SMA Solar Technology AG is a global leader in the development, production and sales of solar inverters and, with regard to the energy management team, offers innovative basic technologies for future power supply structures. SMA is represented in all major photovoltaic markets in 21 countries. The company has more than 5000 staff and has reached a sales volume of € 1.5 trillion in 2012. Technically, the inverter is the most important element of a photovoltaic plant. It converts the direct current produced to the photovoltaic cells into an alternating current compliant with the requirements of the grid – for self-consumption or power supply to the grid. As a smart system administrator, it monitors both the photovoltaic generator and the power distribution network. SMA converters are already performing important network management functions, which are becoming increasingly important as electricity generation from renewable sources increases.
SMA has developed state-of-the-art technology solutions and groundbreaking trends in this field for years and future-oriented topics. For example, a dissertation includes intelligent energy management at the household level, integration of the solar power network and the connection of storage facilities for more efficient use of renewable energy sources. SMA has a wide range of products, offering the right inverters for all plant types and sizes. for small residential systems, as well as large-scale installations, network-connected facilities as well as stand-alone and backup systems around the world. Plant monitoring and imaging products as well as energy management solutions complete the portfolio. In addition to this, SMA customers worldwide benefit from integrated services: from supporting the installation and commissioning of photovoltaic installations to fast and simple replacement of the device in Germany and worldwide and to free SMA Service Line for technical issues. As a result, the company provides training for installation designers, installers, electrically qualified people and everyone interested in solar energy at seminars under the Solar Academy SMA.