The new turnkey solution for intelligent plant control, the Power Plant Manager is SMA’s next generation controller for hybrid systems. Based on the SMA energy management platform Sunny Portal powered by ennexOS, the Power Plant Manager monitors, optimises, controls and visualises energy generation, and also enables the integration of large battery-storage systems and other decentralised energy generators into the overall system. With the Power Plant Manager, SMA also ensures large-scale PV and hybrid power plants meet the requirements of future energy markets such as virtual power plants.
“With the new SMA Power Plant Manager, renewable power plants are prepared for the requirements for decentralised and hybrid energy generation,” said Dr. Andreas Paetzold, Platform Product Manager at SMA. “The Power Plant Manager is responsible for the entire power and energy management for PV power plants with or without a battery-storage system, for grid-coupled mass storage devices, PV diesel systems and complete microgrids. Together with grid-forming battery inverters from SMA, even conventional PV power plant functions such as black start, automatic grid synchronisation as well as a backup power supply can be provided.”
“We are very excited to launch the next generation controller for PV, storage and hybrid power plants, the new SMA Power Plant Manager in Australia. ” said Joshua Birmingham, Director Project Sales at SMA Australia. “The Power Plant Manager is well suited to the Australian market, where many power plants are now incorporating varying levels of different components such as battery-storage and hybrid energy sources.”
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The SMA Power Plant Manager visualises all current and historical energy flows of the system at power plant and device level. The system-wide access to operating data and parameters saves time during commissioning and maintenance. Operators can also keep track of the efficiency of the complete energy system in Sunny Portal, the professional monitoring portal by SMA. Regular software updates – installed automatically upon request – provide new functions and ensure the safe operation of the plant.
The new SMA Power Plant Manager controls energy generation, storage and consumption with regards to the point of interconnection. As a result, power plant operators ensure that the requirements by the grid operators and energy market regulators for the remote controllability, grid feed-in and load control as well as grid stabilisation through voltage and frequency control are always met.
The SMA Power Plant Manager is now available in Australia.
All information on the SMA Power Plant Manager can be found on the SMA Australia website.
As a leading global specialist in photovoltaic system technology, the SMA Group is setting the standards today for the decentralized and renewable energy supply of tomorrow. SMA’s portfolio contains a wide range of efficient PV inverters, holistic system solutions for PV systems of all power classes, intelligent energy management systems and battery-storage solutions as well as complete solutions for PV diesel hybrid applications. Digital energy services as well as extensive services up to and including operation and maintenance services for PV power plants round off SMA’s range. SMA inverters with a total output of 85 gigawatts have been installed in more than 190 countries worldwide. SMA’s multi-award-winning technology is protected by approximately 1,500 patents and utility models. 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 listed in the SDAX index.
SMA has had a presence in Australia for over 20 years and offers solutions for centralised and decentralised PV power plants as well as for residential PV applications and PV hybrid projects. The local team consists of over 60 skilled engineering, sales, marketing and service staff to offer the best solutions for home, business and large-scale applications. Our experts provide support with planning and design, engineering and project management as well as installation and commissioning. SMA Australia has sales personnel across the country and a strong product distribution network with national coverage. SMA strives for improvement with regularly hosting customer training events, managing service requests and responding to technical enquiries.
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