Large-scale PV power plants in the gigawatt range form a central pillar in the global energy supply of tomorrow. Technological innovations can help further reduce the costs for solar power generation in these power plants and also increase the export strength of the German PV industry in this fast-growing sector.
Given this background, the project partners will research the use of new semiconductor components and low-inductance power modules over the next three years and develop special solutions for high-efficiency, cost-effective central inverters in the megawatt range. In addition to cost reduction, the project will also focus on improving the special application requirements of photovoltaics in terms of functionality, efficiency and service life.
A second application area for this new technological approach is medical technology. Here, the focus will be placed on the high-frequency path and the development of ultracompact medical inverters. Particularly with regard to CT scans, optimal solutions can be implemented for use in the high power ranges for X-ray imaging.
The SMA Group generated sales of €1.5 billion in 2012 and is the global market leader for solar inverters, a key component of all PV plants and, as an energy management group, offers innovative key technologies for future power supply structures. It is headquartered in Niestetal, near Kassel, Germany, and is represented internationally in 21 countries. The Group employs more than 5,000 people worldwide. SMA’s broad product portfolio includes a compatible inverter for every type of module on the market and for all plant sizes. The product range includes both inverters for photovoltaic plants connected to the grid as well as inverters for off-grid systems. SMA is therefore able to provide ideal technical inverter solutions for all plant sizes and types. 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. In recent years, SMA has received numerous awards for excellence as an employer and achieved first place in the nationwide “Great Place to Work®” competition in 2011 and 2012 and fourth place in 2013.
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