What makes the successor of the world’s best-selling string inverter, the Sunny Boy TL, so special? The new Sunny Boy is more than just a PV inverter. Thanks to the first integrated SMA Smart Connected service, it’s a package that offers true ease and comfort. Find out here how this can benefit you as a PV system operator.
As Solar PV becomes more mainstream, one of the few ways which installers and businesses can create a point of difference in the market is through the service they offer their customers. SMA’s new service offering in Smart Connected provides a way for you (as an Installer or Solar Business) to enhance your connection with your clients, and begin to offer additional services without adding significant costs, effort or expertise by relying on SMA’s intelligent monitoring and diagnosis systems. And best of all, it’s free to both you and your clients. Read below to understand more of the benefits.
Some of our customers who want to benefit from the free services we offer on Sunny Places might wonder why they can’t see their systems on Sunny Places the same way they do on Sunny Portal. In this short article, we will guide you through a few steps on how to view your system on Sunny Places so you can make use of all the monitoring, comparing and sharing features that are only offered there.
Voilà! It is finally happening: The worthy successor of the world’s most successful inverter — the Sunny Boy 3000-5000TL — is now available. The new PV inverter of the Sunny Boy 3.0–5.0 type is suitable for private rooftop installations, 10 kg lighter than its predecessor and is easy to operate via a smartphone. It also comes up with the new service concept, SMA Smart Connected, including the all-inclusive service package.
Sunny Boy Storage is the battery inverter designed for high-voltage batteries from leading manufacturers. It is perfectly suited to handle the electricity demand of a private household that wants to reduce energy costs by integrating a battery storage system. This Tech Tip video shows how to install the device in just a few steps.
AC-coupled battery storage allows any new or existing PV system to flexibly add battery storage. The new Sunny Boy Storage is the simplest solution for adding battery storage to PV systems using new high voltage batteries such as the LG Chem RESU10U. However when adding battery storage to a PV system, grid operators may place additional requirements on the system such as limiting the export of energy from both the battery and PV inverters to the grid. With its smart capabilities, the Sunny Boy Storage is able to limit export of energy to the grid not only for itself, but also for up to three SMA PV inverters.
The SMA Sunny Island is a grid-forming battery inverter that can be used for the construction of stand-alone power supply systems. The Sunny Island inverters are capable of forming an AC grid, this sine wave can be used as an interface for PV inverters to synchronize and feed power into the system which is used for supplying loads and recharging batteries.
Service Tip: Accessing inverter information from new generation SMA inverters using WiFi and the Web User Interface
For improved long term reliability in the field, new generation SMA inverters do not have a built-in display. Instead these inverters utilise WiFi with a built-in Web User Interface (WebUI) to turn any smart device into an inverter display, even when the inverter is not connected to the internet. Connecting to the inverter’s WebUI can allow access to real-time performance of the inverter, as well as event and error log information. Such information can be useful to an installer or home owner either during system commissioning, field operation, or troubleshooting if things ever go wrong.
Service Tip: Activating and Deactivating the WLAN interface on Sunny Boy Inverters with Built-in WiFi
New generation Sunny Boy inverters provide customers with great flexibility due to their integrated WLAN and Webconnect interfaces. This allows direct access to the user interface of the inverter for smooth commissioning and configuration. It also provides an option for local monitoring via the inverter’s user interface or online monitoring via Sunny Portal and Sunny Places. However in some instances a customer or installer may prefer to turn off the WLAN function in the inverter (e.g. privacy, not used, etc.). The step by step procedure to switch off and switch on the WLAN in the inverter is described below.
There are many benefits for connecting your Sunny Boy inverter to the internet, such as real-time monitoring, remote fault diagnosis, easy access to SMA online platforms, among many others. New generation Sunny Boy inverters now come equipped with built-in WiFi and an Ethernet port for monitoring.
One of the most important steps during the commissioning process is connecting the inverter to the grid. For the inverter to be suitable for the local grid, the correct country standards must be selected. However, in some areas, customized grid settings of the inverter need to be configured to meet the special requirements of the local utility grid. Wrong grid settings can cause inverters to frequently cut off or affect the stability of the local grid. SMA inverters have flexible grid settings which can easily be changed via Sunny Explorer. Your SMA inverter can easily meet the requirements from local grid providers and have a stable grid connection at the same time.