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    Deep dive on Energy Storage and Renewables: Sean White Interview on Cory Vanderpool’s “Solar Broadcast” podcast.

    Deep dive on Energy Storage and Renewables: Sean White Interview on Cory Vanderpool’s “Solar Broadcast” podcast.

    Sean White (solarSEAN.com) is interviewed on his former student Cory Vanderpool's podcast. 
     
    The talk about various subjects including:
     
    Solar and wind are finally cheapest forms of electricity
     
    EVs bringing down the cost of lithium-ion Energy Storage Systems (ESS)
     
    Battery benefits including being a load, besides being a source of power 
     
    Wind power’s cubed relationship to wind speed
     
    Frequency regulation is the biggest use for energy storage right now
     
    Negative energy pricing in Germany
     
    Ramp rates of energy storage beating all other forms of energy by a long shot, especially underground mined resources (fossil fuels and nuclear)
     
    EV to grid future
     
    LG Batteries in cars vs. home ESS price being the same
     
    Lithium-ion graphite anodes, silicon anodes, lithium metal anode, specific energy (energy per weight), dendrites, energy density (energy per volume)
     
    Sean’s $0.20 to $0.40 per kWh battery price prediction in 10-years
     
    Soldering home-made lithium-ion battery packs
     
    Battery cells, battery modules, battery packs definition
     
    Buying houses with pre-existing solar, real estate with solar, and knowing how to value them, solar valuation, solar asset value, solar offset value (offsetting electricity)
     
    You can see Cory’s podcast home page at: https://sparkcertified.mykajabi.com/podcasts/solar-broadcast
     
    Cory’s webpage:
    www.SparkPros.com
     
    Twitter
    www.twitter.com/acoryvanderpool
     
    LinkedIn
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/cory-vanderpool-85bb764a/
     
    Michael Ginsburg’s book: https://www.amazon.com/Solar-Photovoltaic-Power-Optimization-Verification-ebook/dp/B07YQ9D7V2
     
    Sean White's classes, books and everything else: www.solarSEAN.com

    • 44 min
    Grounding, Microhydro Hybrid Systems, Batteries & Mono vs. Polycrystalline Silicon Solar Cells

    Grounding, Microhydro Hybrid Systems, Batteries & Mono vs. Polycrystalline Silicon Solar Cells

    In this podcast we answer 2 questions:


    1) Grounding is important and can be confusing with many different theories of how and why it should be done. Here we are going to talk about the basics, including the neutral (grounded conductor), the equipment grounding conductor (EGC) and the grounding electrode conductor (GEC). We will even make a mention of SWER (single wire earth return), which means using 1 wire for transmission and using the Earth as a conductor! Here is a link about that last part, so you don’t think I am making it up: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-wire_earth_return


    2) Batteries were once always included with PV systems and not as the grid has more intermittent renewables, batteries are making a comeback. We will discuss energy storage, off grid PV systems in Haines Alaska’s Mud Bay and microhydro for generating electricity.


    3) Monocrystalline PV has taken over the number 1 spot from polycrystalline silicon solar cells in the last few years. We will discuss the differences of how these solar cells are made and how they look.


    To find out more about solar and storage, go to www.solarSEAN.com

    • 29 min
    EV to home, Recycling Lithium Batteries & 30% Efficient PV questions answered

    EV to home, Recycling Lithium Batteries & 30% Efficient PV questions answered

    This podcast answers 3 questions on solar and storage.


    1) EV to home can mean EV to grid and EV to backup. Ford has announced that their F-150 Lightning Electric Pickup will be released next year and will have the ability to backup a house. What does that mean? Will it be able to work with a PV system and keep the battery charged or will it only work as long as the battery is charged? Will it be able to send electricity to the grid?


    2) Now that there are a tremendous amount of lithium-ion batteries being manufactured, what will happen at the end of their lives? Fortunately, lithium-ion battery materials are not very toxic, unlike lead-acid batteries. Just like with solar modules, if we accidentally throw the materials in the trash, it will not be a toxicity issue, just a waste issue. Lithium-ion batteries will get recycled and the most important aspect of this is the need for cobalt, since much of the cobalt comes from the Congo, where child labor is often used.


    3) The average efficiency of PV being installed these days hovers somewhere under 20% and the super high efficiency that people buy for some rich people's homes can be 22% efficient. It is interesting that for space applications, you can see up to 40% efficient PV, which has to be super-efficient! Even the richest guy in the world (Elon Musk) thinks gallium arsenide PV is expensive for space and has mentioned that he is using some crystalline silicon PV on some satellites. To find out more about gallium arsenide space solar cells, go to https://www.spectrolab.com/photovoltaics.html and make sure you have a few million bitcoin on your credit card (joke).


    To find out more about solar and storage, go to www.solarSEAN.com

    • 19 min
    Energy Storage, PV & NEC Workshop at the ASES Conference August 2021

    Energy Storage, PV & NEC Workshop at the ASES Conference August 2021

    This is an audio version of the workshop that Sean White taught at the ASES conference at the University of Colorado Boulder on August 6, 2021. To see a video version, go to www.solarSEAN.com for a link to Sean's YouTube channel or find some of this material in Sean's classes at www.HeatSpring.com/sean


     


    You can also find most of the material form Sean's Intensive PV workshop at the ASES conference, which was covered in the last podcast listed on HeatSpring for 2 hours of free NABCEP CE credit at https://www.heatspring.com/courses/introduction-to-solar-pv-design-installation-and-code?aff_id=t3nlgw 


     


    Here is the description of the workshop straight from the ASES.org website:


    This workshop will be jam-packed with NEC insight and interpretation. Sean White teaches PV courses around the world and has authored many technical PV books. Solar Photovoltaic Basics 2nd Ed., Energy Storage Basics, Solar PV Engineering and Installation 2nd Ed., Solar PV Technical Sales and PV and the NEC 2nd Ed. Sean will fill you up with as much information as possible in the time given, while entertaining you. This year Sean will focus more on Energy Storage Systems (ESS) than he has in the past.


     


    Did you know that the NEC allows us to backfeed your house with electric vehicles (EVs) and that it is just the EV manufacturers holding us back? Be ready for when EV manufacturers let us do what they already should have.


     


    This course will count for NABCEP continuing education requirements in every category and will also count for prerequisites for NABCEP Certification.


     


    This course will also include a $200 discount for Sean’s advanced online PV classes.


     


    A printable color digital certificate included with course, along with .pdf files of the presentation.


     


    Your instructor is based in the US and teaches classes internationally. His resume can be seen here www.maximumpowerpointtraining.com


     


    Be sure to check out next year's ASES conference in Albuquerque New Mexico on June 20-24 ases.org/conference see you there!


    go to www.solarSEAN.com

    • 1 hr 36 min
    ASES Solar 2021: Solar PV Intensive Workshop with Sean White

    ASES Solar 2021: Solar PV Intensive Workshop with Sean White

    This podcast is a recording of a workshop Sean taught at the ASES Solar 2021 Conference at the University of Colorado Boulder on August 6, 2021.
     

    This Solar PV Intensive Workshop was fast paced and covered a lot of information. This workshop was in a way covering the same material Sean covers in his Solar PV Boot Camps, which are often 40 hours long in a quick 1.5 hours. There are slides and if you want to see the video version, you will be able to see it at Sean's Youtube channel. Here is the Youtube link for this video.
     
    Topics covered include, Energy Storage Systems (ESS), PV Markets
     
    To find out more about solar and energy storage or classes with Sean White and Bill Brooks, go to www.solarSEAN.com

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Backfeeding the grid Hawaiian Style with Customer Grid-Supply Plus, which is the future

    Backfeeding the grid Hawaiian Style with Customer Grid-Supply Plus, which is the future

    Hawaii has more solar PV per capita than any other state. Since PV is the least expensive energy in the world now, this concentration of PV will soon hit other states and Hawaii is paving the way with new policies that will be able to deal with this abundance of noontime energy. California, which has a lot more people and by for more solar than any other state is also dealing with this abundance.


     


    In this podcast, we will discuss one of Hawaii’s policies put in place to deal with the possibility of producing more energy than the grid needs, but still letting people export to the grid. The policy we are covering is called Customer Grid Supply Plus (CGS+). Get ready for these new types of policies to come to you.


     


    We will also discuss energy storage, and a student review of one of our free classes for 2 hours of NABCEP credit that I do with Bill Brooks where we sadly get accused of being "too funny".


     


    To find out more and to take some of my not-boring classes, go to www.solarSEAN.com

    • 11 min

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Bela_Amelie ,

Great way to learn about Solar and Energy Storage on the go

I am always looking for a way to learn when I am doing other doings and this podcast is the only one I know that teaches technical PV and Energy Storage material from top experts and also is often funny and keeps me entertained. I need to know this stuff and its free! If only you could get NABCEP Credit for listening to a podcast.

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