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Schneider Electric and MattenPlant Sign Milestone MOU in Singapore to Advance Wastewater Sustainability Challenges for Tropical Climates

Singapore, 20 June 2024 - Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced a first-of-a-kind collaboration with Singapore-based wastewater treatment specialist, MattenPlant, to incubate technology in Singapore to improve the sustainability and future resilience of the nation’s municipal water supply and, ultimately, for urban centres in tropical regions around the world.

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.

Under a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the two companies will bring together their local and global expertise in automation and water treatment to jointly identify, assess, and develop disruptive technologies to more efficiently 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 account for up to 40% of total operation expenses in treatment plants.

A vital area of collaboration will be the integration of Aerobic Granular Sludge (AGS) technology, a novel method of treating municipal wastewater due to its energy efficiency, smaller footprint and resource recovery potential, with Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Automation Expert (EAE), creating a single, digital platform for wastewater data curation, management, tracking and insights. EcoStruxure Automation Expert enables real-time data exchange between operational systems, improving plant efficiency across all areas, including design and construction, plant operations, and on-going maintenance.

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, “The interconnectedness between sustainability and resilience cannot be ignored. 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.

This can only be achieved with data-driven insights from technology, coupled with deep expertise, and why our partnership with MattenPlant is so significant. By working together, we are creating 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. This is the future in sustainable water management.”

Victor Lim, CEO, MattenPlant said, “We are delighted to work closely with Schneider Electric. Their EcoStruxure Automation Expert platform and stellar technical support have helped to accelerate the project schedule. We are also excited about the development of application libraries which will provide resources, such as pre-written code, that will ultimately benefit similar projects in the future, including faster development cycles and more robust software.”

The collaboration will also aid local organisations in meeting new industrial water treatment requirements, from Singapore’s Public Utilities Board (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.

SOURCE: Schneider Electric


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