Archives from Months April, 2012

Sparking the Social Web

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Jannis Rudzki-Weise wrote his bachelor’s thesis on the potential of the social web for corporate communication in the renewable energy industry. He conducted interviews at four international companies in this sector for his thesis. Jannis shares his insights on the value of entering the social web, factors businesses should consider, and concrete recommendations for action. 

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What is this Tinsel Stuff? Girls’ Day at SMA

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There was a lot going on as I made my way through our training center yesterday, as April 26th was Girls’ Day at SMA which gave female students from the 5th grade on a chance to take a closer look at future jobs in technical fields. On this day, some 90 participants (30 of which were even boys) made electronic LED cubes.

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How to get a Sunny Central to the 11th floor

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SMA India recently placed a Sunny Central 630 CP in the Solar Academy. Now, that -per se- does not seem like a really big news. But consider this – the office is located on the 11th floor, the elevators are for persons only and the weight of the Sunny Central is 1800 kg. Crazy idea – one might say. Not quite. When I joined SMA last October, talks were already going on about bringing the CP in India. The German service team was co-ordinating with the Indian counterparts. The SMA Office was also designed after due considerations to get the Sunny Central in the office smoothly.

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Casual Friday Every Day

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Sometimes I have to think for a while when standing in front of my closet in the morning. Should I wear the light blouse, the colorful shirt or just my favorite sweater again? Many colleagues (mostly female) know exactly what I’m talking about. Those who have the choice, are forced to decide. Personally, though, I think it is great I can wear whatever I like at SMA, as there is no official dress code at work. In other words, it’s like every day is Casual Friday. 😉
This shouldn’t go without saying, as many companies favor a mandatory dress code.

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Cutie5@hotmail.de – Or: What you shouldn’t put in an application

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Who hasn’t experienced sitting in front of an application and not knowing what to put in and what to leave out? Of course, you have to convince a potential employer that you are the one, in other words, to advertise yourself.

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Working Together Worldwide with SMA Colleagues

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When I was asked to travel to SMA India to help our Indian colleagues with service CRM and logistics, I was a little bit nervous but mostly excited. It was my first time in India and in Asia.

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BRE – the UK’s best kept sustainable secret

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After a recent inspirational visit to the BRE Innovation Park in Watford, UK, I thought that the PV industry would welcome a little explanation about who the BRE are and what they do.

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Kangoo Jumps – The Other Jogging

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I am not a „Jog-a-holic“ and will probably never be one, but yesterday I discovered „Easier Jogging.“ 😉 It has to be said that this new type of movement is far healthier than traditional jogging and even activates a larger range of muscle groups. As part of a sponsored 1-hour Kangoo Jumps training session, I was able to take a closer look at these jumping shoes.

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PV Farms Instead of Power Outages

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In January, Norbert Röttgen (Federal Minister for the Environment) remarked that “the more solar energy there is, the greater the load to the power distribution grid is.” This notion is cropping up more and more often in the media, despite the fact that it is a straight-out misconception. This is the general line of argumentation that is resorted to when the debate on costs runs up against a wall. And now is no exception. The truth of the matter is that the load on the power distribution grid becomes less, and not more with solar energy. For this reason, we need to continue to expand photovoltaics, and not halt it.

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2012 SMA Ski Trip to Hintertux

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For the 10th time, the annual week-long SMA ski trip took place from March 10-17. Along for the ride were our three 'Jubilare', Iris, Sophie and Jürgen. Unfortunately, our mixed troop of SMA skiers was smaller this year than last, due to illness and work-related conflicts.

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What Does an Off-grid System Actually Do?

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Dry red earth. The sun is shining. PV modules are gleaming in the light. The PV plant is operating at full capacity. We’re in Mali. An off-grid system was just recently commissioned here in this western African country. And now it’s supplying electric current to private homes, a school, several workshops, a hotel, and a number of businesses. Building an off-grid energy system like this one requires a reliable inverter that can create and manage a power distribution grid. And ours is called the Sunny Island. It provides a means to supply electricity to under-developed areas or even closer to home in a remote cottage in the German Alps using renewable energy.

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