Schneider Electric invests $1.2 Million into green data centers

Schneider Electric Singapore, the global frontrunner in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has pledged an investment of SGD$1.2 million to join forces with the Sustainable Tropical Data Centre Testbed (STDCT) in Singapore. This innovative testbed, funded by the National Research Foundation and hosted at the National University of Singapore, is singularly aimed at developing green and efficient cooling solutions for data centres in tropical climates.

The testbed aims to establish operational guidelines and industry standards that could potentially lead to the commercialisation of breakthrough technologies. Schneider Electric will contribute solutions such as its Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems and will integrate its building management system, EcoStruxure Building Operations, to elevate the energy and operational efficiency of the testbed.

Yoon Young Kim, the Cluster President of Singapore and Brunei at Schneider Electric, remarked, “The burgeoning digital economy in Asia is bringing about an unprecedented demand for data centres. Yet, cooling these centres, especially in our regional climate, comes at a high cost – both financially and environmentally. As a pioneer in sustainable solutions, Schneider Electric is proud to drive the development of next-generation technologies alongside NUS and NTU to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions and pave the way for a more sustainable and efficient digital future.”

Associate Professor Lee Poh Seng, Programme Director of the STDCT, supported this sentiment. “The Sustainable Tropical Data Centre Testbed is a groundbreaking initiative that underscores our commitment to future-proofing the data centre industry in the region,” he said. By working with experienced partners like Schneider Electric who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to building sustainable solutions, we are confident that the STDCT will serve as a beacon of innovation, providing a platform for research and advancements that will not only benefit the region but the entire global data centre landscape.”

Focussing on regions like Singapore, in tropics, significant power and energy consumption is typically required to maintain controlled environments in data centres, with high costs and carbon emissions as a consequence. The testbed endeavours to pioneer green and efficient cooling solutions for data centres located in the tropics to operate optimally. The STDCT also aims to leverage proven findings from its innovative technologies to establish operating guidelines and set industry standards.

In the partnership, Schneider Electric will provide its solutions such as its Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems, fan walls, busways, and Smart Low-Voltage (LV) Panels. The STDCT will also be integrated with Schneider Electric’s next-generation building management solution, EcoStruxure Building Operations. This includes an energy management interface that allows the management team to monitor, benchmark, analyse, and adapt the testbed’s performance for increased energy and operational efficiency.

Schneider Electric is committed to empowering all to make the most of our energy and resources, bridging progress and sustainability for all. This alliance with STDCT is another step towards their mission of driving digital transformation globally whilst being a digital partner for Sustainability and Efficiency.

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