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Distributed Energy Resource Technologies

Length: 45 minutes
Subscription: 1 month - 12 months
Cost: $79 - $99
Prerequisites: None

This course provides details on the common Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) technologies including key operational and economic characteristics.

What you will learn:

  • The key classes of DER technologies
  • Each technology's key operational and economic characteristics
  • How quickly each DER technology's market penetration is likely to grow
  • The benefits of smart inverter technology 
  • Various methods of aggregating DER technologies

Following is a more detailed outline of content contained in the Introduction to Distributed Energy Resources online course.

Course content:

  • Key characteristics of DER technologies
    • Defining technical characteristics (dispatchability, variability, predictability, ramp rates)
    • Defining costs (fixed, variable, levelized)
    • Defining value (capacity, energy, ancillary services, non-wires alternatives)
  • Demand side management (DSM)
    • Energy efficiency (EE)
    • Demand response (DR)
      • DR technologies (including EV charging)
      • DR programs
      • Use of DR (shape, shift, shed, shimmy)
  • Distributed generation (DG)
    • Combined heat and power (CHP)
    • Photovoltaic solar (PV)
    • Smart inverters combined with PV
    • Reciprocating engines
    • Microturbines
    • Fuel cells
    • Wind
    • Use of DG
  • Distributed storage (DS)
    • Batteries
    • Batteries combined with power control systems (PCS)
    • Thermal storage
    • Flywheels
    • Use of storage
  • Integrated DSM (end users maximizing use of two or more DERs)
  • Aggregation of DERs
    • Virtual power plants/third-party aggregation
    • Community solar/storage
    • Microgrids
    • Distributed energy resource management systems (DERMs)

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