• Battery Bank Design Course

    Battery Bank Design Course

    Battery Bank Design Course (CPD Accredited)

    Developed by Gerhard Pretorius (B.Ing) and Riaan Barkhuizen (Pr. Ing)

    In June 2016 we launched our Battery Bank Design course. This course was developed by two graduate engineers, Gerhard Pretorius and Riaan Barkhuizen. Since then we've had to update the training material numerous times as this is definitely an area of rapid development. As we speak we are in discussion with battery distributors in terms of latest developments in the market.

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  • Battery Bank Design Course Framework

    (Developed by Gerhard Pretorius and Riaan Barkhuizen)


    The objective of this training course is to inform and educate individuals (with sufficient technical qualifications) on battery bank design and installation particularly for renewable energy storage. PLEASE NOTE: This is a technical course and not an information session. It is preferable that the attendee has previously attended a Solar PV Installers course.


    1 Day Course

    Target Audience

    -            Electricians wanting to expand into renewable energy market

    -            Current Solar PV Installers wanting to increase their product and technical knowledge

    -            Other technically qualified individuals who are interested in the renewable energy market


    -            Be able to design and specify a battery system as a storage solution for renewable energy

    -            Be aware of the different types of batteries and their applications

    -            Be aware of the different battery brands and their specifications which are available in South Africa

    -            Be aware of the sizing and selection of appropriate invertors, chargers and solar photo voltaic modules with reference to the different types of batteries used.


    -            Introduction to Battery Systems as a storage solution for renewable energy

    1. Explain Storage
    2. Reason for Storage
    3. Objective
    4. Technology Forecast/Trends

    -            Types of Batteries

    1. Application
    2. Cost vs Life Cycle
    3. Maintenance

    -            Technical

    1. Description & Specifications
    2. Pro’s & Con’s
    3. Duty & Life Cycles
    4. External Factors
    5. Management Systems
    6. Installation
    7. Testing
    8. End of Life

    -            Feasibility Comparison

    1. Depth of Discharge
    2. Life Cycle
    3. Cost
    4. Financial Model

    -            Standards & Safety

    1. Installation
    2. Storage
    3. Maintenance
    4. Consumables

    Standards and OHS Act & Regulations

     ECSA CPD Accreditation

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  • Great New Training Venue in Cape Town

    I'd like to introduce you to The Building Centre in Cape Town. We've discussed hosting training events at The Building Centre since last year and now, finally, we have an opportunity to host our Solar PV Introductory Training Course there on the 17th of March. Thank you, Alma, for helping us out of a really tight spot. 


    Just to give you a bit of background history, The Building Centre was started in 1953 by Laurie Wale and it is currently being run by the third generation, director Chris Wale, whom I chatted with last year. They have over 200 permanent exhibits (largest of its kind in South Africa) of companies who offer products and services in the construction industry. More relevant to us, is the Eco Exhibit Centre which has recently been integrated into the main exhibition. The Eco Exhibit is where Chris and his team show visitors the value of sustainable design and innovation, green construction methodology, and offer education on environmentally friendly materials. Unfortunately, to really experience it, you'd have to go down to Cape Town and visit them. What a bummer!


    Mercedes Benz Energy Storage Unit SmallHustling and Bustling

    The Renewable Energy Industry is bustling with activity. Just today I read an article that Mercedes-Benz has now launched a battery system which is now also available in South Africa thanks to ElectroMechanica. It features litium-ion batteries which are also used in the Mercedes-Benz electric and hybrid vehicles and comes in upright and wall-mount models. The availables sizes range from 2.5 to 20kWh. That's all the information I have for you at the moment. If you told me ten years ago Mercedes-Benz would manufacture batteries for the Renewable Energy Industry, I would have said you're crazy. I might still be right, that you're crazy, but Mercedes-Benz is selling batteries for energy storage.

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  • Pivotal Training


    Our aim in the presentation of our training is to be of the highest professional standard. We attempt to make all courses relevant, up-to-date and concise. As we all know, time is a commodity, and therefore we cannot afford to waste it. 

    Course Frameworks  


    Upon completion of any course, the attendee will receive a Certificate of Attendance or a Certificate of Completion will be issued. Certain courses also have HWSETA accreditation. These courses are presented through one of our business partners. Please contact us for more information.

    ECSA Logo 2 

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  • Roof Structures for Solar Installers

    CR2014 Training

    Roof Structures for Solar PV Installers

    This is an essential training course for solar pv rooftop installers. Roof structures. Although solar pv panels are not very heavy, solar pv rooftop installers need to know the possible pitfalls when they survey a site for an installation.

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