In May, Laura and Barbara, two members of the SMA Italy team, ran a very special competition, Avon Running, in Milan. The aim was to collect money for a children’s charity association, founded by Marco Modena, the SMA Italy’s former Service Director who died last November. Avon Running, part of Win4Youth – a global sports initiative to raise money for youth foundations, is a five kilometer, women only run that courses through the center of Milan.
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.
At the moment, the latest SMA innovations are on display at Intersolar Europe, the largest solar trade fair in the world.
We talked with our expert Jens about the features and benefits of a Photovoltaic Diesel Hybrid System.
In many regions of the world, power grids are either inadequate or nonexistent. As a result, industrial consumers often ensure their power supply through diesel gensets. Five hundred gigawatts of power from diesel genset provide industrial companies with electricity worldwide. However, fuel costs for the gensets continue to rise.
At the annual general meeting, the company presented its first sustainability report for 2012. I spoke to Günther Häckl, Chief Representative and Vice President of Public Affairs at SMA, about responsibility, projects and issues close to his heart.
Even though the water is receding in many places, the floods in Germany and Eastern Europe still pose a threat. Many PV plants are also affected in the areas experiencing flooding. However, plant operators and rescue workers often don’t know what to do when an inverter is located in a flooded basement.
That’s why we talked to Adrian Häring. Adrian is an SMA expert on the installation and safety of PV plants. As a firefighter he has often responded to flooding events.
Think Google Maps for solar. This is what the Australian PV Association (APVA) plans to produce. They are investing in an interactive solar mapping web interface and working in collaboration with utilities, policy stakeholders and universities to execute the project. The map will combine 3D solar modelling with layers of data to identify potential PV areas, demonstrate PV generation and track the growth of solar across Australia.
Homeowners, installers, utility providers, city planners and local policy makers can all benefit from the data acquired from solar maps, but can Australia capture the real potential of this tool to develop a sustainable solar marketplace across the country?