Introduction to Photovoltaics is a one-day course on off grid solar electric systems. The course is based at Earthship Brighton, an award winning offgrid building that runs on energy generated by solar panels and store in batteries. It is run in partnership with Brighton Permaculture Trust. The course is for anyone wanting an introduction to renewable energy technologies. It's also suitable for those wishing to install off-grid energy systems using photovoltaics. The next course date is:
- Saturday 13th June - course postponed due to COVID-19
The photovoltaics course covers the basics of solar panels. This includes system design, layout and load calculation. The course looks at the types of solar panels, batteries and inverters and their suitability in different situations. There is a practical workshop on setting up a small photovoltaic system with a solar panel, a charge controller, a battery and a light. There is a tour of the renewable energy systems of Earthship Brighton. The 7 kWp system includes 3 types of photovoltaic panels, charge controllers and an inverter.
About the photovoltaics tutor
The photovoltaics course is taught by Andy Reynolds. Andy is a long-term practitioner in low impact living and associated technologies. He has been building and using wind and solar systems since the late 1980s. He runs his home almost entirely from home-generated renewable energy. Andy is the author of Wind & Solar Electricity: A practical DIY guide.
Mischa Hewitt will be assisting. Mischa was one of the project managers of Earthship Brighton and is the author of the book 'Earthships in Europe'. Mischa has an MSc in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies (Distinction) from the Centre for Alternative Technology. He is a Passivhaus Designer and has worked on many eco-building projects.