One week with the SMA Fuel Save Controller


Niestetal in June. Attendees from all over the world have gathered at the SMA Solar Academy for a whole week of trainings on the SMA Fuel Save Solution. Despite it being summer in Germany, the sunshine is not even close to that of the countries, where the seminar participants will later install their PV plants. They have come to the Solar Academy, because they want to reduce the fuel consumption of energy systems in the Sunbelt region of the earth, powered by Diesel gensets.

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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.

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Three Practical Solar Gadgets


It is absolutely remarkable the level of creativity that some inventors and companies display when it comes to harnessing the power of the sun as an energy source for their products. Here is a continuation of items we have put together that are operated by solar energy and (can) have everyday practical uses.

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Learning From Obama: How to Make the Energy Transition Happen


Solar energy is expensive and only available to the rich and the privileged – a prejudice that politicians love using again and again to justify thwarting photovoltaics. Not so for U.S. President Barack Obama who has just presented his “Clean Energy Savings for All” initiative. The initiative’s goal is to install PV systems with a total of 1 gigawatt of power in low- to moderate-income households by 2020.

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Questions and Answers on Solar Power Storage Systems


“High-voltage, DC coupled, lithium iron phosphate” – the new business field of battery storage for PV systems has brought with it many new technical terms. pv magazine, together with SMA, has held two webinars with the SMA storage system experts Martin Rothert and Michael Ebel and has presented the questions and answers in pv magazine.

We’ve put together a selection of the topics for you here.

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Service Tip: How to connect a Sunny Boy inverter with built-in WiFi to a local wireless network


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.

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Does Solar Energy Make Sense in Alaska?


Top managers in Germany like to toss around the phrase, “growing pineapple in Alaska.” Among them is former RWE CEO Jürgen Großmann, who has joked that subsidizing solar energy is equally unlikely. Although nobody is actually growing pineapple in Alaska yet, solar energy is gaining ground in that remote U.S. state.

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‘Your mobile phone has all kinds of media.
We’ll see the same with PV’


5 MINUTES with Pierre-Pascal Urbon of SMA Solar Technology. Pierre Pascal Urbon, chief executive at Europe’s largest inverter maker, SMA Solar Technology, talked to Recharge at InterSolar Europe. The solar industry is increasingly embracing electric storage as an important growth market. Urbon stressed how the interconnectivity of PV with other energy sources and consumers is changing his company, and thinks an emphasis on cybersecurity is giving SMA a competitive advantage.

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The Oxford Ecohouse: From 1990s Solar Dream to Storage Generation


Sue Roaf is a solar pioneer. Despite facing opposition from the energy industry at the time and being told by the Government that it would never work “because there is not enough sunshine in Britain”, she has the first grid connected roof integrated PV in the UK in 1995. She has been at the heart of the solar revolution over the last 20 years. In 2016, she decided to upgrade her PV-installation which still worked perfectly to include storage. We sat down with her to ask a few questions.

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Turkey as a PV Country:
Major Potential—Major Challenges


Plenty of sun, lots of space and high demand for energy as well as a boost from the government. In Turkey, the solar industry is really starting to gain momentum. Growth of 600 MW or more is anticipated in 2016. However, the industry is still in the early stages, and this is difficult, particularly because of the frequently changing authorization requirements, regulations and approving parties. Valerio Natalizia, Regional Manager South Europe is right at the heart of the developments. He explains the most important points from SMA’s point of view.

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SMA at Intersolar 2016


For all of you who didn’t manage to visit the Intersolar Europe 2016: Here are some impressions from our booth.

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New Sunny Boy: Saving on Energy Costs with 100% Peace of Mind


At Intersolar in Munich, SMA presented the new and completely reworked Sunny Boy inverter family. The new inverter solution in the 3.0/3.6/4.0/5.0 kW power classes not only enables up to 30% savings on energy costs in private households, it also includes a complete service package.

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