SMA integrated storage model

SMA Solar Technology, the world’s largest PV inverter manufacturer, has launched a mass-produced model with a lithium-ion battery in Germany.

The wall-mountable device, called Sunny Boy Smart Energy, has an integrated battery that can store about 2kWh of electricity generated from the sun.

It is aimed at boosting self-consumption levels in Germany. The world’s solar leader, with more than 35GW, has a small but rapidly rising PV storage market.

“When combined with the Sunny Home Manager, self-sufficiency quotas of 50% are common on an annual average basis," says SMA product manager Thomas Thierschmidt.