Archives from Months September, 2012

SMA Capital Markets Day 2012

Pierre-Pascal Urbon, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, is interviewed during SMA Capital Markets Day 2012 in Frankfurt/Germany.

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EU PVSEC 2012 – SMA PV Diesel Hybrid Outlooks & International Developments

Interviews with Volker Wachenfeld, Executive Vice President Off-Grid Solutions and Greg Smith, Trainer SMA Solar Academy, during EU PVSEC in Frankfurt/Germany 2012.

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Students at SMA: Insight4School

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It's 2:30pm and the event helpers started to arrive between building 12 and container 40 to set up for the first meeting of all the trainers and trainees. Martina Fischmann, head of the training department, welcomed everyone, briefed them about their respective jobs and gave an overview of what would take place throughout the afternoon and evening. Then, everyone took their seats and the event could begin. Would everything go according to plan?! Or had we forgotten something?!

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What is a Lunch Bingo?

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When I saw an email in my inbox with the subject 'Lunch Bingo' I asked myself what on earth a lunch bingo could be. I opened the email with great interest and actually found the idea fantastic!
Lunch Bingo is a unique way to get to know and network with colleagues from other departments. And, as the name suggests, the whole thing takes place over lunch. The Lunch Bingo colleague I was assigned to is from the Knowledge Management department. The exciting part is that you have no idea ahead of time who you will be eating lunch with. 🙂

Integration at the lunch

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Then came the day of the big lunch together. I was a little nervous as I made my way to the cafeteria… what would we talk about?.. hopefully he's talkative and we won't just sit there like two frozen fish, stiff as broccoli over lunch 😉
Once in the cafeteria, I was met with a very pleasant welcome and all my fears dissolved. It was a very nice and conversation-rich lunch and we worked our way through a range of topics. Time just flew by.

The next Lunch Bingo event takes place in 2 months and I'm already excited about it 🙂

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My Stay in California

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Huge burgers, huge cars and American flags everywhere… that's how people imagine America. I got to spend 10 weeks in 'The Land of Opportunity' together with two of my trainee colleagues, Tobi and Roukn.

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Johanna with her SMA colleques.

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From Colorado to SMA: Frank’s Internship in Germany

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Frank Dischner, a California native, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science at the University of Colorado and afterwards came to SMA. He sat down to tell me what brought him here and what he has experienced here so far.

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Can We Still Afford Not to Use Photovoltaics?

Can We Still Afford Not to Use Photovoltaics?

What does the safe and clean energy supply of the future look like? How are we going to consume energy and how much is it going to cost? One thing is certain: Photovoltaics is set to be an elementary building block for the future of energy supply.

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My Internship Abroad in England

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Hello everyone!
I was one of the 14 from the field of foreign and wholesale trade to be selected to take part in this year’s 10-week internship abroad program. My destination this year was SMA UK.
The SMA office is located in Milton Keynes, which is a fairly industrial town about 100km north of London. It’s quite easy to reach, though, since it’s situated right in the center of England.

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Happy birthday, Employee Blog!

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Yes, you read correctly, our Employee Blog is celebrating its first birthday. It all began exactly a year ago as we went online with our career page on Facebook and our Sonnenallee Blog during the 2011 summer festival. A lot has happened since then, though. Now, over 120 articles have been posted on our Blog online, which have been read more than 30,000 times. Our Facebook page also has more than 1,600 fans.

We would like to thank all of you! Many thanks for reading, for your questions, comments, links and contributions. It is a lot of fun working on this and we’re really glad you are a part of it. We will continue keeping you up-to-date with news and information on all aspects of life at SMA and in the region of Kassel. If you have any ideas about topics or suggestions as to how we could improve things, feel free to send an email to Sonnenallee@SMA.de, or leave a comment on our blog.

We look forward to spending another social media year together with you!
Your SMA Employer Branding Team

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SMA America Welcomes a new President and General Manager

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SMA America would like to welcome Henry Dziuba as its new President and General Manager, where he will lead our sales, marketing, service and business-related activities!

Henry Dziuba President and General Manager of SMA America

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The Pioneering Woman at SMA Thailand

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The SMA office in Bangkok was established in August, 2011. At that time, there were four service engineers and an MD to support the existing customers in Thailand. The pioneering woman behind this was bangkok-born Saowanee Iamarunkitjakarn, but most people know her as Ju or Judie.

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An Electromobile Race Over the Alps

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The e-miglia got underway on August 13 in Munich, traveling over Mt. Grossglockner to Bozen through the Engadin valley and onto St. Moritz. This year, two teams from energiebau, the photovoltaics wholesaler based in Cologne, were once again among the 20 cars in the driver field. In addition to the two-time e-miglia winner Tim Ruhoff and his co-pilot this year Anna Baumeister, a newcomer team consisting of co-pilot Sabine Kress (Öko-Haus) and pilot Christian Minor (NaturEnergieLaden) started in a second Tesla vehicle. This time, the teams faced stronger international competition – among others, Alessandro De Guglielmo from Switzerland who entered the race in the Lampo3 futuristic E-sports car.

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