Archives from Months March, 2016

Real- world experience: college students design and build solar-powered barn

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College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine is taking its classroom outside for serious hands-on know-how in its renewable energy practicum program. Lead by Professor Anna Demeo, Ph.D., students learn the ins-and-outs of building design and how to incorporate renewable energy during the planning stages.

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South Korea Focuses on Storage Power Plants

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200 MW of pure storage capacity: Before the end of 2015, the world’s largest battery-storage system will go into operation in South Korea. Its aim is to help stabilize the Korean utility grid.

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Tech Tip: Sunny Island firmware update

Performing firmware updates on systems with single or multiple Sunny Islands is a simple process as shown by the Solar Academy in this Tech Tip video. Want to install lithium ion batteries in a Sunny Island system? Follow these steps to perform the needed firmware update before commissioning.

Have a question for the Solar Academy trainers? Send it to SocialMedia@SMA-America.com and we might just answer your question in our next Tech Tip!

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Understanding OptiTrac Global Peak

The technology everyone is talking about right now is power optimizers—electronic components that work directly with the PV module to ensure that the maximum amount of DC power can be extracted from each and every solar panel. This can be particularly advantageous when modules are in heavy shade, as the optimizer companies claim they can “save” as much as 25 percent of the energy lost through shading. However, Joachim Laschinski, technology expert at SMA, explains what the phenomenon of shading actually entails and how SMA has already solved this problem with it’s own OptiTrac Global Peak that’s included with all new Sunny Boy inverters.  

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Smaller, lighter and better than before—the redesigned ReadyRack™

SMA’s ReadyRack™ forever changed commercial rooftops by creating an all-in-one inverter, rack and disconnect solution for immediate rooftop placement and system connection. Now in its second generation, the improved ReadyRack features a smaller footprint, lighter per-unit weight, and reduced cost, making it an even more versatile solution for today’s crowded commercial rooftops.

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