Penn State is leading the creation of a training and certification program in the safe and effective installation, commissioning, maintenance, retrofitting, and decommissioning of energy storage and microgrid equipment and systems.
Energy Storage and Microgrid Training and Certification (ESAM-TAC) is broken into two courses, each consisting of lecture, lab activities, and a corresponding credential which will be approved by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).
ESAM-TAC Part A (Primary Course)
Prerequisite: A working knowledge of electrical construction, including safety codes and standards. How to safely and productively handle, assemble, and interconnect microgrid system components. Special emphasis placed on the construction of large stationary battery systems
ESAM-TAC Part B (Advanced Course)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of ESAM-TAC Part A. How to safely commission, operate, maintain, repair and retrofit ESM systems and distributed resources and the electrical skills and safety competencies necessary to supervise these activities. Recipients of the credentials will be prepared to interface with equipment, manufacturers, and application engineers to perform regular testing and maintenance of ESM systems and to maintain documentation and communications related to operations and servicing of microgrid systems.