The only time anyone really mentions PV array junction boxes is when listing the individual technical components of a PV power plant. One reason they might be completely overlooked is because, compared with inverters, medium-voltage components and modules, they are quite inconspicuous. But without them, nothing works. Anyone who overlooks these seemingly unimportant boxes will lose out and shouldn’t be surprised if they see decreased PV power plant yield and increased maintenance outlay.
On an exposed area near the autobahn 7, the SMA ground-based plant on Sandershäuser Berg can be viewed far and wide in the North Hessian community of Niestetal. In operation for ten months, the PV power plant has been supplying clean solar energy to the adjacent Solar Factory 3 as well as other corporate buildings of SMA Solar Technology AG in Niestetal.
Our South African subsidiary just opened it’s new manufacturing facility in Cape Town. While it was the original idea to produce the inverters for the South African market in South Africa, the investment will also boost the capacity of the solar power industry — to help address the country’s growing energy crisis, create jobs, transfer skills and technology as well as support the REIPP projects (Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer) with local content requirements.
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.
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.
From June 4-6, 2014, Munich became the center of the solar industry. 44,000 visitors flocked to Intersolar Europe to learn more about the latest solar innovations. Follow us through 3 days of Intersolar and experience the show through the eyes of SMA. Didn’t get to make the trip over? Don’t worry, we captured the most important moments and our personal highlights for you on video.
Turning crisis into opportunity: Despite the fact that the installation of new PV systems has dropped by several megawatts, a new and promising trend known as revamping has developed in Italy.
Danny Büder is a service technician of the SMA Global Support team in Niestetal. For his job, he travels around the world. In fact, over the past two years alone, the 29-year-old has been to 13 different countries. With Toni Berger and employees from other SMA subsidiaries, Danny recently brought Japan’s largest PV power plant into operation. Over a cup of coffee he tells me how the work went in the southern Japanese city of Kagoshima, and what the SMA team encountered in the way of unusual features and challenges.
Central solar inverters have long been a prevalent choice among project developers, EPCs, integrators and other stakeholders engaged in large-scale solar development. They satisfy the demanding requirements of all parties from builders to financiers while providing low installed cost per watt. Central solar inverters are positioned to remain a popular technology for utility-scale and large commercial solar power conversion as their usage increases throughout the world and manufacturers continue to offer larger power classes with more innovative features.
In January 2012, while the World Future Energy Summit was held in Abu Dhabi, Dubai presented its plans for a 1,000 Megawatt solar project, named the “Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum plant“. Those plans were revealed only a few meters away from SMA booth which made us very excited about this vision. When I had a closer look at the model I wondered who would realize it, when this would be done and if they had already selected a location. One year later, phase one of this vision started becoming a reality as the 13 MW Plant was ready to be commissioned with SMA inverters.