assessments to determine energy needs
- battery design process
- the operational life of a battery system.
You'll examine the differences between lead acid and lithium-ion battery technologies. You'll also learn about electrical and other hazards to avoid when handling, installing and disposing of battery systems.
After completing this course, you'll be ready to apply your knowledge of the latest battery technology in the field. You'll be able to assess and compare battery characteristics and performance to choose a system to meet the energy needs of residential or small commercial properties.
1 January - 31 December
Once you register, you will be provided with access to the EEA Online platform to start this course.
We can arrange bulk registration packages for corporate clients.
This includes the option to set up an access code for your organisation, allowing your team to register for courses on demand, avoiding the need to request individual Purchase Orders.
We can also customise this course to align to your business objectives or L&D needs.
Find out how we can help you and your team by completing an enquiry form or calling us on +61 3 9321 1700.
- The differences between a rooftop solar PV system with and without a battery
- The main drivers for installing solar battery systems
- How to choose the correct system
- Common terms used to describe battery performance and characteristics
- Understanding manufacturer product datasheets
- How to complete a load assessment to determine the energy and power needs of a property
- How to determine the minimum capacity and power output of a battery
- How to maximise battery system performance
- The components of a solar battery system and their functions
- Safe interaction with a battery system, including disposal
Is this course for you?
This course suits engineers at any level who want to understand solar battery power systems.
While there are no prerequisites for this course, an understanding of photovoltaic systems may be helpful. It is recommended students complete the Solar Power System Fundamentals course prior to enrolling in this course.
Topics we'll cover
- Photovoltaic (PV) and battery systems
- Battery characteristics and technologies
- Battery capacity, discharge power, depth of charge, state of charge and lifecycle
- Connecting batteries
- Battery technologies
- Sizing batteries
- Load assessment
- Selecting battery voltage and capacity
- Economics and payback period
- Operation of a battery system
- Expected performance and system components
- Hazards, maintenance, recycling and disposal
Belinda Lam is a renewable energy engineer. She is the Learning Design Manager at Global Sustainable Energy Solutions (GSES), an engineering, consultancy and training organisation.
Belinda contributes to international consulting and training projects around the Pacific. She also develops and administers accredited courses about renewable energy systems in Australia.
Belinda uses her expertise to help develop short courses that address specific industry needs in the design and installation of solar power systems.
This course is delivered through EEA Online, our digital learning platform.
You'll learn using a mix of practical case studies, quizzes and reading, audio and video materials. You'll also apply your knowledge in practice with a variety of assessment tasks and learning checks.
It will take approximately eight hours to complete. As it is self-paced, you can start anytime and save your progress as you finish each module.
Once you register for the course, you have 90 days to complete it.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a digital badge as evidence of your achievement. Learn more about Engineering Education Australia’s digital badges including how to claim and share on our Frequently asked questions page.
This also counts towards the number of Engineers Australia Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours you can claim.
EEA Online access
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Once you register for a course, you will be provided with access to the EEA Online Canvas platform to start this course.
If you are registering for your first EEA Online course, you will receive an email from [email protected] inviting you to set up your EEA Online account.
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Easy to access, easy to progress [through the course] and well presented. The most beneficial thing about this course was [learning the] ability to size a battery for my own solar installations.
I found the course well structured, and discussed many of the pertinent topics. Knowing that I can gain CPD points from Engineers Australia was also beneficial.