Schneider Electric pioneering Danish grid sustainability

Data centre operator Aeven has partnered with Schneider Electric to pioneer Denmark’s first grid stabilisation solution, ensuring greater resilience

Schneider Electric has delivered a stabilisation project to support the Danish power grid in collaboration with adaptive digital and data centre solutions provider Aeven.

Headquartered in Denmark, Aeven has a presence in the Philippines and the Czech Republic, providing robust and secure digital and data centre services for customers across the public sector, AI and life sciences, and regulated markets such as finance. 

How Schneider Electric and Aeven are stabilising the Danish power grid

Due to the topography of Denmark, parts of the country’s grid are struggling with a significant increase in peak demand, with large-scale energy consumers providing short and long-term relief to support it.

As a result, Energinet - the Danish Transmission System Operator - developed a Fast Frequency Reserve (FFR) pool, whereby data centres and other energy-intensive industries could support the grid with frequency stabilisation services. By working with Schneider Electric’s research and development team and its Services counterparts, Aeven built a customised Galaxy VX uninterruptible power supply (UPS) solution to deliver FFR and stabilise the local energy grid.

In 2022, Aeven committed one megawatt of capacity from one of its Danish data centres to support the project and since has reduced energy waste in the UPS by 68% per year, without sacrificing the data centre’s stability.

Sustainable innovation 

Looking forward, Aeven is planning to expand the scope to include multi-MW power capabilities from more of its data centres.

“Innovation is a critical part of Aeven’s ethos, but to innovate successfully, we must collaborate with like-minded partners, where there’s a mutual understanding of each other’s businesses,” said Peter Kristian Søgaard, Data Centre Manager for Aeven. “Schneider Electric understands the need for sustainability and resiliency to go hand-in-hand. This project has enabled us to work together to create a national first, using innovation to help stabilise the grid and make a positive difference to the environment.” 

Marc Garner, SVP, Secure Power Division, Schneider Electric, Europe, added: “As a business, our mission is to be our customers’ partner for sustainability and efficiency, and through a relentless pursuit of sustainable innovation, Aeven and Schneider have achieved something ground-breaking for the Danish industry.”

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