Digitization of the Energy World: 5 Ideas on the Evolving Importance of Photovoltaics

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The energy industry is facing significant upheaval—digitization will result in completely new business models. What role will photovoltaics play in this?

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Service Tip: Setting up Sunny Boy Storage to control export of SMA PV inverters

Service Tip Setting up Sunny Boy Storage to control export of SMA PV inverters

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.

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Communication Upgrade: Seven Questions and Answers on the new SMA Com Gateway

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SMA now offers the SMA Com Gateway for PV system monitoring and control. The name of the device says it all – as a gateway, it provides PV systems featuring RS485 data communication with access to state-of-the-art SMA Speedwire communication. Below, we’ve summarized seven important questions and answers on the new communication device.

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The Brazilian Photovoltaic Market: Poised for Rapid Growth

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Brazil may be 20 times bigger than Germany, but it has just one-thousandth of the installed solar power —and this despite enjoying an average daytime solar irradiation of 5.5 kilowatt-hours per square meter, which is almost twice as high as in Germany. But is this potential being utilized? And, if so, is the know-how available to leverage it?

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Sunny Portal Professional Package Now Available for Residential Customers

The monitoring tool Sunny Portal Professional Package was originally intended for business customers who simultaneously service several PV systems. However, residential PV system users, may also find many of the functions valuable. After repeated inquiries from residential customers and an extensive phase of testing, SMA has now decided to also make the tool available to private system operators. In this blog post, I will go through the primary function in professional PV monitoring – the “Analyse Pro” function.

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Generator Settings on the Sunny Island for Off-Grid Systems

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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.

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What Does the Energy Supply of the Future Look Like?

The energy supply of the future is renewable, independent and affordable. Solar energy and thus SMA as a system provider for photovoltaics will play a major role here. Learn new things about SMA and find out what makes us stand out in our one-minute video.

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35 Years of SMA: Our Company’s Anniversary

Guests from the worlds of politics, business and society took up the invitation and celebrated 35 years of SMA with us at the beginning of September. The official ceremony was followed by the SMA summer party for the employees at the Kassel site in Germany. Here are a few images from the festivities.

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Service Tip: Accessing inverter information from new generation SMA inverters using WiFi and the Web User Interface

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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.

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How Well Do You Know SMA? Test Your Knowledge.

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“The energy supply of the future is decentralized and renewable.” This was the vision that inspired Günther Cramer, Peter Drews and Reiner Wettlaufer to found SMA 35 years ago. Today, their vision is a reality in many countries around the world. Thanks to innovative technology and falling system costs, a global decentralized electricity supply using renewable energies is now unstoppable.

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Field Service Experience: Fuel Save Controller 2.0M Commissioning in Palau

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Palau is a beautiful island country located in the Pacific Ocean, with a population of approximately 21,000 people. The archipelago is well known for its pristine beaches, scuba-diving and snorkeling sites. SMA Australia’s Service Engineer, Cyril Laugeon, shares his experience in commissioning the Fuel Save Controller (FSC) 2.0M in Palau.

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One week with the SMA Fuel Save Controller

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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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