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Smartflower

smartflower installations by Pfister Energy

The smart, simple & stunning solar system

Smartflower is the next level of solar energy with smart features that make it up to 40% more energy efficient. Its can’t-miss design makes Smartflower the perfect way to generate clean energy while showing your customers and community what a forward-thinking enterprise looks like. Pfister Energy provides complete assessment, installation and maintenance of the Smartflower.

Pfister Energy is a Smartflower Solar™ certified technician and can provide a free site assessment which includes a shading analysis. Our design-build experts will help take care of the entire Smartflower installation; from placement, operational programming and connections to the building’s distribution. We will handle all the necessary permitting & warranty applications for your location. We will also provide all the maintenance明升体育 that is required.

“The smartflower at the University of Applied Sciences Kufstein (FH Kufstein), also known as the ‘FH smartflower’, fulfills multiple purposes for the University. The power generated from the FH smartflower is fed into the school’s electrical grid and is also used as a tool for teaching in the discipline of applied energy data management. Its location in the city park makes it not only an eye catcher for employees and tourists, but also a catalyst for conversation about photovoltaics between students of all disciplines and their peers in the energy management program.”

FH Kufstein, Prof. Dr. Georg Konrad, Austria
FH Kufstein, Prof. Dr. Georg Konrad, AustriaUniversity of Applied Sciences Kufstein

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the smartflower more efficient than other forms of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation?

明升体育A: For three reasons.

First, the SmartFlower tracks the sun from dawn to dusk, ensuring that its solar panels are always
at a 90-degree angle to the sun, optimizing the radiation it receives, unlike most other solar
setups. SmartFlower does this through a specially designed algorithm using the specific longitude
and latitude of the site where it is installed. This precise tracking can increase productivity by
as much as 40%.

Second, the SmartFlower’s unique design allows for natural cooling of its solar panels. Rather than
positioning the panels close to a roof or the ground, SmartFlower’s panels are elevated and
naturally cooled by the air that passes behind each of its panels throughout the day. This natural
cooling can increase each panel’s productivity by as much as 10%, depending on the region in which
the SmartFlower is installed.

Third, the SmartFlower automatically self-cleans its panels every morning and every evening. Each
panel cleans the panel beneath it whenever the SmartFlower opens or closes using a long brush on
its outer under edge. This allows the SmartFlower to avoid the loss in production that typically
occurs with other solar PV devices, which naturally become dirty over time. This automatic cleaning
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1-2%.

How much electricity does the smartflower produce?

明升体育A: The best measurement of productivity is the kilowatt hour, usually shown as kWh. SmartFlower typically produces anywhere from 4,000 to over 6,200 kWh per year depending on where it is located. Particularly sunny climates, like the Arizona desert cities, will produce at the top of the range. More temperate climates with fewer sunny days like in the Midwest or Northeast will most likely produce in the lower half of that range.

For those customers who are focused on entirely meeting meet their electricity requirements from a renewable source they control, the best approach is to use several Smartflowers or to pair Smartflowers with other renewable energy generators, like a wind turbine, or geothermal, or even rooftop or ground mount solar panels.

Is the electricity from the Smartflower enough to power a home or business?

A: In the United States and Canada, most homes consume more electricity in a year than
can be produced by one Smartflower or the typical rooftop system. The same is certainly true for
most American and Canadian businesses. For most homes and businesses, which are already connected
to the grid, a solar system serves to reduce, not eliminate, the customer’s reliance on the grid.
For those customers who are focused on entirely meeting their electricity requirements from a
renewable source they control, the best approach is to use several Smartflowers or to pair
Smartflower with other renewable energy generators, like a wind turbine, geothermal energy, or even
rooftop or ground- mounted solar panels. One Smartflower may, however, provide more than enough
energy to power a cabin, cottage, or a tiny house.

One Smartflower may well also provide enough electricity to power a remote agricultural watering
station, a highway rest stop, an electric bike recharger, or a myriad other uses that do not have
heavy energy needs. For all these customers, their limited energy
requirements can be fully satisfied by the SmartFlower.

Is Smartflower EV Compatible?

Smartflower can be used to charge electric vehicles thanks to easy integration with external EV charging stations. For organizations and companies, EV charging capacity is your  “green business card,” and is perfect for public spaces, shopping centers, hotels, restaurants, small businesses, and more.

How can I have the smartflower installed?

Contact Pfister Energy for a free site assessment which will include a shading analysis. Our design-build experts will help take care of the entire smartflower installation; from placement, operational programming and connections to the building’s distribution. We will handle all the necessary permitting and warranty applications for your location. Pfister Energy will also provide all the maintenance that is required every 2 years.

How does the owner know how much energy the smartflower is producing?

明升体育At the moment, energy production is determined by reviewing the information provided by the control box inside the smartflower. Within the next few months all smartflowers will be upgraded to allow for remote monitoring. That means, using a smartphone/tablet, the owner and/or the dealer may determine the energy production and whether there are any problems from virtually anywhere in the world.

How much area is needed for the smartflower to operate effectively and safely?

  • Effective operation will be determined by your installer. They will perform a site assessment that includes a shading analysis, which is key to determining whether nearby trees or buildings might cast shade on the smartflower at some point during the day. Since each site is different, there is no definitive answer, but of course the more unblocked or unshaded access to the sunlight, the better.
  • At a minimum, for installation and safety, the smartflower must have a clear area of 16 feet around it.

What happens to the smartflower in extreme weather conditions, such as hail, heavy snow and cold or desert heat?

  • The smartflower has been tested to confirm full operation at temperatures as hot as 104 degrees Farenheit and as cold as -4 degrees Farenheit. At extreme temperatures outside of that wide range, the smartflower may have some diminished operation but should not be permanently harmed.
  • The smartflower has been tested under significant hail conditions and easily passed the test.
  • In heavy wind conditions, the smartflower is designed to protect itself before there is a problem. If winds reach 30 mph, the smartflower panels move automatically into horizontal position (Safety Position 1) to allow the wind to pass over and under the panels but remain open to continue producing energy. If the winds increase to 39 mph or higher the panels automatically fold up and down into secure position (Safety Position 2). And so long as the smartflower has been properly installed, it should remain secure in its closed position, even in hurricane level winds.
  • The smartflower’s tracking movement over the course of the day and self cleaning gives it the special advantage of automatically removing snow before it builds up. If there is a very heavy snow that builds up during the night while the smartflower is closed, it may be necessary to remove the snow in front of the closed unit before the panels begin to open in the morning.

What maintenance is required for the smartflower and can the customer do it?

Pfister Energy will provide all the maintenance that is required every 2 years—this is mandatory to preserve the warranty from SFNA. It typically involves no more than lubrication of certain moving parts, checking to ensure all connections are secure, and upgrading the system software as necessary.

What are the warranties on the smartflower?

  • SFNA offers a 5-year limited warranty, provided that the every 2 years maintenance is performed as specified. For the first 2 years of that limited warranty, SFNA covers parts that needs repair or replacement as well as the associated service costs. For the following 3 years, the limited warranty covers the cost of parts that needs to be repaired or replaced, but not the associated service costs.
  • In addition, SFNA passes along to the customer the limited warranties provided by the manufacturers of the key components. That includes a 5 year limited warranty on the tracking device, a 10 year limited warranty on the inverter and a 25 year limited performance warranty on the solar panels. The specific terms of these warranties are available upon request.

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