Archives from Months June, 2015

Automotive Manufacturers Conquer the Storage Market


At least since the end of April, when Tesla introduced its Powerwall, everyone seems to be talking about the market for stationary battery-storage systems. At any rate, it was the dominant topic at Intersolar. I asked Volker Wachenfeld, an SMA expert in storage technology, about his assessment of the market and SMA’s plans for battery-storage systems going forward.

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SMA at Intersolar 2015

For all of you who didn’t manage to visit the Intersolar Europe 2015: Here are some impressions from our booth.

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Technical Documentation and Updates in June 2015


The purpose of this blog entry is to keep you informed about the latest updates and new publications for SMA devices released by the technical documentation team. This information will be made available regulary. 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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A Shipping Container Full of Energy Performance

SMA and Siemens just announced their cooperation in the field of megawatt PV projects. At Intersolar Europe in Munich, we present the first joint technological development, the SMA MV Power Station 2500 SC. Let’s take a look at this completely new turnkey solution with Boris Wolff, Executive Vice President of the SMA Business Unit Utility. 

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A Strong Partnership: Interview About the Cooperation Between SMA and Siemens

Today, SMA and Siemens announced their cooperation in the field of megawatt PV projects.  I talked to Pierre-Pascal Urbon, CEO and CFO of SMA, and Ralf Christian, CEO of the Siemens Division Energy Management, about the background of the partnership. 

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The Practical Box Behind the Scenes:
SMA String-Monitor and String-Combiner


The only time anyone really mentions PV array junction boxes is when listing the individual technical components of a PV power plant. One reason they might be completely overlooked is because, compared with inverters, medium-voltage components and modules, they are quite inconspicuous. But without them, nothing works. Anyone who overlooks these seemingly unimportant boxes will lose out and shouldn’t be surprised if they see decreased PV power plant yield and increased maintenance outlay.

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New Guest in the SMA Smart Home:
Plugwise Radio-Controlled Sockets

Martin Volkmar

Martin Volkmar

SMA will be presenting the new Plugwise radio-controlled sockets for the SMA Smart Home at Intersolar Europe 2015. The Dutch home automation expert designs, produces and sells wireless energy management and control systems.The Plugwise radio-controlled sockets will be compatible with the Sunny Home Manager after the next firmare update (version 1.12).

We talked to SMA Product Manager Martin Volkmar about why the new radio-controlled sockets were chosen and what benefits they offer. 

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World’s First Three-Phase Off-Grid System With Lithium-Ion Battery Supplies Power to Alpine Cabins


Lithium-ion batteries are long-established, tried-and-tested solutions for grid-connected applications, resulting in other battery types rarely—if ever—being used nowadays in battery solutions to increase self-consumption. However, the situation is different in areas without access to a utility grid. Headquartered in Berchtesgaden, Elektro-Mechanik Meisl GmbH began specializing in solutions designed especially for mountain cabins and isolated islands more than 20 years ago and, in a close development partnership with SMA, has been building off-grid systems in extreme locations ever since.

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