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.
Shade is dependent not only on the location, size, and type of object that is casting it, but also on the weather, time of day and season. There are shorter periods of shade in summer and at midday with longer periods in winter and in the morning and afternoon.
But, shade affects only part of a PV system module at any given time. However, exactly the modules shaded that also limit the power of the other modules. Thanks to SMA’s smart module technology, a PV system can be optimized such that it produces the maximum energy yield possible, even in partial shading or with different module arrangements
SMA Power+ Solution consists of the following components:
- SMA inverter with broad input voltage range for an exceptionally flexible system design
- Smart module technology TS4R with flexible functions for monitoring and optimization
- Cloud Connect Advanced communication unit for transferring module data via WLAN or Ethernet using the SMA Sunny Portal monitoring solution
- Gateway for wireless communication between the TS4R components and connection to Cloud Connect Advanced
- Sunny Portal monitoring solution from SMA for the best overview around the clock
Sunshine Through the Shade: Optimization for Partial Shading
Usually, only approximately 20 percent of a PV system’s modules are affected by shade. However, if only individual modules are shaded, a PV system cannot work to its maximum performance. Therefore, the TS4R component is specifically attached only to the module that is actually in the shade and incredibly efficiently minimizes output losses. It lowers the voltage on shaded modules and increases the electrical current strength to the level of the unshaded modules. If the modules are not in the shade, TS4R automatically switches to standby mode, reducing energy losses and increasing the service life of the components.
All standard modules can be upgraded by connection system at any time. Targeted use only on affected modules considerably minimizes installation and material costs because there is no longer any need to equip all the modules with module technology that compensates for shading.
In this video, technical trainer Jan Roessler will show you how to optimize your module with the SMA Power+ Solution.
Simplify the Complicated: Optimization for Complex System Structures
Sometimes, different roof pitches prevent all modules from being arranged in the same way. In addition, the current trend is for modules set facing not only south (in Australia, facing north), but also east or west because the energy yield is then maximized over the course of the day. A multistring inverter is connected to the individual module arrays in this case.
Modules outside the main arrangement can then be fitted easily and cost-effectively with the TS4R module technology to boost overall system performance. In addition, this allows several modules to be connected to one string at the same time.
Have the Perfect Overview: Monitor at the Module Level
Those who want to know exactly what is happening on their roof can monitor the system with the monitoring Version TS4R. How it works: the Cloud Connect Advanced transmits the information to the Sunny Portal, and from there PV system operators and installers can monitor every module. Even the slightest in irregularities on the module, such as leaves or dirt, can be recognized and quickly remedied, keeping yield losses to a minimum.
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