Sungrow hybrid inverters and batteries: tips for use

In recent months, there has been much turbulence on the global market and also in the PV industry. Persistent component shortages and delays within the supply chain have caused and continue to cause dissatisfaction. Sungrow is also feeling the effects of the global crisis, but the manufacturer of hybrid inverters and batteries is constantly working on solutions.  Sungrow has thus announced a generational change in the hybrid inverter at the beginning of September and is currently supplying other battery cells on the Asian market. We offer tips on how to ensure trouble-free installation in the field. (more…)

We introduce – the new SMA hybrid inverter

The SMA Sunny Boy Smart Energy Hybrid inverter – This name might sound familiar to some people. Almost 10 years ago, SMA already ventured into this segment with this innovative inverter and storage combination. But it turned out that the market and the functions of the product were not yet ready. But now with full momentum and a new start, SMA presents the new Sunny Tripower Smart Energy Hybrid inverter. (more…)

Spacy living on earth

Take a creative idea, environmentally friendly and recyclable materials and a complete PV system from a single source from IBC SOLAR: The result is an extraordinary residential or office complex in a minimalist and futuristic design that cannot be surpassed in terms of sustainability! This is made possible by the cooperation between IBC SOLAR and SpaceFounder, a company from the Upper Franconia region that specializes in the construction of so-called “Spaces”. And the first joint projects are already being completed. (more…)

The solution when the power grid goes on strike

Just under 11 minutes – 10.73 minutes to be precise – and thus 1.47 minutes less than in the same period of the previous year, we experienced supply interruptions in the power grid in Germany in 2020. This means that the outage time was lower than ever before. Still, for some, the power may go out in the most crucial minutes of the year. And the 10.73 minutes are, of course, only an average. Depending on the situation, it was significantly longer. But what can you do if the power is suddenly gone? The answer is PV and storage, connected via a so-called grid switch box or backup box. (more…)

PV flat roof systems in the wind tunnel test

Before mounting systems are allowed to be installed, they must comply with corresponding standards, including EN 1991-1-4. Beside all the specifications regarding statics, materials, etc., this standard, including the national annex, contains specific information about wind loads to which PV systems and their mounting systems on roofs are exposed. In times of increasingly strong storms and even hurricanes this is indispensable for safety and must be included in the development. That is why the solar industry relies on so-called wind tunnel tests to keep the ballast of roof-penetration-free flat roof systems as low as necessary. In this blog entry, we explain how these tests are structured and what needs to be taken into account. (more…)