Schneider Electric releases digital economy and climate impact report

June 22 09:32 2021

The report outlines the climate implications expected from the increase in IT-sector electricity demand, and came as Schneider Electric introduced new technologies to address efficiency needs.

Boston-based Schneider Electric released a report outlining its view of how digitized and smart applications will be powered in the coming years.

The Digital Economy and Climate Impact white paper examines the key risks associated with the rise of information technology (IT) in terms of electricity consumption. 

The report predicted an IT-sector related electricity demand increase of nearly 50% by 2030. Despite this sharp increase, Schneider Electric said decarbonization efforts will limit emissions to an increase by 26% over the same period. 

The rise in edge computing was under focus in this report, which explained that these systems are expected to have lower efficiency than hyperscale data centers. 

The report echoed some of the problems proliferated by the high energy use of cryptocurrency mining, and the call for renewables to decarbonize the sector. 

Schneider Electric recommended continued efforts in achieving efficiencies on both IT and energy sides, at both component and system levels.  

Schneider Electric also introduced what it claimed to be one of the industry’s most compact 3 kW uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), dubbed the APC Smart-UPS Ultra. Schneider said the device increases power density by a factor of 2.4 times when compared to prevailing technology.  

The lithium-ion-containing UPS frees up space for edge applications, and reduces time and operational expenditure on maintenance. The use of lithium-ion batteries represents an improvement to the typical lead-acid batteries, extending the life of the storage unit to 8-10 years. 

The company said it has a flexible mounting system, allowing rack, tower, wall or ceiling positions, potentially freeing up space in IT applications. A proprietary cloud-based monitoring system, EcoStruxure, is intended to optimize performance and permits remote monitoring. 

About Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. We provide integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. In our global Ecosystem, we collaborate with the largest Partner, Integrator and Developer Community on our Open Platform to deliver real-time control and operational efficiency. We believe that great people and partners make Schneider a great company and that our commitment to Innovation, Diversity and Sustainability ensures that Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment.

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