The purpose of this blog entry is to keep you informed about the latest updates and new publications for SMA devices released each month by the technical documentation team. This information will be made available on a monthly basis. This means that you will always be kept up to date and will never miss any changes or anything new that is published.
In accordance with the Energy Concept 2020, the German Federal Government plans to generate over 35% of power from solar, wind and biomass sources. By 2050, 80% of electricity should be provided from renewable energy. The majority is to be provided by solar energy, which is fed into the utility grid by PV plants.
Accordingly, we are tackling the challenges associated with feeding PV energy into our distribution grids.
The beginning of my career with SMA Solar Thailand
In February 2013 I attended a Solar Academy international training course in Malaysia. On the way back from lunch one of the customers asked me what made me decide to work for SMA. Inspired by the question, I felt energized to give my reply, “Well, that’s a good question. It began one day as I woke up and asked myself what I could do for the world. During that time I was learning about alternative energy sources, solar energy in particular. I realized that we have a tremendous source of energy to which we have access every day. More importantly, I love to share knowledge and ideas. I love working at SMA.”
South Sudan’s maternal mortality is the worst in the world, quoted as 2054 per 100 000 live births, in the 2006 Sudan Household Survey. This translates to at least 1 in 10 mothers dying as a result of pregnancy or childbirth. The infant and childhood mortality rates are quoted as 102 and 235 deaths per 1000 live births, respectively, in a 2008 WHO interim report. One in four children under the age of 5 are malnourished and only 10% are fully vaccinated.
SMA is represented in 21 countries around the world and in our series introducing new foreign companies we also highlight emergent photovoltaic markets. Today’s focus is on SMA South America which is based in Chile.
The Italian market has traditionally been one of the biggest PV markets in the world. In fact, in Italy PV already covers 5 percent of the electricity demand and more than 10 percent of the peak demand. Since 2012, the market has trended toward commercial and residential installations. This shift in the market has been affected by a review of the policy surrounding cuts to feed-in tariffs and incentives that primarily affected residential and commercial plants rather than multi-megawatt plants.
At SMA America we have the opportunity to advocate for a cleaner planet by promoting renewable energy every day, and sometimes we get to contribute on the weekends too!
Earth Day 2013
Although Earth Day isn’t officially for a few more days, SMA employees got a head start on Saturday, April 13 by volunteering at the sixteenth annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup at Folsom Lake. Hosted by the California State Parks Association, this annual event brought together more than 2,000 volunteers at 24 parks across the beautiful state of California.
SMA will withdraw from the small wind turbine industry at the end of 2013 at which time production of the Windy Boy inverter will cease. We spoke to Volker Wachenfeld, Executive Vice President in the Hybrid Energy Solutions division, about the reasons and what the new markets of the future will be.