Amatrol Solar Thermal Closed-Loop Troubleshooting Learning System

Amatrol’s Solar Thermal Closed-Loop Troubleshooting Learning System allows students to develop the specialized skills and knowledge needed for working with the two common types of thermal closed-loop systems: drainback and pressurized.

Installing and maintaining solar thermal closed-loop systems require hands-on skills and troubleshooting ability across both drainback and pressurized systems. Likewise, engineers and designers need to understand the technologies used in these systems as well.

Amatrol’s 950-STCL1 Solar Thermal Closed-Loop Troubleshooting Learning System (shown at right with optional sun simulator attached) allows students to develop the specialized skills and knowledge needed for working with the two common types of thermal closed-loop systems: drainback and pressurized. The 950-STCL1 teaches students connection, operation, programming, and troubleshooting of both drainback and pressurized systems. The curriculum is PC-based multimedia that is highly interactive. It allows students to use the learning style best for them – reading, listening, or visual. The 950-STCL1 supports the NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) test for Certified Solar Thermal System Installer.

The 950-STCL1 includes all components needed to develop hands on, job-ready skills: all solar specific components as well as balance of system items. The learning system contains a mobile workstation, multiple component circuit panels, two solar collectors, fault insertion, PC-based multimedia student curriculum, and instructor’s assessment guide. An optional sun simulator is available to facilitate classes indoors when outdoor conditions do not support solar heating.

Fault Insertion For Both Electrical and Fluid Systems

At the heart of a technician’s skill set is the ability to troubleshoot a system. The 950-STCL1 is equipped with a wide array of both electrical and fluid faults that allow instructors to replicate realistic system and component failures. Students will learn to independently solve the many common types of situations they will encounter on the job.

Balance of System Components – Replicates Real World Thermal Systems

Developing installation and troubleshooting skills for solar thermal systems requires all the components commonly found in these systems. Elements such as vacation bypass, check valves, relief valves, flow meters, and tempering valves are essential to create realistic systems and troubleshooting situations. Amatrol also includes a digital differential controller that features many programming capabilities which allow students to learn how to program the more sophisticated thermal systems they are likely to encounter.

Two Types of Closed-Loop Thermal Systems

Solar technicians will encounter both drainback and pressurized closed loop solar thermal systems. Across any given region that experiences freezing conditions, both of these systems are used extensively. Amatrol includes the components needed to configure either system, including both an expansion tank and drainback tank. Students can switch between the two systems with valving.

Optional Sun Simulator (95-STS1)

Amatrol offers an optional sun simulator, the 95-STS1, for use indoors with the 950-STCL1. The Solar Thermal Closed-Loop Learning System’s two thermal collectors work either outside with direct sunlight or inside with the sun simulator.

Multimedia Curriculum Available

Amatrol’s unmatched multimedia utilizes text, audio, and stunning 3D animations that engage learners in both theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills. This thorough, exceptionally detailed curriculum is built to begin with the basics and steadily advance to more complex concepts and skills. Through partnerships with key industry leaders and leading edge educators, Amatrol developed the right balance of knowledge and applied skills needed to train learners to work in their chosen field.

Student Reference Guide

A sample copy of this course’s Student Reference Guide is included with the learning system. Sourced from the multimedia curriculum, the Student Reference Guide takes the entire series’ technical content contained in the learning objectives and combines them into one perfect-bound book. If you would like to inquire about purchasing additional Student Reference Guides for your program, contact your local Amatrol Representative for more information.

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Solar Thermal Closed-Loop Troubleshooting Multimedia (M20102)

Solar thermal troubleshooting for closed-loop systems teaches skills and knowledge needed for working with the two common types of thermal closed-loop systems: drainback and pressurized. It emphasizes connection, operation, programming, and troubleshooting problems of both drainback and pressurized systems, supporting the knowledge needed for the NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) test for certified solar thermal system installer. It covers collectors, closed-loop thermal systems, output measurement, solar collector specifications, pumps, solar storage tanks, air vent and vacuum valves, check valves, system charging, freeze protection, analog controllers, draindown system operation, and overall system operation and performance.

Engaging Multimedia

Amatrol’s extensive, thorough multimedia covers green energy themes such as solar thermal closed-loop troubleshooting. Interactive screens paired with instructive graphics teach an array of solar thermal closed-loop troubleshooting topics from solar collectors to drainback systems. With the optional hardware, learners can then apply this theoretical knowledge to immediate hands-on skills. For example, learners study pump operation and then manually connect and operate an AC solar circulator pump. This combination of theory and practice ingrains concepts in a learner’s mind and makes more advanced topics easier to comprehend. (References 950-STCL1)

Key Features

  • Strong Depth and Breadth of Content
  • Engaging Interactions
  • Stunning 3D Animations
  • Text and Audio
  • Built for Self-Paced Learning

Learning Topics

  • Balance of System Components
  • Digital Differential Controllers
  • Collectors
  • Pressurized Closed-Loop Solar Thermal Systems
  • System Operation & Adjustment
  • Drainback Solar Thermal Systems
  • System Charging
  • System Programming
  • Solar Storage Tanks
  • Heat Exchanger
  • System Troubleshooting
  • Pumps

Solar Thermal Closed-Loop Troubleshooting Multimedia Information

Solar Thermal Cold Water Supply Station (95-STW1)

The Solar Thermal Cold Water Supply Station is designed to reduce the temperature of hot water from the open loop (950-STOL1), closed loop (950-STCL1), or installation solar thermal (950-STF1) learning systems and feed it back to the learning system at a temperature and pressure that is similar to a city water supply. This system will enable the three solar thermal learning systems to be self-contained. This trainer includes the frame, AC pump, AC chiller, water storage tank, ball valves for shutoffs and bypasses, relief valve to adjust temperature and pressure output, temperature gauges, a pressure gauge at outlet of chiller, control unit, ground fault circuit interrupter, and an AC circuit breaker with lockout / tagout.

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Solar Thermal Cold Water Supply Station Information

Solar Concepts Learning System (950-SC1)

Solar energy is being used in a broad range of applications across industry and residences alike. From heating water for home use to creating utility scale electricity – solar energy application is growing. Understanding the basics of how we can harness solar energy is essential for technicians, engineers, installers, designers, builders, and others who want to apply solar technology either professionally or personally.

Amatrol’s 950-SC1 Solar Concepts Learning System introduces students to a broad range of basic concepts in solar energy and technology. Photovoltaic and thermal solar systems are introduced to students. They learn how to translate location, sun, and technology into practical applications. The 950-SC1 acts as a foundation for students in solar technology. Solar Concepts includes student curriculum in PC based, interactive multimedia format as well as an instructor’s assessment guide.

Interactive, Engaging Multimedia

Amatrol’s interactive multimedia provides an engaging, stimulating experience for students. The Solar Concepts Learning System includes interactive computer-based instruction with both theory and hands-on tutorials consisting of text, digital video, voice, online self-review tests, interactive simulations, color diagrams and color photos. Amatrol’s strong interactive multimedia includes visual, auditory, and text based learning styles to reinforce each other in well organized learning segments.

Using Solar Technology to Capture Solar Energy -Location Makes a Difference!

Siting a solar array or understanding how much energy you can capture from an array in a specific location requires background provided by Amatrol’s Solar Concepts. The type of application also plays a strong role. With the 950-SC1, students learn how to site an array with optimum orientation as well as determine the insolation, which varies significantly from place to place.

Optional 95-SIP1 Solar Instruments Package

The 950-SC1 Solar Concepts Learning System teaches students to use a variety of instruments required to apply solar technology. These virtually developed skills can be reinforced with hands-on application through the optional 95-SIP1 Solar Instruments Package. The package contains a pyranometer, global positioning system (GPS), inclinometer and compass. Students will learn how to translate their virtual skills to the actual instruments and apply them to solar technology systems. All of these are required to properly orient arrays.

Student Reference Guide

A sample copy of this course’s Student Reference Guide is included with the learning system. Sourced from the multimedia curriculum, the Student Reference Guide takes the entire series’ technical content contained in the learning objectives and combines them into one perfect-bound book. If you would like to inquire about purchasing additional Student Reference Guides for your program, contact your local Amatrol Representative for more information.

Learning Topics

  • Insolation Data
  • Array Orientation
  • Sun Path
  • Solar Time
  • Global Positioning
  • Peak Sun
  • Solar Irradiance
  • Space Heating & Cooling
  • Passive & Active Water Heating
  • Solar Industry
  • AC & DC Photovoltaic Systems
  • Solar Energy Systems

Key Features

  • Interactive, Engaging Multimedia
  • Using Solar Technology to Capture Solar Energy
  • Optional 95-SIP1 Solar Instruments Package

Solar Concepts Learning System Information

Key Features

  • Convenient Indoor / Outdoor Use
  • Real World Components: Multiple Panel Array and Modern Communications
  • Grid Interactive and Data Acquisition Options

Learning Topics

  • Safety
  • Solar Panel Operation
  • Solar Panel Performance
  • PV Array Connection
  • Wind Turbine Operation
  • Wind Turbine Performance
  • Wind Turbine Connection
  • Solar/Wind Batteries
  • Charge Controllers
  • Inverters
  • Balance of System Components
  • AC/DC Solar Systems
  • AC/DC Wind Systems
  • Energy Conservation and Demand
  • System Performance
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