The world’s largest PV-diesel hybrid power plant with a battery storage system is currently being built in the Bolivian province of Pando. SMA has been not only selected to supply the PV inverters for this project, but also SMA’s Fuel Save Controller, which recently won the Intersolar Award in the PV category. SMA was also selected to provide four newly-developed inverters for large-scale battery storage systems using lithium-ion technology.
You would like to visit a Solar Academy training, but there is no SMA subsidiary in your country? No problem, for you can simply join one of our globally available webinars, offered in a variety of languages. These online trainings will inform you about new SMA products and solutions, provide you with technical details and show you tips and tricks via live demonstrations, e.g. in our Sunny Design webinars.
Good news from South Africa: SMA’s inverter production in Cape Town (South Africa) has started and the first locally manufactured Sunny Central inverters have been tested and are ready to be shipped. Thorsten Ronge, General Manager of SMA Sub-Sahara Production Pty Ltd, and his team have worked hard over the last months to keep their promise of starting production before Round 4 bid-submission in the South African REIPPP programme.
The Sunny Tripower 10000TLEE-JP-10 has been recertified by Japan Electrical Safety & Environment Technology Laboratories (JET). This means that SMA already meets the new FRT requirements in accordance with JEAC 9701-2012, which are not due to take effect until the end of the year. SMA is the first inverter manufacturer worldwide to meet these requirements. Development Engineer Christian Gehrke and Product Manager Jens Garthof have guided the certification process.
Summer is fast approaching and though that means more hours of sunshine, for most of the U.S. it also means hot days and plenty of them. A well-known fact about PV arrays is that as temperature rises, system voltage drops and can fall dangerously close to the lower edge of the Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) window.
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 endless lists of components and options have been considered, system designs and mock-ups created and everything ordered—modules, racking, inverters, and the list goes on and on. But what happens when something goes wrong or didn’t come out as planned? While most companies might believe that once a deal is done there is nothing left they can do for you, we think otherwise.
The British Virgin Islands, known for beautiful beaches and miles of serene coastline, are ideal for rest and relaxation. For travelers looking to escape big-city type noise, the diesel generators powering most vacation resorts wasn’t a welcome sound. Generating electricity on remote Caribbean islands used to be a dirty job, until hybrid solar power systems started cleaning it up.
Got a Sunny WebBox that’s ready to configure?
Solar Academy trainer Mike Mahon demonstrates how to download and run the Sunny WebBox Assistant to remotely configure a Sunny WebBox. Step-by-step instructions show how to create and save a system monitoring profile and how to send it wirelessly to the Sunny WebBox.
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