Amatrol Solar Thermal Installation Learning System

Students will learn how to install systems by selecting, preparing, mounting and connecting solar thermal components using copper tubing, PVC piping, and electrical wiring.

The demand for qualified Solar Technicians is rising, as more consumers and businesses apply solar energy in their communities. Many employers are requesting NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) certification or equivalent skills as a condition of employment. Amatrol’s Solar Thermal Installation Learning System supports the learning necessary to prepare for portions of NABCEP certification and helps to prepare students for successful employment in the solar thermal industry field.

The 950-STF1 Solar Thermal Installation Learning System teaches students the installation and commissioning of closed loop and open loop solar thermal systems for commercial and residential applications. Students will learn how to install systems by selecting, preparing, mounting and connecting solar thermal components using copper tubing, PVC piping, and electrical wiring. Students will create and commission complete working systems, just as they would do on the job.

The 950-STF1 includes a mobile workstation with solar thermal components; solar thermal collectors; PC-based interactive, multimedia student curriculum; and teacher’s guide. The mobile workstation is equipped with shadow boards for component storage, a benchtop worksurface and vise for tubing preparation, and mounting surface for assembly of solar thermal systems.

Installation Skills Practice – The 950-STF1 provides a platform where students install real world systems using components commonly found in commercial and residential environments. Students select materials, solder and cut copper tubing, cut and glue PVC pipe, and run wire to assemble working systems, just as they would do on the job. These skills are part of the preparation process for getting NABCEP certification.

Multi System Capabilities – This system has the unique ability to allow students to specialize in one of or four different applications of solar thermal installation. The base model of this system is designed to teach installation and commissioning of closed loop pressurized solar thermal systems. Option models 95-STF2 and 95-STF3 expand the learning to teach three more systems, including: closed-loop drainback, open-loop auto-draindown, and open-loop manual draindown.

Efficient, Effective, and Safe Training – This 950-STF1 workstation has been designed to be an effective, self-contained, and durable learning device. Installation skills are performed quickly and all-inclusive at the workstation with the use of bench-top workspace, table vise, and system installation panel. Silk screened shadow boards provide inventorying for easy access and storage.

Soldered components are supplied with unions and some preassembled piping to enable them to be reused by multiple student classes and minimize consumable costs. The 950-STF1 has been designed with safety in mind to give students a safe experience and teach key safety skills. Safety features include: a soldering curtain that can be used in tight spaces to prevent fire; emergency stop pushbutton; automatic shutoff system to prevent overheating of collectors, and lockout/tagout.

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.

Product Options

Solar Thermal Installation Multimedia (M20103)

Solar thermal installation teaches how to install solar thermal applications, emphasizing working with copper tubing, considerations in tubing installation, plastic pipe assembly, and installation of the key electrical, mechanical, and fluid systems. Focuses on the preparation needed for success, key skills required like soldering and brazing, tubing selection and insulation, and plastic pipe specifications and installation.

Engaging Multimedia

Amatrol’s extensive, thorough multimedia covers green energy themes such as solar thermal installation. Interactive screens paired with instructive graphics teach an array of solar thermal installation topics from tubing installation to plastic pipe assembly. With the optional hardware, learners can then apply this theoretical knowledge to immediate hands-on skills. For example, learners study pipe preparation and then manually cut and prepare plastic pipe for practice. This combination of theory and practice ingrains concepts in a learner’s mind and makes more advanced topics easier to comprehend. (References 950-STF1)

Solar Thermal Installation Multimedia

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.

Product Options

  • Solar Thermal Closed-Loop Troubleshooting Learning System (950-STCL1)
  • Solar Thermal Open-Loop Troubleshooting Learning System (950-STOL1)
  • Solar Thermal Installation Learning System (950-STF1)

Solar Thermal Cold Water Supply Station Product Information

Learning Topics

  • Mechanical Installation
  • Fluid System Installation
  • Electrical Installation
  • Copper Tubing
  • PVC Piping
  • Soldering
  • Solar Collectors
  • Differential Controllers
  • Centrifugal Pumps
  • Heat Exchangers
  • Solar Storage Tanks
  • Expansion Tanks
  • Control Valves
  • Pressure/Temperature Valves
  • Instrumentation

Key Features

  • Installation Skills Practice
  • Multi System Capabilities
  • Efficient, Effective, and Safe Training

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