New System Solution Optimized for Medium to Large Commercial Systems, Distributed Utility PV Projects
ROCKLIN, Calif., June 17, 2015—SMA is now taking orders for its newest solution for medium to large-scale PV plants: the Sunny Tripower 60-US. This 60 kW inverter combines the advantages of a decentralized system layout with the benefits of a centralized inverter design, bringing together the best of both worlds. It offers high efficiency, industry-leading power density, easy installation, simple commissioning and low maintenance requirements, which all contribute to reduced system cost.
The Sunny Tripower 60-US boasts maximum efficiency of 98.8 percent, unmatched power density (60 kVA at just 165 pounds) and DC input voltage of up to 1,000 V. It also provides a scalable PV building block approach and full grid management features, making it ideal for medium and large commercial systems, as well as distributed utility-scale applications. For a complete system solution, the Sunny Tripower 60-US can be paired with the SMA Inverter Manager, Local Commissioning and Service Tool and a combiner box.
"We are thrilled to expand our popular Sunny Tripower line with this 60 kW model, which combines the clear advantages of a decentralized layout with central inverter technology," said Henry Dziuba, president and general manager of SMA America. "Now, installers have another tool when developing commercial and utility-scale PV plants, allowing for more customized PV design."
The SMA Inverter Manager is the central communications and control interface for the entire Sunny Tripower system. It handles all important inverter and system management functions for up to 2.5 MW in a single device. The Sunny Tripower 60-US benefits from a self-configuring inverter network with automatic IP configuration and device discovery, which eliminates manual setup. The SMA Inverter Manager also creates a seamless inverter control loop, which enables complete grid management capabilities.
The specially developed Local Commissioning and Service Tool makes commissioning easy, saves time and reduces costs. The inverter is configured by simply selecting the system-specific configuration files and then transmitting them to all inverters. In addition, individual inverter data is aggregated into a single plant profile for comprehensive plant performance analysis.
The SMA Group, with sales of more than €800 million in 2014, is the global market leader for solar inverters, a key component of all PV plants and offers innovative key technologies for future power supply structures. It is headquartered in Niestetal, near Kassel, Germany, and is represented in 21 countries. The Group employs more than 4,500 people worldwide. SMA's broad product portfolio includes a compatible inverter for every type of module on the market and for all PV system sizes. The repeatedly awarded product range includes system technologies for grid-connected photovoltaic systems as well as off-grid and hybrid systems. The technology is protected by more than 550 patents. The range of services is supplemented by comprehensive services and operational management of large-scale PV power plants. Since 2008, the Group's parent company, SMA Solar Technology AG, has been listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (S92) and also in the TecDAX index. www.SMA-America.com