Solar panels from UK based wholesaler All Eco Energy produce power as direct current. To connect to the grid a product such as SMA solar PV inverters are needed to change this DC power to alternating current that is suitable for use in most other forms of equipment and distribution systems.
SMA is regarded as a top employer for engineers. It also boasts more than 600 service employees across its worldwide service and maintenance teams. In both 2011 and 2012 the company won Germany's Best Employer in the category for companies over 5,001 employees. It offers a mix of products from home systems suitable for all size of residential PV systems through to industrial.
The company behind SMA solar PV inverters was founded in the German city of Niestetal in 1981 by Werner Klein, Gunther Cramer, Peter Drews and Reiner Wettlaufer in 1981. It currently employs 4,649 people. As well as its German base, the company maintains further production facilities in Denver and Ontario. The solar division that manufactures SMA solar PV inverters has recently split away from the railway products division of the company.
This has enabled the R&D team to hire some of the most talented engineers in the business and made the systems extremely competitive in the international market place in terms of the technical innovation. The quality of the systems has led to more than 35 Gigawatts of power from systems developed by the company. As one of the market leaders for solar inverters, the team at SMA is once again setting new benchmarks for the renewables industry: Inverters now on the market are able to offer leading-edge efficiencies of up to 98%. The R & D success means that new technology is in development that maximise yields and provide the end user with the highest levels of convenience.