Archives from Months June, 2012

Sunny Ballers: SMA Basketball Tournament 2012

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The ball goes in the basket. Following this simple rule, the first SMA basketball tournament began on the 16th of June. 8 teams competed in the Emil-Junghenn Arena for a chance to earn the coveted first place trophy.

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“Energy Management with SMA Smart Home”

Energy Management with SMA Smart Home

 

Interview with Andreas Umland, Director Strategic Product Management, about SMA Smart Home at the Intersolar Europe 2012.

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How Do You Share a Job?

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Nowadays, you can share a lot of things. Music and pictures can easily be shared over the Internet, as well as bikes, cars and chainsaws in real life. If a colleague wants to work fewer hours, one can even share a job. This type of sharing is called ’job splitting’. How this works, exactly, is what I wanted to find out when I sat down with Ruzica Babic over coffee.

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Decentralized Battery Storage as a Solution

Decentralized Battery Storage as a Solution

Storage systems can help increase self-consumption and relieve the power distribution grid with decentralized systems offering numerous advantages.

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“Energy (un)equal art?”

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Expensive, superfluous, useless – these prejudices are not only leveled at renewable energy again and again, but also at contemporary art. That is why we want to take the opportunity offered by the 100 day dOCUMENTA (13)  Festival to initiate a discussion on the similarities and differences between art and energy – and clear up some of the most common prejudices.

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Resounding Flash Mob at the ‘Kulturbahnhof’

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Kassel Kulturbahnhof, June 10, 2012, 11:30 a.m., music in hand but acting inconspicuous.

This is how you could describe the events at the main train station (Kulturbahnhof) in Kassel. With just a simple website, (http://bit.ly/KmT3on) and a lot of planning from Mike Meinhardt, director of the Knowledge Management department, approximately 100 singers from 10 different choirs came together on Sunday to sing the “C-A-S-S-E-L” song to Documenta visitors in Kassel. Naturally, members of our very own SM A-Capella Choir were there as well.

How Was It Organized?

The idea of putting together a singing flash mob for Documenta came about over a beer following one of “Sound of Joy” choir’s rehearsals in Niestetal.As many of the singers are not on any social media website, the organization happened primarily by simply speaking to singers face-to-face or via email.

What Were the Biggest Challenges?

The 4-part choir work was written especially for this project. The text dealt specifically with Documenta and there were no copyright issues to fuss with. Before the event, we had a meeting and rehearsal with all participants (highly unusual for a flash mob) because performing a new 4-part choir work without rehearsing is next to impossible.
Summary: a flash mob for Kassel: Documenta 13 got off to a resounding start.
Those interested in seeing/hearing what this event was like can take a look at our video. Have fun!

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Madagascar – A Trainee in the Indian Ocean

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At the beginning of the year, I read an ad on the intranet looking for a trainee for a Madagascar aid project and applied for it with high hopes. During the subsequent interview, I discovered that the position was part of SMA’s engagements, in particular those supporting projects in developing countries. At SMA, trainees are always involved in such projects, to give us a chance to see our products in use.

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Poetry Slam – A Lesson

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Friday, early evening. The parking lot at the train station in Eschwege was nearly empty. Instead of cars, a few were actually still parked there and would soon be integrated into the makeshift stage. I found benches for sitting, a microphone and an amplification system. The tension mounts, my very first poetry-slam event was about to begin.

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“Pioneer Time is Over”

 

Interview with Jeanette Klockgether, Executive Vice President Power Plant Solutions (Sales & Marketing), about future trends for utility grade PV systems.

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“Larger Off-Grid Systems for developing markets”

 

Interview with Volker Wachenfeld, Executive Vice President Off-Grid Solutions, about future trends for Off-Grid systems.

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Why Photovoltaics in 3 1/2 Minutes

 
A short film about how we benefit from photovoltaics supplying the worldwide energy demand.

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Being a Team, Even in the Tough Times

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Our company culture is really a ’simple’ thing, provided everything is running smoothly. As long as a company is growing and the sole issue is welcoming new employees, the only real complaint is usually just that there isn’t enough time to train them. Of course, we all work hard, and are always under time pressure, and suddenly this project is more important than the one we all slaved over the week before, but hey; our company is a “Great Place to Work“.

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