Archives from Months May, 2012

Off-grid systems for India

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Workers who earn only a few Euros a day and managers who stay in hotels for a couple hundred Euros a night. Streets filled with busses, brightly colored trucks, rickshaws, cows and the occasional Porsche Cayenne. Giant skyscrapers amongst a sea of tin shacks. And everywhere dirt and dust. Volker Wachenfeld, Vice President of Off-Grid Solutions at SMA, and a sales colleague experienced firsthand how worlds are colliding in India – one rich and one poor. What impressed the team the most was the friendly disposition and easygoing nature of the Indians, and their astronomical consumption of diesel fuel.

I talked to Volker about his trip and his impressions.

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Child Emergency? – Don’t Panic!

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On May 12, 2012, the ’First Aid for Child Emergencies’ seminar took place for the second time. Countless SMA parents received instruction from our DRK colleague, Michael Schindler, in order to be best prepared for any emergency. You might vaguely remember how to put someone in a stable side position, but how was it again with the pressure bandaging? In addition, children can’t just be treated as miniature adults in such situations, but rather, there are first aid techniques designed especially for them.

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Service Request? Ask Patty!

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Service team members at SMA Australia have lost count of the number of times they have answered a call and been told by the customer that they only want to speak to Patty. Usually, they can offer support themselves and the customer realises that they too have a high level of competence, but it is a habit that stems from the early days of SMA Australia.

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“Extending the warranty gives security”

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In the SMA warranty concept brochure, SMA explains how solar power professionals can best incorporate the SMA warranty concept into their own service portfolios. But what advantages does it have for plant operators? Why should they decide to purchase an extended warranty? And what are the best arguments for solar power professionals to use? I interviewed Karsten Bachmann, our Product Manager Services, to find out.

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A Little Piece of France in the heart of Kassel

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’Quaint, cozy, French’ is how I would describe the Mistral restaurant in Kassel. Those looking for a good steak and a nice glass of wine will fit right in at this small bistro located in Kassel’s Wehlheiden. When entering the eatery, you’ll feel as though you’ve been whisked back to your last vacation in the south of France. Countless little souvenirs from the south of France bejewel the space as friendly waiters see to your needs. Whether it’s lamb, fish, pasta, beef or crêpes, many high-quality dishes can be found on the menu – which changes seasonally. Something for everyone In addition, there is an extensive wine list to choose from.

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Service Request? Ask Patty!

Patty

Service team members at SMA Australia have lost count of the number of times they have answered a call and been told by the customer that they only want to speak to Patty. Usually, they can offer support themselves and the customer realises that they too have a high level of competence, but it is a habit that stems from the early days of SMA Australia.

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Five Things I Do as soon as I get to the Office

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We all have our little habits for starting the work day. Here are my top five – the essential (though perhaps fairly ordinary) things that begin my daily routine.

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Desk Chair vs. Diaper

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I’ll admit, I imagined returning to work after taking time off to have a baby a little differently, and I’m not just talking about having to adjust to my new part-time position. All too often, something would come up and distract me from work, such as my little daughter needing to be picked up from day care early. In a nutshell: it’s not always easy to keep the balance between work and family life. But often, it’s not all that difficult either.

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Off to the New Energy Convention in Husum

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“Wow, we’re really going to have the home-court advantage,” was my first thought as I made my way through the hall towards our SMA booth at the NEW ENERGY convention.
So many exhibitors who were using our products, so many people I had advised over the past year, so much work we had done before and that was already bearing fruit. It was enough to warm the heart of this ’Technical Sales Manager’ for WINDY BOY!

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Shaken, not Stirred: Environmental and EMC Testing

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What legislation does the inverter need to comply with? Development engineers at SMA face this question with every launch into a new market.

 

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