Archives from Months February, 2012

Taekwondo – Fight Yourself Fit!

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“Fight Yourself Fit” is the newest addition to our sports programs. After an initial trial workshop that was open to all SMA employees who wanted a sneak peek into this ancient sport, “Fight Yourself Fit” is here.

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Sand and Dust: Sunny Central CP in a Stress Test

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Fine, red dust swirls through the air. What begins as a gentle breeze grows into a storm. If we were outdoors, the first branches would snap; it would become hard to walk in a straight line. Of course the Sunny Central CP does not waver in the test chamber of the Swiss testing facility, but the purpose of the SMA sand and dust test is not to prove its stability. Rather, it is to demonstrate that the interior of the inverter remains free of debris.

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Carnival as an SMA employee

Naja in an SMA costume

Naja in an SMA costume

“Professions: What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Last year, this was the motto of the project at the day care facility that my twin daughters attend.
In the course of the year, the children were supposed to become familiar with a wide variety of different professions.

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Strike – Group of students goes bowling

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Last Wednesday, it was finally time for the group of SMA interns and graduands monthly meeting. In line with the motto getting to know your colleagues better and in order to explore the region of Kassel at the same time, bowling was on the program. We set out with around 40 colleagues to City Bowling Kassel bowling alley near the Auestadion stadium.

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My trip to Sababurg was amazing

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Last Sunday, I went to Sababurg zoo and was deeply impressed.
You can see over 700 animals stretching over an area of 130 ha in the Urwildpark zoo with raptor station in North Hesse. I took pictures of wolves, wooly pigs, lynxes and many other animals directly below the Dornröschenschloss (Sleeping Beauty Castle).
But I don’t want to spoil all the fun, you really need to see it for yourself.

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Hollywood A-listers join the solar revolution

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Over recent years, it appears that many celebrities are jumping on the eco-bandwagon. As going green becomes more chic, celebrities are embracing solar energy, installing it in their homes (or islands, if you are Johnny Depp … more on that later!) and then shouting about it from their solar panelled rooftops.

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From micro-algae to rotten bananas: Youth doing research at SMA

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What were 56 children doing on a Saturday morning at SMA? Clearly, it was time for youth research again. For the fifth time, the regional competition for young researchers took place at SMA on February 11.

Again this year, there was a lot of activity at the company. The first participants began to arrive at 7:30 a.m. sharp. They began working immediately by setting up their stands and experiments and hanging their posters. Even at first glance, it was clear to me that I would only understand about half of it all. 😉 So I made myself useful getting more tape and calming the young researchers' nerves.

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Go East, SMA! …or can you „speak“ Cyrillic?

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I feel fortunate that I can be a part of a small Czech & Slovak team at the SMA branch, which was founded in 2009 in Prague, pioneering within the Central and Eastern Europe. Thanks to geographical, linguistic and cultural proximity, right from the beginning we were managing not only the Czech Republic, but we have taken neighbouring Slovakia, smaller but promising market, under our patronage as well. And because “the only certainty is a constant change”, not even two years later, even more promising emerging neighbouring markets started to shape up!

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Go East, SMA! …or can you „speak“ Cyrillic?

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I feel fortunate that I can be a part of a small Czech & Slovak team at the SMA branch, which was founded in 2009 in Prague, pioneering within the Central and Eastern Europe. Thanks to geographical, linguistic and cultural proximity, right from the beginning we were managing not only the Czech Republic, but we have taken neighbouring Slovakia, smaller but promising market, under our patronage as well. And because “the only certainty is a constant change”, not even two years later, even more promising emerging neighbouring markets started to shape up!

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Sunny Seniors meet at SMA

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The Sunny Seniors paid a visit to SMA at the end of January. We keep regularly contact with our seniors, even after they enter their well-earned retirement. The annual new year reception for our SMA retirees has therefore now become a tradition.

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Climate Simulation at SMA Test Center

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At the climate and stress laboratory the newly developed products are tested for reliability under extreme climatic conditions. SMA customers do not need to fear inverter damage due to freezing or overheating. We test the temperature limits for each new product.

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