Archives from Months December, 2012

Getting a Lift from the Sun

"Solar Ski Lift" Association Tenna

Winter sports lodging businesses like cabins and hotels discovered the advantages of drawing their own power supply from renewable energies some time ago, but the advantages that this resource affords for transporting skiers and snowboarders have been largely overlooked.

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Season‘s Greetings

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An eventful year for the solar sector is drawing to a close. For our industry, 2012 has been characterized by ups and downs and the debate on the energy transition. In the end, it became clear that there is no alternative to renewables.

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Mentoring Program for High School Students – Milestone Celebration at SMA

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“Have you already finished your English homework?”, I ask my mentee. It is half past four on Monday. As usual, we have met for a cup of hot chocolate or a scoop of ice cream. We discuss what is being covered in classes, or we prepare internship applications. Why do we do this? We are both members of the “MENSCH – Mentoring für Schüler” (MENSCH – student mentoring) program, which assists students in need of support in the development of a career path.

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Vision 2050: Renewable Energy for Everyone?

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The energy transition. In the year 2050, it has become a reality. Our electricity and heat is produced exclusively from renewable sources. A crazy idea, or a realistic scenario? According to a current „Energy Revolution Report“, a complete transition to renewable sources is possible – if, as Greenpeace writes, the groundwork is laid now.

We have asked four German energy bloggers to sketch their personal vision for 2050. PV modules and wind turbine systems are integrated in homes so that they are almost invisible, and the banking sector revolution makes investments in sustainable projects, such as geothermal energy, possible. But more conservative perspectives for bioenergy are also represented. Happy reading.

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Christmas around the SMA World

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In Germany, many people are looking forward to Christmas. The holiday is not too far away and many of the preparations are well under way. But what do the holidays look like in our subsidiaries? Do our colleagues celebrate Christmas and are they planning a party? That was what I wanted to know and so I asked our international colleagues just that.

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Customized Solutions’ Winter Hike

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Last week, the Customized Solutions – Systems and Projects Department revived its winter hike tradition. Our hike last year had taken us through the forest to Helsa-Eschenstruth’s Zur Lachshuhnklause inn, so this year we decided to change directions and head south, rather than southeast, within the Kassel area.

the smallest brewery in Hessen

the smallest brewery in Hessen

Together with our co-workers, we hiked to Fuldabrücker Landbrauerei, the smallest brewery in Hessen, while surrounded by gorgeous snowfall and equipped with just the right amount of provisions. Once we reached the brewery, in Dörnhagen, we were able to take pleasure in a merry recapitulation of last year while enjoying plenty of Nikolausbier and a hearty schnitzel. After that, we knew one thing for sure: We would definitely be continuing with the tradition next year! 🙂

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Witness to a Land Speed Record Powered by the Sun

 

Fierce winds and a steady shroud of dust greeted us as we entered the El Mirage dry lake bed on Saturday. The landscape looked more like a scene from Mad Max than an officially sanctioned  speed trial.

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Solar Sponsorship helps Australian Community

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The Laurie Maher Coast Community Centre located in the Central Coast area of New South Wales, Australia, provides support to the homeless and the disadvantaged in the community through initiatives such as free meals, interest-free loans, accommodation and electricity vouchers. Their mission is to help individuals become self-sufficient.

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Sunny Perspectives for Solar Energy in Latin America

 

Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, El Salvador, Panama, Ecuador and Colombia – all those are sunny countries with a rich photovoltaics potential that remains mainly untapped. This is going to change: From November 26 – 30, SMA was hosting wholesalers from these countries at the Solar Academy. Through seminars, they became familiar with SMA’s product line and learnt about new PV markets.

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Off to Munich: Sunny Central in High Altitude Test

Deeply loaded: Many things are necessary for the High Altitude Test.

A truck carrying two Sunny Centrals at production goods issue is certainly not an odd sight. However, these two central inverters are on a special mission. They are on their way to Munich, or, more precisely, to the Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft mbH (IABG) – a German technology and science service center which carries out tests and analyses.

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Direct Data Exchange without Additional Devices

Webconnect - Direct Data Exchange

Worth waiting for: Webconnect makes additional data loggers a thing of the past. From now on, operators of residential PV systems with up to four inverters can monitor them directly online and access data directly via Sunny Portal if necessary. In short, direct data exchange is finally possible without additional devices.

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Of Bowling Balls and Mulled Wine

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It didn’t take more than a few minutes before we got the ball rolling at our last gathering, in November. Allow me to explain: Once every month, the interns, graduates, bachelor's degree and master's degree students at SMA get together in order to spend a nice evening, get to know each other, and exchange experiences.

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