Schneider Electric has delivered a stabilisation project to support the Danish power grid in collaboration with Aeven, a provider of adaptive digital and data centre solutions.
The initiative responds to the pressing need for grid stability, as Denmark increasingly relies on renewable energy sources, all while facing a challenging macroeconomic landscape. Parts of Denmark's grid are struggling with a significant increase in peak demand, resulting in authorities turning to large-scale energy consumers to provide short and long-term relief. In response the Danish Transmission System Operator, Energinet, developed a Fast Frequency Reserve (FFR) pool. This is where data centres and other energy-intensive industries can support the grid with frequency stabilisation services.
Stabilising the local energy grid
Schneider Electric and Aeven have customised a UPS solution to deliver a Fast Frequency Reserve pool. By working with Schneider Electric’s research and development team in Kolding and its Services counterparts in Paris, Aeven built a customised Galaxy VX uninterruptible power supply (UPS) solution to deliver FFR and stabilise the local energy grid.
Aeven is planning to expand the scope to include multi-MW power capabilities from more of its data centres, demonstrating the significant value that the industry can play in generating renewable energy and in building a more sustainable and resilient future.
Benefitting communities globally
“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,” said Marc Garner, SVP, Secure Power Division, Schneider Electric, Europe. “By listening to the needs of the local energy suppliers, and closely collaborating with Aeven, we’ve helped create a solution which, if adopted at-scale, can benefit communities not only in Denmark, but globally.”
“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 Soegaard, 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 stabilize the grid and make a positive difference to the environment.”