SUEZ and Schneider Electric join forces to accelerate digital services for the water sector

Schneider Electric — the company in the digital transformation of energy management and industrial automation — and SUEZ, a group in digital and circular solutions in waste and water services, announced their partnership to accelerate 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. SUEZ and Schneider Electric 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, Ecostruxure water advisor. Deployed for more than 10 years among public and private water management companies worldwide, AQUADVANCED is said to currently cover more than 1,500 networks and plants.

“By enabling real-time management of water and wastewater networks, the AQUADVANCED platform is a market leading platform throughout the lifecycle of their infrastructures and services, from design to maintenance. Our partnership combines SUEZ domain know-how and digital solutions with Schneider Electric’s 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 [a] way that Schneider Electric deliver its commitment for the water sector, which is at the core of sustainability,” said Alain Dedieu, president, water and wastewater at Schneider Electric. “Working together as one ecosystem to meet the challenges of the water and energy nexus ensures resilient water resources and decarbonised water infrastructure. Digital transformation that addresses the full water cycle is an enabler to secure a more sustainable world.”

Targeted at network and plant operators, and water resources management teams, EcoStruxure Water Advisor and AQUADVANCED are said to be unique in the market. Equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies, it processes 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 optimising water and wastewater treatment to meet regulatory compliance and environmental standards.

The new offer suite can reportedly reduce energy use by up to 30%, reduce non-revenue water (NRW) 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. The goal of SUEZ and Schneider Electric uniting is to accelerate the adoption of digital solutions with proven performance in the water industry.

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