SMA Has Sold Over One Million Sunny Boy TL Inverters Worldwide

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In June 2015, SMA Solar Technology (SMA) sold the one-millionth PV inverter in the Sunny Boy TL product family. That makes the Sunny Boy one of the world's best-selling inverters in its class. Its total installed output - over four gigawatts - is enough to replace four typical nuclear power plants.

Launched in 2008 as "Perfection Plus. Usability", the Sunny Boy 3000 to 7700TL remains one of the most popular SMA inverters worldwide. The standard application for this device is a single-family home whose owner is interested in having a solar energy supply. Product Manager Detlev Tschimpke, who oversaw the market launch in 2008, remembered, "It was the first inverter with an integrated global selection system. You can easily configure the right settings for a particular country by simply turning a rotary switch."

The Sunny Boy, which won both the Intersolar Award and the iF product design award, has continued to evolve in response to new and changing market conditions. "Product versions for Japan and the U.S., for example, have an integrated backup power function that continues to supply solar power to small household appliances such as refrigerators, electric kettles and cell phone or tablet chargers during daytime power outages," said Tschimpke. Other key technological innovations include a wider voltage range, higher efficiency, the SMA OptiTrac Global Peak shade management system and the SUNCLIX DC plug-in system for simple, virtually tool-free connections. "Today, the core technology issues focus on state-of-the-art communications and the compact design," said Tschimpke. "We are thus keeping the Sunny Boy on the international path to success for the solar energy transition."

An interview with Detlev Tschimpke and his Colleagues Wilfried Vogt and Klaus Wenig can be found on our corporate blog at


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