SUNNY HOME MANAGER

Sunny Home Manager

The control center for
intelligent energy management

Sunny Home Manager monitors all energy flows in the home, identifies potential savings automatically and improves solar power use. To do so, it compiles and combines information from the PV system, internet-based weather forecasts and household energy consumption data. Being connected to major household appliances, Sunny Home Manager optimizes the energy flow between all relevant loads and the available solar energy.

Monitor and Act

Understand your energy generation and consumption

  • Do you know how much energy is required to wash a load of laundry?
  • Do you know that your beloved refrigerator actually uses three times more energy than an A++ refrigerator?
  • Are you aware that on a sunny day, your PV system produces more energy than you actually can consume?

Being connected to all major household appliances, Sunny Home Manager can tell you and allows you to adjust your consumption habits. This is the first step in reducing your energy bill and being more ecologically conscious by actually using energy when the sun provides it.


What Sunny Home Manager has to offer

  • Clear visualization of key energy flows in the household
  • Energy balance diagrams which show PV generation, charging/discharging of the storage battery
  • Energy mix (electricity from photovoltaics, battery, utility grid) as used by individual household appliances
  • Historic energy consumption charts with various view selections
  • Basic PV system status monitoring to confirm correct system performance
SUNNY HOME MANAGER - Energy Balance

Energy Balance

The analysis page shows the energy balance for a specified time period and provides analyses for generation, consumption, self-consumption and battery usage.
Energy Balance with SUNNY PORTAL


Switch and Manage

Energy management with the SMA Smart Home automatically reduces your energy bill

Sunny Home Manager - Current status and forecast

Once you know where energy comes and goes in your home, you can let Sunny Home Manager do what it is designed to do... manage energy.

Having access to all key household appliances, the optional battery-storage system and the PV generation unit, the Sunny Home Manager always knows how much energy is available and where it is needed. Aided by a weather forecast from Internet data and individual adaptation to local conditions, it is able to accurately predict solar irradiation for a few hours into the future and supply the connected household appliances with low cost PV energy. Thanks to the Sunny Home Manager’s self-learning function, appliances such as the heat pump run exactly when there is sufficient sunlight available, making it possible to cover electric power demand by solar production.

The online Sunny Portal shows the status of the PV system and displays energy availability and consumption forecasts. It indicates the scheduled operating periods of the household appliances that Sunny Home Manager factors into its energy planning. So you know that the washing machine will be finished at 4 p.m. and that the laundry will have been washed almost entirely using solar power. It also gives tips on how you could use additional excess PV energy.

The diagrams in the Sunny Portal display the power consumption for connected household appliances together so that you can see exactly when Sunny Home Manager started the dishwasher or how much solar power the heat pump used over the past month.


Saving Energy Intelligently

Managing household appliances

Particular energy savings can be made by allowing Sunny Home Manager to schedule distribution of solar power among the household appliances. The biggest savings can be made when the system takes control of the largest electrical appliances in the home. SMA offers a number of solutions that allow Sunny Home Manager to access appliances:

Switch appliances on and off
The easy-to-install SMA radio-controlled sockets switch household appliances on and off using control signals from Sunny Home Manager.

  • Sunny Home Manager measures power consumption levels during operation and records precisely how much power the device has used and for how long.
  • Many appliances can be controlled via the energy management system including washing machines, dishwashers, dryers, immersion heaters, pumps and many more.

SMA supplies radio-controlled sockets in various country-specific versions. You can find more information in our Planning Guidelines - SMA Smart Home.

SMA Funksteckdosen

Smart Appliances With Direct Data Connection

The future household is completely interconnected. SMA already has a few partners that enable Sunny Home Manager to connect to major household appliances, which can then automatically exchange information for energy management:
After a simple plug and play installation, the intelligent heat pump automatically coordinates with Sunny Home Manager to find the best time to heat the house with solar energy.

Cooperation Partners for the SMA Smart Home

  • Stiebel Eltron heat pumps (for compatibility list see Planning Guidelines - SMA Smart Home)
  • Mennekes AMTRON charging station for electric vehicles
  • More devices will be added as the future EEBUS communication standard for networking in the Smart Home is introduced in the near future.

Each appliance manufacturer will supply detailed information on compatibility and setup.


Storing Energy Intelligently

Store energy when it’s the most worthwhile

The active power limitation policy in Germany forces PV systems with battery storage to curtail PV inverter power output when more than 60% of the installed PV power (kWp) would be fed into the utility grid.

After all, even though on sunny days as much as 100% PV power may be available, if there is no-one at home to use this energy, everything over 60% has to be discarded.

With its PV yield forecast and measured household consumption, Sunny Home Manager knows precisely when it needs to limit grid feed-in, at midday for example.

To be able to use valuable PV power, it is best to store the otherwise discarded energy in the battery. Being practically free of cost, you can use this energy in the evenings to watch television or prepare a meal.

For such purposes, Sunny Home Manager always ensures that there is enough capacity left in the battery. Instead of charging the battery with excess PV power first thing in the morning, Sunny Home Manager controls the battery inverter to make sure that as much PV energy as possible produced during the midday peak—and destined for curtailment—can be stored in the battery.

Maximizing use of low cost PV power helps to reduce energy costs.


Read more about SMA storage solutions:
PV systems with integrated storage system
PV systems with flexible storage system

Version 1.13.14.R (August 2016)

Performance features for the SMA Smart Home System:

Energy Management for Bosch/Siemens home appliances via EEBUS

  • Integration of EEBUS compatible Bosch/Siemens home appliances in Sunny Home Manager energy management.
  • Simple process to establish the EEBUS data connection between Sunny Home Manager and EEBUS compatible Bosch/Siemens dishwashers, washers and tumble driers.
  • Increased PV self consumption and reduction of energy cost through EEBUS controlled load shifting.
  • EEBUS is available for all appliance manufacturers as an open standard. In the near future more smart appliances will join in the EEBUS connected smart home.
  • A separate technical information with detailed description for connection and control via EEBUS will be available (Download via www.sma.de).
  • Please note: For detailed instructions in regards to EEBUS compatible Bosch/Siemens home appliances please contact the Bosch/Siemens service line.


Battery Charge Time Window control – you decide, when your batteries shall be charged.

  • Applicable specifically for home owners who get a time-of-use tariff from their power company.
  • Charge your battery with low cost power and use the stored energy in times, when grid power is high in price.
  • Definition of time windows, where batteries shall be charged at a defined charge power.
  • Available for AC coupled SMA storage battery systems (Sunny Island or Sunny Boy Storage).
  • A separate Technical Information with detailed explanations and application samples will be available for download from www.sma.de.


Zero Export control for PV systems with AC coupled storage batteries.

  • ... up to now, Zero Export was supported for PV systems with inverters only.
  • Inclusion of AC coupled storage batteries in Zero Export control. This enables you to use an optimum amount of your self generated PV energy.
  • A default waiting cycle of 5 seconds allows the battery inverter to use excess PV power for charging before the PV inverter output is scaled down to avoid grid feed-in.
  • Available for AC coupled storage battery systems (Sunny Island or Sunny Boy Storage and other battery storage systems).
  • Please note: In Zero Export mode, a minimum level of power feed-in cannot be avoided. The amount of feed-in depends on the number of household load changes and composition of the PV system.


If you have activated the automatic software update function for the Sunny Home Manager, the update will be performed without any user interaction. In case you want to initiate the update manually, please temporarily activate the automatic update function. After successful completion of the update, you can revert to the deactivated state of automatic update function. Please note, that the update is processed step-by-step. Multiple Sunny Home Managers are updated one after another.

Version 1.12.17.R (July 2016)

Extensions for the SMA Smart Home system:

  • Support of the new Sunny Boy Storage (Single unit with one high voltage storage battery) for prognosis-based battery charging and visualisation of storage data.
    For detailed information about Sunny Boy Storage please refer to the product information page at www.sma.de.


If you have activated the automatic software update function for the Sunny Home Manager, the update will be performed without any user interaction. In case you want to initiate the update manually, please temporarily activate the automatic update function. After successful completion of the update, you can revert to the deactivated state of automatic update function. Please note, that the update is processed step-by-step. Multiple Sunny Home Managers are updated one after another.

Version 1.12.11.R (October 2015)

Extensions for the SMA Smart Home system:

  • New RC sockets and RC switches available through integration of Plugwise home automation components (Plugwise Circle, Sting and Stealth)
    SMA Bluetooth RC sockets still are available. In regards to energy management functionality, SMA Bluetooth RC sockets and Plugwise RC sockets are identical.

    • For compatibility of the Plugwise components, the Plugwise base station Stretch needs to have a minimum firmware version 2.7.7 (see further notes below).
    • To connect the Sunny Home Manager with the Plugwise components, please find a description in the Quick Reference Guide or in the new version of the Planning Guidelines "SMA Smart Home".
    • ON/OFF control and enabling the Auto-Mode for Plugwise RC sockets is done via Sunny Portal or the Sunny Portal App. (no control button for Plugwise RC sockets). Setup of the basic Plugwise system is described in Plugwise's device documentation.

  • New features for energy management of Smart Appliances with control via direct data connection (variable load appliance)
    • Mennekes Amtron charge stations are controlled with power level recommendations. (Amtron Firmware minimum version 1.07, update process acc. to Mennekes instruction manual). With this feature, it is possible to consume excess PV energy to an extremely high degree independent from a changing weather situation.
    • Stiebel Eltron heatpumps (with WPM 3 and LWZ) are controlled via plug&play via direct data connection in the local area network.

  • Full support of lead acid storage batteries (FLA) for prognosis based storage management. With this extension, all available battery types can be controlled in energy management.
  • Miele appliances in the Miele@home system with base station XGW3000 or XGW2000 are fully supported in energy management.


New documentation and application support:


New features in Sunny Portal for Sunny Home Manager PV plants:

  • In Sunny Portal section "Overview of New Device" it now is possible to transfer multiple new devices to the PV plant. In comparison with the one-by-one transfer method, this significantly saves time during plant setup.
  • Sunny Portal Apps now are available in a new version with simplified operation of appliances and other new features. (iOS and Android versions available)
  • Various bug fixings


Note:

  • Update of Plugwise Stretch: The update commands are triggered via the Stretch's HTML Interface, which can be entered via the Plugwise App (please refer to the Plugwise documentation).
  • Safety status of RC sockets during communication disturbance: Besides On/OFF so far, there was another state "keep last known status". Due to potential safety hazards, this state is not supported anymore for new load profiles. Existing load profiles, which used this state, will be transitioned to a new setting with the next active change of the load profile. With the change, only the states "ON" or "OFF" can be selected.
  • If you have activated the automatic software update function for the Sunny Home Manager, the update will be performed without any user interaction. In case you want to initiate the update manually, please temporarily activate the automatic update function. After successful completion of the update, you can revert to the deactivated state of automatic update function. Please note, that the update is processed step-by-step. Multiple Sunny Home Managers are updated one after another.

Version 1.11.6.R (March 2015)

Performance features:
Option for enable/disable of forecast-optimized storage management for Sunny Island

  • New settings item for Installer/Admin in Sunny Home Manager device properties.

    • Enable: Sunny Home Manager controls charging and discharging of the Sunny Island battery in order to optimize excess energy usage for PV plant with dynamic output power limitation (i.e. 70% rule for Germany)
    • Disabled: Sunny Island applies its internal control algorithms according to the measured condition at the grid connection point. (Charge battery for PV feed-in, discharge battery in case of grid supplied energy)

  • Settings of existing PV plants are maintained without change.
  • Default for new PV plants: Disabled
  • Charge/Discharge control for Sunny Boy Smart Energy is not affected. The new settings item only is available for PV plant with Sunny Island.


Various Bugfixes:

  • Suppression of unnecessary info message „EM-Gateway not found“


New version Sunny Portal iOS App

  • Completion of energy balance display
  • Simplified screens for display and control of SMA Smart Home appliances
  • The new Android App with identical improvements will soon be released.


Information:

  • Due to an incompatibility between Sunny Home Manager and the new Miele@home Gateway XGW3000, appliance control for Miele appliances via the XGW3000 currently is not possible. The incompatibility will be fixed in the next Sunny Home Manager Release.
  • Miele appliances in PV plants with the old Miele@home Gateway XGW2000 are correctly controlled as before by the Sunny Home Manager.


Notes:
If you have activated the automatic software update function for the Sunny Home Manager, the update will be performed without any user interaction. In case you want to initiate the update manually, please temporarily activate the automatic update function. After successful completion of the update, you can revert to the deactivated state of automatic update function. Please note, that the update is processed step-by-step. Multiple Sunny Home Managers are updated one after another.

Compatible Radio-Controlled Sockets

SMA radio-controlled socket

Remote control, the obvious solution: With the SMA radio-controlled socket loads which can be operated at various times will be activated at the ideal moment. In addition, the SMA radio-controlled socket allows you to precisely measure their energy consumption. This means that it also records, for example, how often, when and how long the respective device operates. Based on the recommended actions the Sunny Home Manager remotely turns on and off household appliances such as washing machines or dishwashers using the SMA radio-controlled sockets. Through the process, you can increase your self-consumption and monitor the load profiles of various appliances, helping you to single out any electricity guzzlers.

Compatible Radio-Controlled Sockets: Plugwise

Plugwise

The Circle radio-controlled socket and Stealth radio-controlled socket from Plugwise can be used in Sunny Home Manager systems with the Sunny Home Manager firmware version 1.12, and higher. Various sets and individual components for different countries are available via Plugwise sales channels. Circle and Stealth have the same function in the SMA Smart Home as the SMA Bluetooth radio-controlled sockets.
The connection to the Sunny Home Manager is established via the Plugwise Gateway Stretch. To ensure compatibility with the Sunny Home Manager, the Gateway Stretch firmware must be version 2.7.7 or higher.

For detailed information on the required Plugwise components and firmware update see the SMA Smart Home Planning Guidelines and Sunny Home Manager Installation Manual.

D0 Reading head

Adapter to read out the optical meter interface according to IEC 62056-21 (D0) with 4-pole plug.





Language

User Manual

User Manual - SUNNY HOME MANAGER in SUNNY PORTAL HoMan_Portal-BA-en-20.pdf
  • Type: User Manual
  • Language: English (Worldwide)
  • Number: HoMan_Portal-BA-en-20
  • Version: 2.0

Data sheet

SUNNY HOME MANAGER - The control center for smart energy management HOMEMANAGER-DEN1603-V21web.pdf
  • Type: Data sheet
  • Language: English (Worldwide)
  • Number: HOMEMANAGER-DEN1603-V21
  • Version: 2.1
SMA FLEXIBLE STORAGE SYSTEM - The versatile solution for new and existing PV systems FSSMAPPE-DEN1510-V10web.pdf
  • Type: Data sheet
  • Language: English (Worldwide)
  • Number: FSSMAPPE-DEN1510-V10
  • Version: 1.0

PC Software

SUNNY HOMEMANAGER ASSISTANT 1.0.4 - for WINDOWS Sunny-Home-Manager-Assistant-1.0.4.R.exe
  • Type: PC Software
  • Language: International
  • Number: Sunny-Home-Manager-Assistant-1.0.4.R
  • Version: 1.0.4
SUNNY HOMEMANAGER ASSISTANT 1.0.4 - for LINUX and MacOS Sunny-Home-Manager-Assistant-1.0.4.R.jar
  • Type: PC Software
  • Language: International
  • Number: Sunny-Home-Manager-Assistant-1.0.4.R.jar
  • Version: 1.0.4

Technical information

SMA Flexible Storage System - Disclosure of System Interface for Remote Control and Remote Parameterization - Technical Information FSS-HoMan-Foerderprogamm-TI-en-10.pdf
  • Type: Technical information
  • Language: English (Worldwide)
  • Number: FSS-HoMan-Foerderprogamm-TI-en-10
  • Version: 1.0
Technical Information - SMA Flexible Storage System / SMA Integrated Storage System - Disclosure of System Interface for Remote Control and Remote Parameterization FSS-ISS-HoMan-Foerderprogamm-TI-en-11.pdf
  • Type: Technical information
  • Language: English (Worldwide)
  • Number: FSS-ISS-HoMan-Foerderprogamm-TI-en-11
  • Version: 1.1
SMA Bluetooth - SMA Bluetooth® Wireless Technology in Practice BT_Quick-TI-en-12.pdf
  • Type: Technical information
  • Language: English (Worldwide)
  • Number: BT_Quick-TI-en-12
  • Version: 1.2
Technical Information - SMA SMART HOME - Load Control via CAN Time Period - Example: Pool Pump SSH_KANN-Zeitfenster-TI-en-10.pdf
  • Type: Technical information
  • Language: English (Worldwide)
  • Number: SSH_KANN-Zeitfenster-TI-en-10
  • Version: 1.0
Technical Information - SMA SMART HOME Load Control Using Relays or Contactors - Example: Heating Rod SSH_Verbraucher_m_Relais-TI-en-10.pdf
  • Type: Technical information
  • Language: English (Worldwide)
  • Number: SSH_Verbraucher_m_Relais-TI-en-10
  • Version: 1.0
Technical Information - SMA SMART HOME - Load Control via MUST Time Period - Example: Washing Machine SSH_MUSS-Zeitfenster-TI-en-10.pdf
  • Type: Technical information
  • Language: English (Worldwide)
  • Number: SSH_MUSS-Zeitfenster-TI-en-10
  • Version: 1.0

Quick reference guide

Planning guidelines

Planning Guidelines - SMA SMART HOME - The System Solution for Greater Independence SI-HoMan-PL-en-44.pdf
  • Type: Planning guidelines
  • Language: International
  • Number: SI-HoMan-PL-en-44
  • Version: 4.4

Manufacturers Declaration

Manufacturer’s Declaration - Zero Feed-in Mode (Zero Export) for PV Systems HK_Zero-Export-fuer-PV-Anlagen_en_10.pdf
  • Type: Manufacturers Declaration
  • Language: English (Worldwide)
  • Number: HK_Zero-Export-fuer-PV-Anlagen_en_10
  • Version: 1.0
EU Declaration of Conformity - Sunny Home Manager with Bluetooth® (HM-BT-10 ,HM-BT-10.GR2) ZE_CE_HM-BT-10_en_15.pdf
  • Type: Manufacturers Declaration
  • Language: International
  • Number: ZE_CE_HM-BT-10_en_15
  • Version: 1.5
EU Declaration of Conformity - SMA radio-controlled socket with BLUETOOTH® (BT-SOCKET-10-01, BT-SOCKET-10-02) ZE_CE_FSD_BT_en_14.pdf
  • Type: Manufacturers Declaration
  • Language: English (Worldwide)
  • Number: ZE_CE_FSD_BT_en_14
  • Version: 1.4