Schneider Electric opens smart factory12 June 2024

Schneider Electric smart factory (Image credit: Schneider Electric)

Schneider Electric has opened a 28,000 m2 smart factory in Dunavecse, Hungary, that will feature several sustainability technologies.

These technologies include:

  • Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Building and Energy Management System
  • Energy needs are met by rooftop solar panels supplemented by renewable sources from the grid
  • Geothermal heat pumps are used for heating and cooling
  • Schneider Electric charging stations for up to 30 electric cars and 25 electric bicycles
  • Rainwater is collected for bathrooms and irrigation
  • Airlocks prevent heat loss at truck-docking stations and the factory entrances
  • According to Schneider, the Dunavecse plant will increase production capacity for engineering-to-order (ETO) solutions made according to customers’s specifications across European markets, with 90% of the site’s manufactured products to be exported across Europe. This latest investment in capacity helps meet the increased demand for electrification and digitalisation solutions across Europe.

    The new plant is Schneider Electric’s 36th smart factory, bringing the total number of ETO factories in Europe to 22. It will serve as Europe’s core factory for Schneider’s latest SF6-free medium voltage switchgear, RM AirSeT. This innovation is said to increase the sustainability of medium voltage switchgear, a central technology for the decarbonised power systems on which energy transition relies. This technology complies with the new F-gas regulations in Europe, affecting all medium voltage switchgear users from grids to infrastructure.

    “Europe is accelerating through the energy transition and strengthening its energy independence,” said Yann Reynaud, senior vice president, global engineering to order operations. “Dunavecse is our new flagship factory in Europe for smart medium and low voltage SF6 free technologies to support the increasing demand across the region, bringing even more innovation, sustainability, and digital solutions to customers.”

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