“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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35 years of SMA—an exciting time with many remarkable events. We compiled some of them in a quiz. Do you know the right answers? Have fun and find out.
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Question 1 of 8
During their studies, Günther Cramer, Peter Drews and Reiner Wettlaufer established an engineering office they named SMA Regelsysteme GmbH. What does SMA stand for?
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Energy that changes – this is the current slogan of SMA Technology AG. But what was the company’s first slogan?
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SMA has become the world market leader for PV inverters and today, dominates the market with its system technology for photovoltaics. In 1987, SMA outsourced a part of its business. Which GmbH (limited liability company) was founded at that time?
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Germany is considered a trailblazer in the use of renewable energy. With which incentive program that resulted in a boom in demand at SMA was the energy transition in Germany initiated in 1991?
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In 2008, SMA went public in the most successful IPO of the year. Since then, the company has been listed on the German technology index TecDax. What opening price per share did SMA start with?
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With the establishment of the Solar Academy in 2010, the three founders implemented their vision of self-sufficient energy supplies. What is special about the Solar Academy’s location?
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SMA has won many awards in the past, such as the European Solar Prize, the Great Place to Work Award and many Intersolar Awards. For which product did SMA receive the Intersolar Award in 2013?
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Günter Cramer is one of the pioneers of the solar industry. With Peter Drews and Reiner Wettlaufer, he turned SMA into a successful company. What was his maxim?
For all those who want to continue to poke around SMA’s history, share their memories or congratulate us, please see the link to our anniversary site.
PS: Our Hashtag for the event is #35ySMA
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