Anwar Mahmood, Service Engineer from SMA Australia, explains the different options available for complying with Earth Fault Alarm according to Australian standards. According to Clause 3.4.3 of AS/NZS 5033, PV systems installed after 11th July 2015 which have an array operating at Low Voltage (that being greater than 120V DC) must include earth fault alarm capability. For SMA inverters, there are three options which comply with these standards. Anwar explains these options in this Tech Tip video.
Utilising system monitoring tools available with SMA is one of the easiest ways to ensure a system is operating as expected. It also improves the ability to troubleshoot a system in the unlikely event that something goes wrong. Setting up communications links between various components within the SMA system solution is vital when attempting to set up monitoring. To this end there are a variety of options available to achieve communications links.
Australia has a target to source 20 per cent of our electricity from renewable sources by the year 2020. The Renewable Energy Target (RET) was developed to drive the deployment of at least 41,000 GWh of renewable electricity by 2020 to meet the 20 per cent target.
If you are attending Clean Energy Week in Sydney this week, here is a sneak preview on what you can expect from SMA Australia. At the exhibition, held at Sydney Showground, we will focus on our innovative storage solutions, which offer private households and commercial operations greater independence in their use of energy. Our Sales teams will be available to explain our range of solutions and our Service team will be on hand to answer technical questions.
Councils are committing to sustainable practices and renewable energy amidst the current Government’s intention to dismantle the Renewable Energy Target. They have implemented innovative renewable energy projects to reduce electricity bills and pass the financial, and environmental rewards back to the taxpayers in their communities.
SMA’s Technical Service Engineer Gilbert Jin takes you through a quick overview of the Cluster Controller. He explains which ports are responsible for which sensors and grid management specifications, runs through the interface of the device, and then looks at the web interface of the Cluster Controller.
The Australian Federal Government is conducting a review of the Renewable Energy Target (RET), with a particular focus on the level of the target and its impact on electricity prices. This presents a real risk to the industry and warrants a concerted effort to defend the policy at the heart of the clean energy sector.
Charles and I both attended a four-day off-grid workshop held by The Australian Solar Council. We travelled to a site about an hour’s drive east of Melbourne to a small co-operative community. The workshop focused on off-grid systems, PV system design, battery sizing and load profiling. Here is our story.
SMA Australia recently launched an updated program of courses with a new Solar Academy trainer at the helm. Adrian Ho has recently taken up the role of Solar Academy Trainer at SMA Australia. Prior to that, he spent two years in the role of Technical Service Engineer at SMA, handling technical enquiries and troubleshooting.