Schneider Electric Emphasizes Sustainable, Digital Industrial Transformation

April 21, 2023
With Hannover Messe as its showcase, Schneider Electric unveiled several new products and services aimed at helping industrial companies manage energy use and meet net-zero commitments.
“We are at a unique moment in history, where the global goal of carbon neutrality is meeting the short-term need to mitigate the energy crisis, but it requires a mindset shift and the right tools,” said Barbara Frei, executive vice president, industrial automation at Schneider Electric. “The digitalization, automation, and electrification technologies we are showcasing at Hannover Messe are proof that solutions to the challenges we face exist here and now.”

The technologies Schneider Electric announced at the event include:

  • EcoStruxure Automation Expert v23.0: The software-centric industrial automation system now delivers software-based redundant automation for the water desalination market. Schneider Electric says this extends the EcoStruxure Automation Expert portfolio to become “the single control software platform that brings convergence across machine, hybrid and process industrial operations.” New features in v23.0 include enhanced integration with Aveva System Platform to reuse graphics from existing applications for faster system design, and a new graphical editor for procedural automation which improves operational effectiveness. This release also brings multi-OS compatibility with the EcoStruxure Automation Expert HMI and archive now available on Linux, in addition to Windows, which allows users to develop similar objects across all compatible operating systems.
  • The new Spacial SFN enclosures reportedly protect equipment in any conditions and enable faster and more flexible panel assembly with more than 1,000 possible configurations. The new enclosures are built with 35% less CO2 emissions than previous iterations through the use of decarbonized steel materials.
  • The Altivar ATV320 solar drives ensure reliable power supply for motor management with on- and off-grid compatibility and provide environmentally friendly pumping options without producing any CO2emissions. The updated system can handle more than 50% added static weight to accommodate products from across the TeSys range of motor starters and equipment.
  • GM AirSeT Performance: With this new AirSeT, Schneider Electric extends its sustainable SF6-free portfolio. This gas-insulated switchgear helps industrial customers better manage tightening F-gas regulations and eliminates the requirement for gas recycling from their installations. Based on pure air and natively digital connectivity with integrated services, Schneider Electric says GM AirSeT Performance is suitable for most energy-intensive and critical infrastructure projects.
  • Easy UPS 3-Phase Modular (50-250kW/400V) uninterruptible power supply is offered via Schneider Electric’s “pay-as-you-grow” model. It is an IEC-certified modular UPS with live swap modules that deliver Class-1 power protection and availability in a compact design for applications ranging from small and medium data centers to commercial and industrial applications.
  • PowerLogic P7 Protection Relay: This power protection and control platform is designed for complex, demanding andadvanced industrial applications to maximize operational efficiency, power availability, and electricity security. Performance and flexibility havebeen increased to deliver a modular, cybersecure and future-proof platformready for virtualization. It is adaptable for specific requirements with new application-oriented firmware and added Ethernet communication modules and I/O boards.
  • ETAP is a new electrical digital twin platform to manage the complete electrical system lifecycle—from design and engineering to operations and maintenance.
  • Aveva presented its new vision for industrial software—an agnostic and cloud-enabled platform where companies can collaborate, innovate and share data. Aveva’s digital twin—the foundation of the company’s approach to the industrial metaverse—can be used from asset design to asset optimization to drive efficiency and sustainability.
  • Schneider Electric’s new Industrial Digital Transformation Service is designed to help industrial companies accelerate their digital transformation. This includes strategies for reaching sustainability goals involving diverse energy portfolios with greener energy sources.

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