Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 4 - Page 84

INTELLIGENT BRANDS // Green Technology Schneider Electric unveils EcoStruxure for Energy Access for sustainability ///////////////////////////// training, and entrepreneurship, with the desire to create a virtuous circle combining business, innovation and responsibility. Since its launch in 2009, the programme has improved life by giving access to reliable, clean and affordable energy to more than 4.6+ million households, investing in 14 start-up companies and training more than 148,000 people in more than 45 countries. Schneider Electric has unveiled its EcoStruxure for Energy Access, an affordable, flexible, open architecture and platform that improve profitability and efficiency of off- grid installations with data-driven analysis. “EcoStruxure for Energy Access is the latest addition to the offerings from Schneider Electric’s Access to Energy programme. D riven by the imperative to offer better quality of life to people living in remote areas and to promote sustainable agriculture, the number of microgrid projects is growing fast. Schneider Electric, a leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, helps communities maximise efficiency and profitability thanks to EcoStruxure for Energy Access, a comprehensive metering, analytics and reporting solution for microgrid projects. Providing sustainable, reliable, green and safe energy access for all One in seven people in the world still lack access to electricity, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. In its Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) #7, the UN set the objective for 2030 to ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services while increasing the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. This would involve 84 INTELLIGENTCIO improving energy efficiency and enhancing international cooperation to facilitate more open access to clean energy technology and investment in clean energy infrastructure. EcoStruxure for Energy Access software platform guarantees microgrid efficiency Schneider Electric is actively engaged to accomplish the 17 SDGs through its core business and its five sustainability megatrends: climate, circular economy, ethics, health and equity, and development. “At Schneider Electric, our role is to make sure that ‘Life is On’ for everyone, everywhere, at every moment. As such, sustainability is at the heart of our company strategy,” said Gilles Vermot Desroches, Sustainability Senior Vice President at Schneider Electric. Through its Access to Energy programme, Schneider Electric wants to play a major role in helping underprivileged people gain access to electricity. The group is involved in three specific areas: investment, offer and “It will scale-up sustainable off-grid electrification thanks to its simple, flexible and open architecture and its easy-to-access analytics and reporting,” detailed Gilles Vermot Desroches. The potential is huge and Schneider Electric has already installed 350+ picogrids (<4kWp) and 600+ microgrids in off-grid areas worldwide, equivalent to 23,5+ MWp over the past four years. Building on Schneider Electric’s Villaya range of affordable solar products including lanterns, street lights, water pumps and home systems, EcoStruxure for Energy Access introduces EcoStruxure Energy Access Advisor and EcoStruxure Energy Access Expert to: • Monitor site performance and report household load balance and energy credit in real time, while giving trend data to improve operational efficiency • Allow scalability and evolution of pico- grids, up-selling of relevant offers and customisation of business models as the amount of available energy grows. n