As the central control unit in the SMA Smart Home, the Sunny Home Manager plans the use of appliances in line with users’ needs. It determines how much power the PV system will produce by analyzing weather forecasts. The energy manager also recognizes the typical consumption patterns of the household. Based on this information, it creates an operational schedule for optimal use of the PV power and, for instance, starts the washing machine or other appliances accordingly. With the BSH Home Connect app, users are able to specify the requirements for the desired start times of household appliances. The new firmware for the Sunny Home Manager is also available to devices already installed. Thus, operators of existing PV systems with the Sunny Home Manager can also make more efficient and convenient use of their self-generated solar power.
“The EEBus communication standard creates a common and manufacturer-independent language for all energy-related appliances in the Smart Home. SMA is one of the first providers to have implemented this trendsetting standard,” said Sven Schreiber, Executive Vice President of SMA’s Residential business unit and Managing Board member of the EEBus Initiative. “This allows for optimum coordination between appliances and permits effective reductions in energy costs. Our practical tests have demonstrated this impressively over the past few months. The unveiling of the EEBus industry standard in May 2016 for all users means that the communication standard is now available to all appliance manufacturers, resulting in more Smart Home appliances being connected to the EEBus world in the near future.”
The SMA Group with sales of €1 billion in 2015 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 20 countries. The Group employs more than 3,000 people worldwide. SMA has an extensive range of products, which offers the right inverters for all module types and plant sizes; for small residential systems as well as large-scale plants, grid-connected photovoltaic systems as well as off-grid and hybrid systems. Moreover, SMA offers system technology for various battery technologies and system sizes and collaborates with renowned battery manufacturers and companies from the automotive industry. The SMA technology is protected by about 750 patents and utility models worldwide. 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 is currently the only company in the solar industry that is listed in the TecDAX index.
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