SMA presents new central inverter at REI

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At Renewable Energy India Expo 2018, German-based inverter giant SMA announced the release of its latest central inverter, Sunny Central UP. At a capacity rating of 4.6 MW, the company touts that it is the world’s most powerful central inverter, and has made a 50% leap in power compared to the capacity of SMA’s previous top of the range central inverter.

Furthermore, the inverter works with 1,500 V DC voltage and has the capability for connected storage systems, on the AC and the DC side, or both at the same time, depending on system layout. To this end, the inverter has a fully integrated hardware and software solution, rendering installation of battery storage systems easy without the need for additional componentry.

“With the new Sunny Central UP, SMA is helping to create a situation where the share of electricity from photovoltaics will play a central role in the future energy supply,” said Boris Wolff, executive vice president of the Utility business unit at SMA. “Sustainable and efficient PV power plant solutions from SMA with the new Sunny Central UP offer EPC companies, operators and investors higher energy yields and more flexibility in implementing projects and considerably lower the operating costs in large PV power plant projects.”

Additionally, the inverter fulfills a range of safety standard protocols, to comply with all international requirements. For example, the inverter is certified by the IEE standard 2030 and UL standard 2900-2-2, which reportedly underscores the inverters high cybersecurity standard. According to SMA the inverter is ready for ordering following its release at REI 2018.