Power outage? In Germany? It hardly ever occurs here if we believe the statistics. Yet, the flooding we experienced last year has shifted public attention back to the significance of emergency power supply and battery backup systems. As anyone who has dealt with long periods of outages can tell you, it’s a major hassle to lose connection to the utility grid.
You lose power to your range, refrigerator, telephone, lights, and ultimately, the battery in your electronic devices. Even a PV system is disconnected from the utility grid immediately and automatically in the event of a power outage. However, if you own a PV system or a Smart Home system, you want to be able to continue using your solar power, even during a power outage.
The public utility grid in Tanzania is not very reliable. There are frequent power outages in rural regions in particular, a circumstance that makes it difficult to run a school. The students of the German Wilhelm-Raabe-Schule senior high school in Lüneburg have taken on this challenge.
Another megawatt class off-grid PV system went into operation in Mozambique. The project was originally launched at the request of the Mozambican government to provide an electricity supply to three areas that have no connection to the local utility grid. Until now, the people in Muembe, Mavago and Mecula relied on candlelight and firewood. Now, they can dream of a better life and live a longer day with light from an off-grid system.
Check out our new comic video to find out what a micro inverter is and why it’s different from its big brother, the string inverter.
The smallest SMA inverter, the Sunny Boy 240, is now also available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Benelux.
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Today you get an exclusive preview in to the production of the new micro inverter from SMA, the Sunny Boy 240. When developing the inverter, we focused on the essentials. This means that we combined components, thereby doing away with entire assemblies. As a result, the device contains just 176 high-quality components, approx. 50 percent fewer than competitor products. Furthermore at 19 cm wide, 22 cm high and 4 cm deep, the micro inverter’s enclosure is just about the size of a box of chocolates. Additionally, there are absolutely non screw joints needed to assemble the device.
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P.S.: From Monday on you’ll get more exclusive informations about the Sunny Boy 240 on this blog!
Are you studying Electrical Engineering, Computer Sciences or a similar degree? If so, then consider this: SMA is looking for international students who are interested in staying abroad. To see what it’s like to work at SMA Solar Technology AG, have a look at this video.
Fuel save controller: standalone power systems offer remarkable new opportunities for photovoltaic technology. Among other things, the combination with diesel generators lowers the costs of fuel consumption. In the meantime, there are new control devices in order to ensure both supply and mains stability with a high share of solar electricity.
Danny Büder is a service technician of the SMA Global Support team in Niestetal. For his job, he travels around the world. In fact, over the past two years alone, the 29-year-old has been to 13 different countries. With Toni Berger and employees from other SMA subsidiaries, Danny recently brought Japan’s largest PV power plant into operation. Over a cup of coffee he tells me how the work went in the southern Japanese city of Kagoshima, and what the SMA team encountered in the way of unusual features and challenges.