Archives from Months October, 2013

Technical Documentation and Updates in October

October

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.

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The Top 5 Solar Stories in October 2013

SMA Top Solar Stories
Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

These are the top stories you can’t miss in October:

 

1.      The 7 Reasons Why The Solar Revolution Took Off

 Solar is up 700% since 2001. Fossil fuels and nuclear barely even register. Reason enough to chronicle how solar has been able to explode in the past decade.

Read this interesting Business Insider article to learn about the rise of solar.

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SMA Smart Home on the Move – a New iOS App

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It’s easy to be smart. Just combine the SMA Smart Home’s intelligent energy management with the potential of an iPhone. This results in a handy solution for home energy management that can be used while on the go.

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Welcome to the Energiewende – Documentary to Celebrate Renewables

Welcome to Energiewende

Craig Morris, a US born energy blogger, has been living in Germany for over 10 years. Right when he got here, his fire for renewable energies was ignited. The Energiewende, the transition from fossil fuels to renewables energies, has always been a big topic in Germany. For Craig “living with the Energiewende” (title of a documentary by German filmmaker Frank Farenski) sounded like “living with cancer”. Instead, he felt, this revolution needed to be celebrated. This is why the editor of Renewables International decided to make his own documentary – a loveletter to the Energiewende.

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IKEA UK to Sell PV Systems in stores

Ikea UK sells SMA inverter

The Swedish furniture giant has added PV systems to the products it sells in the UK. Within the next ten months customers will be able to buy PV systems at each of the UK’s 17 IKEA stores.

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Against the Grain: Anti-Stress Seminars for Men

Against the grain Anti-Stress seminars at SMA

SMA’s stress management training courses have become a real hit with men in 2013, according to Professor Kaluza. Of the 27 participants in three courses, 26 were male. Typically, women make up nearly 80 percent of participants in these types of courses, while men are notorious for avoiding stress management seminars. According to the experts: “Normally, health isn‘t a hot topic in men’s daily lives.”

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10 Ways To Save Money & Energy Using The Sun

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One of the best ways to save money is also one of the greenest decisions we can make: that decision is the decision to save more energy. We waste a tremendous amount of energy in the US. Recent studies have found that we waste 61% to 84% of our energy in the US, and that we use 11 times more energy than the UK despite having only 5 times the population.

Energy is a huge portion of most people’s expenses. Cutting back just a bit on our energy usage could save money (tons of money) for all sorts of better things.

So, with all that on the table, what are the most effective ways to save money using the sun? I think all of the solar-related ways to save money (by saving energy) listed below are excellent solutions for the average American, but you can decide for yourself by evaluating the option as it applies to your own home or business.

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A Day in the Life of the Sunny Home Manager

A Day in the Life of the Sunny Home Manager

Making tea, doing the laundry, washing the dishes, drying hair, watching television. My family, the Thriftys, uses a lot of electrical appliances on a typical day. Let me tell you how I use and manage solar energy intelligently, not only to save electricity and money, but also to protect the environment.

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Zambia Students Shine, Thanks to First Solar-Powered High School in Africa

Zambia: First solar powered high school in Africa
Mark Ruffalo, actor and activist joined officials to celebrate at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Mark Ruffalo, actor and activist, celebrated with key officials at the ribbon cutting ceremony and commissioning.

Sioma High School serves a large area of Western Zambia, Africa. Its more than 600 students walk, sometimes for several days, to get to the campus, where they will live for the entire semester. Sioma High School’s four dormitories, kitchen and dining halls, and seven classrooms, were powered by three dirty and inefficient diesel generators that ran throughout the day, creating an unhealthy learning environment filled with noise and air pollution. It was susceptible to the fluctuating price and unpredictable delivery of diesel, which costs the school approximately $26,000 each year. That is, until Empowered by Light stepped in.

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What to Look for When Choosing Your Inverter

 

Photovoltaic solar arrays generate high DC voltages. The job of the inverter is to safely and efficiently convert the DC energy source to an AC energy feed, allowing the customer to receive as much of the solar panel array’s energy as possible. Inverters must be able to handle high voltages and currents under harsh conditions – they are part of an inverter’s everyday life. However, not all solar inverters are equal, as James Walker, Director of Energy Matters, found out. Check out his video to learn more about what to look for when choosing your inverter.

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The Top 5 Solar Stories in September 2013

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As renewables become an integral part of the energy mix around the world, you sometimes lose track of the global developments. Things change on a daily basis, articles are published almost every minute which is why we will recommend five stories you must read every month. They will vary from interesting comments to fascinating reports or images from the world of renewable energies.

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