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Emergency Power Systems


Presented by:
Bill Young
(321) 638-1443

Workshop Description:

The loss of power impacts emergency management and disaster relief organization operations in response to and recovery from disasters. This workshop will help identify traditional and alternative power sources, such as solar energy, and ways to integrate these systems into response and post-impact recovery. The viability of various energy sources and their capability to supply energy needs will be reviewed. The benefits of solar energy as a mitigation tool for backup power for buildings as a means of establishing disaster resistant communities will be discussed. The operation and maintenance of photovoltaic systems will be presented with hands-on activities.

This course covers the design, operation, installation and maintenance of Photovoltaic (PV) emergency backup power systems and equipment. Technologies include solar radiation, system orientation, site dynamics, design parameters, system configuration, functional operations, components characteristics, code requirements, materials performance, reliability, construction practices, safety issues, business practices, and incentives. Participants will gain working knowledge of grid-connect and stand-alone operation, while emphasizing code compliance installations and accepted state-of-the-art designs for emergency power system for shelter schools.

Who should attend:

Representatives of Emergency Management, disaster relief organizations, Emergency Support Function (ESF) 12 - energy officials, government agencies and industry should attend. Anyone responsible for or using electrical power in relationship to disaster operation, who wants more detailed information than is presented in EPS 101, will benefit from this valuable information.


12 hours.


Monday Morning
8:00 - 9:00am Registration
9:00-9:15 Introductions
9:15-9:30 What Are Your Electrical Power Needs?
9:30-10:00 Do You Have A Disaster Plan and Know How To
                     Operate In A Disaster?
10:00-10:30 Can You Identify the Role of Renewables In A Disaster?
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:15 What Photovoltaic Equipment Fits My Needs?
11:15-12:00 How Does Solar Power Work?
11:45-12:00 What are your electrical power needs

Monday Afternoon
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:45 Lets Do Some Hands-on Of Real Life Applications
1:45-2:30 How Do I Incorporate Solar Energy Into My Disaster Plan?
2:30-3:00 How Do I Implement Photovoltaics Into My Operations?
3:00-3:15 Break
3:12-3:45 What Do I Do Now?
3:45-4:30 Has Solar Energy Been Used Before? - Real Life Examples
4:30-5:00 U.S. Department of Energy - Emergency Efforts

Tuesday Morning
8:30 - 9:45am How To Evaluate Energy Used in Buildings In Your Community?
9:45-10:15 Managing A Disaster and Its Energy Operations?
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:00 Do You Need A Portable Fossil Fuel Generator?
11:0-11:45 When Will Utility Power Be Restored?
11:45-12:30 Is There A Disaster Resistant Building?
12:30-1:00 Closing Comments
1:00-2:00 Lunch
2:00-5:00 Exhibits and Demonstrations


The workshop is offered at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa, Florida, USA or
It may be at your location upon special arrangements.

General Information:

There are no prerequisites or qualifications for the course.  You only need to bring yourself with an open curious mind. 


The registration fee is $300 per person paid at least 2 weeks before the workshop.  There is a minimum attendance of 5 and a maximum of 50 persons. The workshop fee is non refundable, however your credit will be honored once. 


Bill Young with 20 years of experience in solar energy and disaster response.


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