Schneider Electric and Digital Realty Partner to Undertake Data Center Circular Economy Initiative

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ByCraig Resnick
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Schneider Electric has partnered with Digital Realty, a global provider of cloud and carrier-neutral data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, to deliver data center circular economy initiatives at its Paris 5 (PAR5) data center.

Data Center Circular Economy

The project aims to help prolong and maintain the life of the mission-critical systems at PAR5, including its Schneider Electric Low Voltage (LV) and Medium-Voltage (MV) electrical equipment, switchgear, and three-phase uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), in line with Digital Realty’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) commitments.

This includes the ability to reuse key pieces of its electrical infrastructure and components, while initiating new take-back, recycle and refurbish programs to help reduce the company’s e-waste, its upstream/downstream Scope 3 emissions and removing the use of harmful Greenhouse Gases (GHGs), such as SF6. Additionally, this initiative, which includes a plan to undertake a battery rejuvenation assessment to help extend the lifecycle of its VRLA UPS batteries will adhere to key circular economy principles. Overall, the ambition is to create a roadmap that enables Digital Realty to replicate, deploy, and scale-up its circularity initiatives across all sites in Europe.

Over the next 3-5 years, the circularity project is expected to help Digital Realty save and avoid 50%-70% of the embodied carbon within its LV, MV and three-phase UPS equipment. Further, the progressive replacement of all its SM6 systems, alongside the recycling of SF6 gas, will help reduce scope 3 emissions across its entire site, while prolonging its equipment lifecycle and enabling Digital Realty to help improve its environmental impact considerably.

In its first few months, the circularity project has delivered 3.7 tons of CO2 savings as a result of modernization, refurbishments, and replacements to its UPS equipment. Further emissions savings are also expected through deployment of Schneider Electric’s SM AirSeT, SF6-free MV switchgear, which uses established air and vacuum technology to provide data center operators with increased sustainability, efficiency, and enhanced electrical safety.

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