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The project aims to turn the island into the first fossil-fuel-free European territory.

Schneider Electric technology has been selected to support Madeira’s electricity company in the Sustainable Porto Santo project.

Barcelona, January 2nd, 2019 – Schneider Electric, a forerunner of the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has been selected by Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira S.A. (EEM) to develop and implement innovative solutions for the electricity grid on the island of Porto Santo. The purpose of the Sustainable Porto Santo project, which is already underway, is to turn the island into the first fossil-fuel-free European territory with close to zero CO2 emissions, in a strategy that aims to guarantee the environmental sustainability of the island in the medium to long term future.
The determining factors for choosing Schneider Electric as a partner in this project, after an international tender, were their experience and international recognition, specifically with regards to their smart metering and smart grid solutions, the recognition of its comprehensive technical solutions, and a global structure enabling the project to be implemented in the scheduled time frame. These factors are in line with the expectations and needs presented by EEM:
Development of a smart electricity grid for the island of Porto Santo, providing it with greater visibility;
Customer service provision without the need for the technical crew or customer to be on-site;
Monthly invoicing based on the real value of energy consumed, eliminating estimated bills and on-site meter reading;
Improved grid operability, optimizing energy efficiency and reducing energy consumption;
Monitoring, logging, storing and processing all the electrical quantities and contingencies at the entry to customer facilities;
Increased penetration of renewables in the grid and in its management.
The commitment of EEM to Schneider Electric Smart Grid and Smart Metering solutions, implemented in collaboration with Construção e Manutenção Electromecânica, S.A., will provide Porto Santo with a smart solution for the grid, guaranteeing a high level of efficiency. This solution will be based on EcoStruxure Grid - Schneider Electric integrated architecture - which groups together the following aspects, among others:
Low and medium voltage sensors;
The innovative automated smart grids solution, Easergy T300;
Two data centers (one for telecommunications and another for processes);
Smart meters and the AMI/MDM system, which will be fully integrated with the current EEM corporate management systems.
This solution will enable the implementation of advanced monitoring, control, and automation functions, and will apply cutting-edge communication technology for local and remote operations. These factors will minimize interruptions to supply, optimize grid performance, and reduce operating costs on the island.
“In a project of this importance and with these requirements, it’s crucial to choose a partner who guarantees a turnkey solution, implementing innovative technologies that can be fully integrated into our current technology, and who meets our needs regarding grid modernization and optimization, ensuring greater and easier integration of renewable energy, within the imposed time frame. Due to the quality of its integrated technical solutions and its proven experience in international smart metering projects, Schneider Electric meets all the conditions to be the partner to help us implement sustainable energy in Porto Santo and to contribute to the ultimate goal of a Smart Fossil Free Island,” stated Rui Faria Rebelo, Chairman of the EEM Supervisory Board. The project is expected to be finished during the first half of 2019.

About EcoStruxure™
EcoStruxure™ is our open, interoperable, IoT-enabled system architecture and platform. EcoStruxure delivers enhanced value around safety, reliability, efficiency, sustainability, and connectivity for our customers. EcoStruxure leverages advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics, and cybersecurity to deliver Innovation at Every Level. This includes Connected Products, Edge Control, and Apps, Analytics & Services. EcoStruxure™ has been deployed in 480,000+ sites, with the support of 20,000+ system integrators and developers, connecting over 1.6 million assets under management through 40+ digital services.
About Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. We provide integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. In our global Ecosystem, we collaborate with the largest Partner, Integrator and Developer Community on our Open Platform to deliver real-time control and operational efficiency. We believe that great people and partners make Schneider a great company and that our commitment to Innovation, Diversity and Sustainability ensures that Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment.

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