Schneider Electric, Suez look to address water scarcity through digital

Schneider Electric and SUEZ recently announced they are joining forces to accelerate the deployment of digital solutions for energy efficiency, resource conservation and the control of carbon impact of water cycle management systems.  

An estimated two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas by 2025. The companies say they intend to help meet the challenges of water scarcity through the deployment of better performing and more resilient water cycle infrastructures.  

Under an international agreement, Schneider Electric will integrate SUEZ’s digital AQUADVANCED range of products into its water cycle management software, EcostruxureTM Water Advisor. Deployed for more than 10 years among public and private water management companies worldwide, Suez says AQUADVANCED currently covers more than 1,500 networks and plants.  

“Our partnership combines SUEZ unique domain know-how and leading digital solutions with Schneider Electric’s global integration capabilities to rollout AQUADVANCED globally and speed up the market penetration,” said Patricia Villoslada, Senior Vice President Digital Solutions at SUEZ. 

“This agreement is one of the ways that Schneider Electric is delivering on its commitment to the sustainable development of the world, especially for the water sector, which is at the core of the sustainability concerns of most countries and industries,” added Alain Dedieu, President, Water and Wastewater at Schneider Electric.

Targeted at network and plant operators, and water resources management teams, the combination of EcoStruxure Water Advisor and AQUADVANCED is unique in the market, the companies say. Equipped with innovative artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, it integrates and processes thousands of data points in real time, enabling the monitoring and proactive management of water treatment infrastructure at all stages of the water cycle: detecting leaks and pollution, controlling the impact of extreme climate events, such as floods and droughts, securing supplies at best cost and optimizing water and wastewater treatment to meet regulatory compliance and environmental standards.  

Suez and Schnieder Electric say the new suite can reduce energy use by up to 30%, reduce non-revenue water by 15% and protect the quality of host environments by cutting in half the volumes of wastewater discharged. It can also provide up to 25% reduction in operational costs and the digital twin solution can provide up to 20% reduction in the total cost of ownership.

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