How to improve the environmental footprint and total cost of a future inverter offering?
The market for electrical protection of data centers and control of their consumption is growing rapidly. In order to support this growth, Schneider Electric is developing new, denser and more energy-efficient offers. In particular, the brand is currently working on the replacement of its high power offer for the UPS market, in the 1500kVA range.
Improving the environmental footprint is at the heart of Schneider Electric’s strategy. It influences the evolution of its technical development. It is not always easy for such global projects to control the full cost, in a changing geopolitical context. IAC’s expertise allows to support development teams in this sense, and also to accelerate the acquisition of knowledge and techniques to assess more quickly and efficiently the CO2 footprint of products.
In order to evaluate the total cost of this new UPS offer, a breakdown of the different costs has been made.
Starting with the global cost of the product by looking at M, L, O then by the costs of transport, installation, start-up but also the costs of maintenance over the life of the product and the costs of Services. This global cost was evaluated in euros spent by Schneider but also in grams of CO2 emitted from the manufacturing to the final use of the UPS.
The optimization of these costs was done through recommendations elaborated with crossfunctional worldwide WorkShops (US, China, India, Denmark and France teams).
In this way, we can cite 3 examples of deliverables:
- the definition of a product technology roadmap to reduce maintenance costs (propose remote with BlackBox)
- the proposal of different MFO scenarios that form trade-offs between reducing supply costs and increasing the robustness of the BCP.
- a tool to evaluate the CO2 footprint of the product
This collaboration with Schneider Electric was a success and the satisfaction of both parties is undeniable. We hope to collaborate again in the future.
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