Schneider Electric, a leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, is introducing ‘Infrastructure of the Future’, an integrated solutions suite tailored to creating smart, green infrastructure.
‘Infrastructure of the Future’ is a powerful holistic approach to power tomorrow’s businesses and economies while tackling the challenges of ongoing global urbanisation and the causes and impacts of climate change. Its integrated solutions encompass software for data-driven insights, services for enhanced operations and business continuity, solutions for electric mobility and green technologies, and programs to accelerate the energy transition.
Frederic Godemel, executive vice president for power systems and services at Schneider Electric, said: “Resilient infrastructure is a key enabler of productivity and economic development. However, climate change and rapid growth in urbanisation have made it even more crucial for governments, municipalities, public infrastructure owners, energy networks, and transport providers to make well-planned investments in smarter, greener solutions to support economic growth.
“In a time of climate change, intensifying natural disasters, and rapid urbanisation, infrastructure systems are under immense pressure to deliver resilient and reliable services. With urban environments also relying heavily on infrastructure’s ability to handle electrification of public transport, we need a green revolution in infrastructure to keep energy flowing, transport moving, and protect business and society against climate change.”
The rising number of extreme weather events around the world is a leading cause of disruption to power, water, and transport infrastructure. This disruption takes a $300 billion toll on businesses every year. Moreover, with more than six billion people projected to be living in urban areas by 2050, demand for resilient, low-carbon infrastructure is rising. Cities will need to handle mass adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), electrified public transport, and smart buildings supplied with reliable and renewable sources of energy and new microgrid technologies.
The expansion of population and growth in demand for energy will also lead to fluctuating demands and the development of energy ‘prosumers’ with self-generated power sources. This will put further stress on aging energy infrastructure, which will need to be more efficient and resilient to stay ahead of the energy transition.
Uniquely tailored for urban infrastructure, ‘Infrastructure of the Future’ comprises a set of open and interoperable software solutions that help infrastructure owners bridge progress and sustainability for all, including solutions for e-mobility, power simulation, microgrid advisors, and energy and sustainability services.