We all love fairy tales, but when it comes to PV safety, we need to look at the facts.
Even though PV systems pose less of a fire risk than your refrigerator or tumble dryer, we have been continuously improving our standards over the last 40 years. As a result, SMA has developed and led the path to lean PV systems with intelligent software features.
With SMA, you only install the devices you need for a reliable and safe energy supply.
Discover the benefits of SMA SafeSolar here.
For more than 40 years we have been developing integrated and lean PV systems with high-quality components. Through the integration of innovative safety technologies in our inverters, we can sustain a lean PV system and therefore minimise the likelihood of malfunctions.
How you benefit from our holistic SMA SafeSolar approach:
A lean system design plays a key role in the safety of a PV system.
SMA string inverters don’t require the installation of extra hardware such as DC optimisers also referred to as module level power electronics (MLPE) devices.
The reduced component count and equipment will create a longer lasting and simpler to install and maintain system.
SMA SafeSolar advantage: PV systems with MLPE devices require 3 times as many DC connectors as those that use SME string technology. More connectors impose more risk.
String inverters have a proven history due to their established reliability, serviceability, and high efficiency.
SMA continues to make advancements in safety and efficiency with the introduction of advanced technologies and features.
SMA has taken Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) technology to a new level with SMA ArcFix. The arc fault protection feature effectively detects electric arcs and interrupts the electric circuit. The system automatically restarts if a false alarm occurs.
The future integration of SMA ArcFix into PV inverters will offer several benefits:
Inverters that are currently ArcFix compatible:
*Units manufactured prior to 1/2/2021 did not get the validation during production and therefore AFCI function cannot be enabled even after firmware update.
SMA will progressively roll out the AFCI function for other products.
SMA products undergo extensive tests and quality checks in certified test centres as early as during the development stage. This allows us to guarantee the high quality of our products and solutions and comply with all international standards.
Our quality management is certified in accordance with the internationally recognized DIN ISO 9001 standard.