Schneider Electric and MattenPlant sign MoU to advance wastewater sustainability challenges for tropical climates

Digital transformation of energy management and automation group Schneider Electric and local wastewater treatment specialist MattenPlant has joined a first-of-a-kind collaboration to incubate technology in Singapore to improve resilience of the nation’s municipal water supply and ultimately for urban centres in tropical regions around the world.

The new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) on 20 Jun 2024.

The two companies will bring their expertise in automation and water treatment to jointly identify, assess, and develop disruptive technologies to treat and recycle municipal wastewater that are fit for purpose in tropical climates.

The co-operation will also explore the implications for improving future industrial wastewater treatment — a process that currently requires significant energy consumption and produces high carbon emissions. Energy costs can reportedly account for up to 40% of total operation expenses in treatment plants.

This collaboration will integrate Aerobic Granular Sludge (AGS) technology — which is said to be a novel method of treating municipal wastewater due to its energy efficiency, smaller footprint and resource recovery potential.

Integrated with Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Automation Expert (EAE), the AGS technology creates a single digital platform for wastewater data curation, management, tracking and insights. EAE enables real-time data exchange between operational systems, improving plant efficiency across design and construction, plant operations, and ongoing maintenance.

“Their EAE platform have helped to accelerate the project schedule,” MattenPlant CEO Victor Lim said. “We are also excited about the development of application libraries which will provide resources, such as prewritten code, that will benefit similar projects in the future, including faster development cycles and more robust software.”

With Singapore’s water demand at 440 million gallons daily and expected to double by 2065, improving system efficiency is crucial for ensuring water security and climate resilience.

The collaboration will also aid local organisations in meeting new industrial water treatment requirements from national water agency PUB, aimed at enhancing water efficiency and sustainability in industries like electronics and biomedical. The new requirements will help Singapore achieve water savings of 9 million gallons daily from 2035, equivalent to 15 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

The success of this collaboration would enable both companies to leverage their global reach and platforms to export their learnings and technology worldwide.

Yoon Young Kim, cluster president, Schneider Electric, Singapore and Brunei, said, “Thoughtful attention on water resource depletion and management is critical to progress Singapore’s national sustainability agenda and anchoring it as a global hub for sustainability leadership and innovation.”

He added that this partnership with MattenPlant will create a “proven, future-ready solution for municipal and industrial water treatment for Singapore”.

“This will be important for other countries with tropical climates facing similar decarbonisation challenges, ultimately extending the impact of our joint efforts across borders,” he said. “This is the future in sustainable water management.”

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