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Schneider’s green polar station

Schneider Electric provides the electrical distribution and building utilities management for Princess Elisabeth, the first “Zero Emission” scientific research station.

The station was presented by Schneider Electric and the International Polar Foundation (IPF) in Brussels, before its installation in the Antarctic. It will exclusively use renewable energy: solar — via photovoltaic panels — and wind power. This process avoids all emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases.

Schneider Electric’s offer of energy services, solutions and products actively help to reduce CO2 emissions. In this way, 50,000 metric tons of CO2 are economised every year in the framework of contracts managed by the Building Automation Business Unit.

“For Schneider Electric, participating in the extraordinary adventure of the Princess Elisabeth Antartica research station is a highly significant action. Alongside the International Polar Foundation, we share the same values — environmental responsibility, concern for the planet and the absolute need to reduce CO2 emissions.

“This is the first time that our products will encounter such extreme conditions, with temperatures of -40°C and under remote control for four months of the year”, explains Jean-Pascal Tricoire, President and CEO of Schneider Electric.

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