Industry Partnership

Energy storage industry stakeholders have identified the need for a nationwide contractor network that has certified expertise in the safe and effective installation, commissioning, maintenance, retrofitting, and decommissioning of energy storage and microgrid equipment and systems.

The ESAMTAC initiative, led by Penn State University, is a nonprofit, brand neutral, national training and certification program based on standards and codes developed and/or approved by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), National Electrical Installation Standards (NEIS), National Electrical Code (NEC), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). ESAMTAC is a nonprofit organization supported by industry contributions, and by the National Science Foundation.

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ESAMTAC is an education/training program and credential that prepares electrical contractors and workers for the safe and effective assembly, testing, commissioning, maintenance, repair, retrofitting, and decommissioning of energy storage and microgrid (ESM) systems.


The ESAMTAC course develops knowledge and skills with an emphasis on energy storage and microgrid components.   The course includes instruction, testing and credentialing based on skills attainment.

Course work includes a robust overview of ESM systems and hands-on activities to reinforce classroom instruction.






1.1 Microgrid Applications  
1.2 Energy Storage Application  
2.1 Inverter Properties  
2.2 Micro-turbine Interconnection  
3.1 En. Storage Chemistry and Application  
4.1 PPE selection  
4.2 Emergency Action Plan for Lead Acid Battery Installation  
5.1 Wet cell battery maintenance  
6.1 Method of Procedure  
7.1 Hazard & Arc Fault Risk Assessment
8.1 Battery Systems Case Study  
9.1 Moving Batteries into Racks  
10.1 Making Connection Cables  
10.2 Connecting Batteries in a Row  
11.1 Build Fine Twisted Strand Cable
11.2 DC Cable Connections
11.3 ESM Project Planning Analysis  


1: Business drivers of ESM systems  
2: Microgrid systems & components  (generation)  
3: Energy storage systems and components  
4: Safety of ESM  
5: DC Power systems (DC theory)  
6: ESM assembly & method of procedure  
7: ESM system Arc flash & shock protection  
8: Battery enclosure & rack components & requirements  
9: Installation of batteries into racks and enclosures
10: Connections between batteries  
11: DC power conductors and connections  
12: Grounding & Bonding of ESM systems  
13: DC control conductors and connections  
14: Situational assessment of installed ESM systems

Industry Partnership