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Fuel Save Controller Wins Prestigious Middle East Electricity Award 2017


It was great to win the Middle East Electricity Award in 2015 for the “Smart Solar Project of the Year” (we reported it here). Now, two years later, the SMA Fuel Save Controller 2.0 is once again winner of the Middle East Electricity award. This time we won “Smart Product of the Year” – a great reward for our continuous efforts to find smart solutions to meet our customers’ needs.
Read more about what convinced the jury in this article…

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Trainings for Design and Commissioning of a SMA Fuel Save Solution in 2017

SMA Solar Academy

As diesel prices increase and costs for solar energy decrease, the advantage of a Fuel Save Solution to any diesel grid continuously grows. With 1.2 billion people without electricity and even more suffering from weak grids, the market for solar diesel hybrid systems is tremendous. But solar hybrid systems are often complex and unique with each having its own challenges. With SMA Solar Academy training courses, you gather essential knowledge to actively take part in this new business. Learn more about the courses that enable you to plan and commission solar diesel hybrid systems by yourself in this article.

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Ventajas de la batería de alta tensión conectada en CA sobre otras soluciones alternativas


Las baterías de alta tensión llegaron al mercado apenas hace 12 meses. Sin embargo, su aparición ha permitido a una serie de otras tecnologías cambiar la forma en que el almacenamiento mediante baterías se puede incluir en el hogar. El almacenamiento conectado en CA que utiliza esta nueva tecnología de baterías de alta tensión (es decir> 120 V CC) tiene una serie de ventajas para los hogares que desean incluir el almacenamiento en baterías en su sistema solar. Además de ser una solución de bajo coste comparado con otras alternativas, el almacenamiento conectado en CA con baterías de alta tensión puede facilitar que su hogar aumente su independencia de la red y le proporcione mayor flexibilidad en el futuro para cambiar su sistema y satisfacer las necesidades de cambio o ampliación de la casa. El almacenamiento conectado en CA con baterías de alta tensión habitualmente es un sistema más eficiente que representa obtener más energía y potencia en comparación con un sistema de inversor híbrido similar. Y tal vez lo mejor de todo: el almacenamiento conectado en CA puede convertir cualquier sistema solar nuevo o existente en un verdadero sistema preparado para usar baterías.

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Everything You Need to Know About the New Sunny Boy 3.0–5.0 Solar Inverter


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.

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Hybrid Energy Supply of East Africas Largest Salt Factory

Krystalline Salt’s factory is supplied by 25% of solar energy in grid parallel and in diesel mode. Following their ambitious energy management, the company took solar to a professional scale and safes expenditures for electricity supply.
SMA Sunbelt Energy GmbH as EPC in cooperation with its local construction partner Harmonic Systems build and commissioned the project within 5,5 months.

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More Sun From the Roof. Maximum Energy Yield Despite Shade or Different Module Arrangements


In this post, we explain to you how to always produce the highest yields from a PV system using the SMA Power+ Solution. It does not matter whether there are different module arrangements because of roof structure or whether power generation is affected by shade from trees, dormer windows or chimneys.

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How to Install the New Sunny Boy

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.

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Advantages of AC-coupled high-voltage-battery over alternative solutions?


High voltage batteries only arrived in the market in the last 12 months. However their arrival has allowed a number of other technologies to changes the way battery storage can be included in the home. AC-coupled storage using these new technology high voltage batteries (i.e. > 120V DC) has a number of advantages for homes wanting to include battery storage with their solar system. In addition to being a lower cost solution compared to alternatives, AC-coupled storage with high voltage batteries can allow your home to increase its independence from the grid and provide you with greater flexibility in the future to change your system to meet the needs of a growing or changing home. AC-coupled storage with high voltage batteries is also typically a more efficient system meaning you’ll get more energy and power compared to a similar hybrid inverter system. And perhaps best of all, AC-coupled storage can turn any new or existing solar system into a true battery-ready system.

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La vérité sur les optimiseurs DC


Avec un volume annuel estimé à 700 millions d’euros, le marché des technologies de modules intelligents dit MLPE* est en plein essor. Pas étonnant donc que les optimiseurs DC suscitent autant d’intérêt. Ces composants électroniques sont montés directement sur le module photovoltaïque afin d’en optimiser le rendement. Il est important de rappeler que leur présence est utile lorsque les modules sont à l’ombre ou lorsque les modules d’un string ont des orientations différentes. Dans ce cas de figure, les optimiseurs peuvent permettre de “sauver” jusqu’à 25 % de l’énergie perdue du fait de l’ombrage. De nombreuses informations erronées circulent au sujet de cette technologie. Cet article est l’occasion de tordre le cou à quelques idées reçues sur les optimiseurs DC.

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What are your options when you lose your


When your PV system loses its premium Feed-in-Tariff (FiT), the priorities and objectives for the energy you generate from your PV system will change. When a FiT is much lower than the cost of grid supplied electricity, the main aim of your PV system will change from generating and exporting as much as possible, to generating and self-consuming as much solar electricity as possible. This change in priority for the PV system means you need to consider changes to your system to ensure you continue to get the greatest financial benefit from your PV system. There are a variety of options available to achieve this and depending on your unique situation, different options will be best suited to meet your individual needs. These option plus some preliminary checks before making decisions are discussed below.


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How to Design a Solar-Diesel-Hybrid-System Easily by Yourself

Solar hybrid system planning with Sunny Design

Designing a solar-diesel-hybrid-system is quite complex. There are many values that have to be taken into account such as meteorological data, electrical parameters, sizing of the components, profitability and many more. Sunny Design is a free tool that makes designing a solar-diesel hybrid system super easy. This article is a guide on how to design a hybrid system with Sunny Design to easily create offers for your customers, project documentation or suggestions for improvement for your existing diesel grid.

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Fuel Save Solution – Info Package


The SMA Fuel Save Solution is a smart, safe, flexible and easy way to save fuel and money. This page is an entry point for all of you who would like to save fuel and money in solar-diesel-hybrid-grids. Here you find information about what a Fuel Save Solution is, how to plan and use it and where in the world you can see the Fuel Save Solution in action. 

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