SMA Power Plant Manager - The turnkey solution for intelligent plant control
POWER PLANT MANAGER

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Manage energy intelligently and digitalize power plants

The Power Plant Manager is the complete solution for the energy management of PV power plants and hybrid power plants in the megawatt range. Thanks to software platform ennexOS, it safeguards the intelligent networking of different energy sources to monitor and regulate grid-compliant energy generation, and ensures particularly high power plant availability. It enables the digitalization of power plants and thus participation in the energy market of the future.

The Power Plant Manager ensures that PV systems with and without battery-storage systems in on-grid and off-grid facilities are ideally equipped today for the requirements of the virtual power plants of tomorrow.

Benefits

Save on generator and diesel costs

Save on generator and diesel costs

Central interface for data overview and analysis: Sunny Portal

Central interface for data overview and analysis: Sunny Portal

Optional redundancy possible - SMA Power Plant Manager

Optional redundancy possible

Remote access: reduced service costs and increased security

Remote access: reduced service costs and increased security

Full digital overview at all times

SMA Sunny Portal powered by ennexOS - Analysis Pro

With the Power Plant Manager, you are already optimally equipped for the energy market of tomorrow. The Power Plant Manager ensures that your power plant runs efficiently and also helps stabilize the utility grid. As a turnkey solution, it is available with other system components such as the SMA Hybrid Controller. You can see all your data at a glance anytime with the free Sunny Portal monitoring platform.

The system in detail
This is how the Power Plant Manager can be used to manage and monitor the energy flows in your power plant.

Stable utility grids and optimal energy selling

The Power Plant Manager offers new selling options for energy:

Black start

Black start

Starting the power plant without a functioning grid to restore the electricity supply after a grid failure.

Synchronizing local grids

Synchronizing local grids

Synchronization of the local utility grid (microgrid) with the public utility grid, for example, after a black start.

Providing primary operating reserve

Providing primary operating reserve

The primary operating reserve is provided via the battery-storage system at the point of interconnection.

Saving diesel costs

Saving diesel costs

The hybrid grid is supported by voltage-supplying battery inverters and saves fuel.

Automatic active power reduction

Automatic active power reduction

Reduction in active power in the event of overfrequency according to grid code specifications.

Customized adaptation

Customized adaptation

Setpoints of the grid operator, for example, for reactive power or the displacement power factor are implemented as needed.

Constant reactive power

Constant reactive power

Constant reactive power or a displacement power factor can be made available on a permanent basis or by request.

Dynamic control

Dynamic control

Dynamically specified values for reactive power or a displacement power factor are managed at the point of interconnection.

Uninterrupted availability

Uninterrupted availability - SMA Power Plant Manager

  • Greater power plant availability by means of fail-safe operation
  • No losses through grid disconnection (e.g., by grid operators) if there is an incident with the system controller
  • Smooth switchover of farm control in the event of a grid incident or failure
  • Reliable implementation of setpoints and adherence to connection conditions
  • No loss of control and information in the event of a fault
  • Avoidance of unnecessary service work

The redundancy function of the Power Plant Manager (PPM) provides extra protection to power plant operation. Two identical PPMs (featuring integrated hybrid controllers) are installed with license activation to create a redundancy function. The devices monitor each other’s operation simultaneously, with one PPM in active control mode and the other in redundant standby mode.

If there are problems with the active controller, the redundant controller automatically and smoothly takes control of the power plant in an instant.This is followed by an automatic reboot attempt to restore the redundant operating state of the PPM. If this does not work due to a physical defect, for example, a corresponding service message is generated, which lets the PV system manager know of any defective components.

A superimposed SCADA system communicates in tandem with both PPMs, which enables the operating state of the redundant PPM system to be monitored in real time.

The SMA Redundancy Connector can be connected to a redundant PPM system to link and process digital input and output signals. This ensures the safe connection of electrical signals and allows for automatic switchover to the active control system.

The redundancy function of the Power Plant Manager (PPM) provides extra protection to power plant operation

Digitally optimized service

The Power Plant Manager makes it easier to manage PV power plants, saving you time and money

The Power Plant Manager efficiently reduces maintenance costs through digital management. The simultaneous adjustment of parameters on several devices saves time during commissioning and maintenance. Software updates are carried out remotely and increase security at the power plant.

  • Manage parameters digitally
  • Save on service time and costs
  • Central interface for O&M

Bordesholm, a town is disconnected from the utility grid

Bordesholm, a town is disconnected from the utility grid - Sunny Central Storage

The town of Bordesholm is equipped with an SMA storage system. It is the first town in Germany that can be completely disconnected from the utility grid and supply itself entirely with renewable energy. In addition to a grid formation function, SMA battery inverters are equipped with a black start function, which can be used to restart the entire electricity supply after a power outage. The Power Plant Manager ensures optimal control of energy flows.

Learn more about the renewable energy supply of the northern German community Bordesholm.