Safe and stable grids

SMA Grid Forming Solutions

As energy industries worldwide make the rapid transition to clean, renewable energy to power large utility grids, SMA provides pivotal Grid Forming solutions, a fundamental technology to help enable the safety, stability, and efficiency needed by grids and energy plants.

SMA Grid Forming Solutions - Safe and stable grids



Energy storage plants with SMA Grid Forming Solution provide inverter-based inertia and thereby ensure that the power system is robust and secure during disturbances.

System Strength

SMA Grid Forming adds system strength and short-circuit ratios, thus enabling a resilient power system with high power quality. This enables even higher levels of renewable generation and ensures reliable transport of energy.

System restoration

Energy storage plants with SMA Grid Forming Solution can initiate a decentralized “black start” of its local grid, rapidly and safely. Market models are evolving to enable monetization for this crucial capability.

Grid Booster

Grid booster systems for large-scale energy storage plants are placed at strategic locations in the transmission grid. They add flexibility to existing transmission systems and relieve constraints while reducing the need for costly redispatch measures.


Enables reliable cross-continental energy exchange

Reduces the need for network reinforcement and redispatch measures

Provides stable grids powered by 100% clean energy

Guaranteed security of supply

The system in detail

The SMA Grid Forming solution enables multiple applications

  • Battery inverters

    SMA battery inverters are responsible for charging and discharging the battery at the right time, to the right level and with the highest efficiency. They are also responsible for all grid services on inverter-level used for off-grid and on-grid applications within SMA Grid Forming Solutions.

  • Batteries

    Our Engineering Service team offers design support to help you find the right battery capacity and power for your needs.

  • Power Plant Manager

    The SMA Power Plant Manager is the integrated solution for reliable system control, monitoring and central device management. Together with SMA’s leading inverter technology and comprehensive Engineering Services, it ensures precise performance over the plant’s lifetime. Additionally, it provides flexible interfaces for grid integration and energy market participation.

  • SMA Monitoring

    Enables easy and efficient online monitoring of your SMA Large Scale Energy Solution​.

Grid Forming Cases

West Murray, Australia

SMA solution secures energy yields

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has finally lifted the generation caps imposed on five PV farms with a total output of more than 350 MWp in West Murray, a region that stretches across Victoria and New South Wales. And this is all thanks to an innovative control software from SMA. 

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Bordesholm, Germany

A city with balanced energy – on and off grid

With a large-scale battery storage system, the public utility company Versorgungsbetriebe Bordesholm in northern Germany is able to supply the European utility grid with balancing energy – a lucrative business model.

The battery storage system is considered one of the most state-of-the-art balancing energy power plants in the world.

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St. Eustatius, Caribbean

Large-Scale Island Electrification

Today, solar energy covers 46% of St. Eustatius’ total electricity need. Grid Forming inverters allow to operate the island grid for 10.5 hours in Diesel Off-Mode operation with 100% Solar Power Fraction. In total a 5.9MWh Li-Ion storage facility has been integrated for energy shifting and grid services. Thanks to the SMA Fuel Solution about 4,560 tons CO2 per year can be saved.

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