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Schneider Electric showcases solutions for driving operational efficiencies for water sector

Water professionals need to manage, measure and control energy across multiple activities to achieve maximum performance.

At the OzWater conference and exhibition in Perth this week, Schneider Electric will demonstrate customised solutions designed to help Australian water and utility organisations better manage their operating and energy costs.

Damien McDade, National Segment Manager, Water, Wastewater at Schneider Electric said: “We understand the challenges our customers in the water sector are facing.

"As energy costs continue to increase, water utilities need to adopt more effective ways to optimise costs and minimise consumption. Organisations have a commercial incentive to save energy through efficient installations, optimised processes, monitoring and rigorous maintenance programs.

"Schneider Electric’s specialist approach to the water segment has allowed us to develop innovative, micro-segmented solutions to help maximise process efficiencies, reduce consumption and produce significant savings.

“Energy management represents five per cent of investment in water infrastructure, but makes up 30 per cent or more of the operating cost for most water utilities.  In addition, water networks and treatment plants have an extensive life cycle, during which, 70 per cent of the carbon footprint will result from the energy consumed during operations,” McDade added.

At OzWater, Schneider Electric is demonstrating EcoStruxure solutions that integrate the five key domains of power, process, IT room, building and security management.

EcoStruxure’s integrated architectures can optimise the entire water cycle from to field to enterprise, resulting in up to 30 per cent savings in operating and design costs.

EcoStruxure architecture also incorporates StruxureWare, software applications and suites, collaboratively unifying the above five domains so that users can see, measure and manage efficiency across entire facilities, at the enterprise, operations and control levels.

The solutions on display at OzWater in Perth, 7 to 9 May include:

  • Aquis – the hydraulic modelling tool delivering operational and energy savings within a water distribution network. By using live SCADA data, Aquis is transformed from a planning tool to a decision making tool, integrated in day-to-day operations – with real time, ‘what if’ simulations and economic advantages.
  • The latest medium voltage drive the Altivar 1200 –high power motor control solutions that can reduce energy consumption in water and wastewater applications. DNP Secure – the latest telemetry methodologies and protocols providing best-in-class telemetry systems.

Commencing 21 May, 2013, Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure experts are running a series of three webinars that will show how to save energy in a water facility.

Tuesday 21 May – 11:00 EST
Improving water distribution with Aquis
Bruce Mitchell – National Business Development Manager, Water, Schneider Electric

Wednesday 22 May – 11:00 EST
Utilising variable speed drives to save energy
Maria Ellis – Product Manager, Variable Speed Drives, Schneider Electric

Thursday 23 May – 11:00 EST
Robust, reliable and secure asset management
Bradley Yager – National Business Development Manager, Telemetry, Schneider Electric

Reader can register for the webinars at (Key code: 53089K).

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