Schneider Electric, in collaboration with Aeven, has implemented a project to stabilize the Danish electricity grid. Aeven was spun off from the NNIT group and has three decades of experience in the digital infrastructure sector. The Danish grid authorities are having difficulty stabilizing electricity supplies due to the transition to renewable energy and the political situation. Energinet has developed a Fast Frequency Reserve (FFR) pool to support the network with frequency stabilization services.
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Rueil-Malmaison, France, Sept. 15 -- Schneider Electric issued the following news release:
- The very energy-efficient UPS Galaxy VX and the EcoStruxure software from Schneider Electric were crucial to the success.
Schneider Electric, the leading provider of digital transformation of energy management and automation, has implemented a project to stabilize the Danish power grid in collaboration with Aeven, a provider of adaptive digital and data center solutions.
Aeven was recently spun off from the NNIT group and has three decades of experience in the digital infrastructure sector. Headquartered in Denmark with offices in the Philippines and the Czech Republic, Aeven provides secure digital and data center services to customers in the public sector, AI, life sciences and financial sectors.
Stabilizing the electricity supply in Denmark
Due to the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy and the tense political situation, the Danish grid authorities have been struggling to stabilize electricity supplies for some time. Parts of the Danish network are experiencing a sharp increase in peak demand, which has prompted authorities to turn to large energy consumers to find a solution. Energinet, the Danish transmission system operator (TSO), then developed a Fast Frequency Reserve (FFR) pool, allowing data centers and other energy-intensive industries to support the grid with frequency stabilization services.
The first solution of its kind in Denmark
In 2022, Aeven experts provided 1 megawatt (MW) of power from one of their Danish data centers to support this important project. After acquiring the Galaxy VX UPS from Schneider Electric in 2017, Aeven leveraged the patented eConversion technology and cloud-based grid management software EcoStruxure Microgrid Advisor to work with Schneider Electric's R&D department in Kolding and service team in Paris to create a dedicated Develop FFR solution.
The project took a total of 12 months of testing and validation to go live and significantly improved the energy efficiency of Aeven's existing pool of Galaxy VX UPSs. By using the eConversion operating mode, which offers up to 99 percent efficiency without compromising availability, Aeven was able to reduce the energy consumption of its UPS systems by 68 percent per year without compromising the stability of the data center.
Going forward, Aeven plans to incorporate the multi-MW energy capabilities of additional data centers into the project - demonstrating the important role the industry can play in generating renewable energy and building a more sustainable and resilient future. Aeven's FFR solution was recently recognized as a "Sustainable Data Center Project" at the Danish Data Center Industry Awards as it represents a climate-friendly future and helps solve one of Denmark's biggest challenges. The project was also nominated for the Danish Chamber of Commerce's annual award, which recognizes digital actions that benefit society.
“Innovation is an important part of Aeven’s corporate philosophy, but to drive this forward successfully, we need to work with like-minded partners who understand each other’s business,” says Peter Kristian Soegaard, Data Center Manager at Aeven. “Schneider Electric knows that sustainability and resiliency must go hand in hand. This project allowed us to work together to create a national first. Because we use innovations to stabilize the power grid and at the same time make a positive contribution to environmental protection.”
“We see it as our responsibility to support our customers as a partner for sustainability and efficiency. Through our relentless pursuit of sustainable innovation, Aeven and Schneider have achieved something groundbreaking for the Danish industry,” says Marc Garner, SVP, Secure Power Division, Schneider Electric, Europe. “By listening to the needs of local energy suppliers and working closely with Aeven, we have helped create a solution that, when deployed on a large scale, can be beneficial not only in Denmark, but worldwide.”
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