Sustainable development reaches new heights
Schneider Electric and its Foundation surmount the challenge of high-altitude energy management
Perched a breathtaking 3,835 metres
Energy-management solutions with altitude
EcoStruxure™ architecture was deployed to monitor and control the production of energy from each source as well as the energy consumption of each application. The energy‑generation system comprises solar panels, a Schneider Electric Xantrex™
The technical challenges were enormous. The site is subject to dangerous conditions – winds that surpass 300 km/h, very low temperatures, and extreme isolation. In fact, the location is inaccessible for half the year, making remote monitoring and control the only way to ensure that, come spring, personnel don’t get a nasty surprise, arriving at a frozen, powerless refuge.
Low atmospheric pressure posed another challenge, impairing both equipment efficiency and human cognitive function. The first issue was solved by oversizing the power system, while overcoming the second required meticulous planning and rigorous safety procedures.
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