Interview: Meenu Singhal

Regional Managing Director at Socomec Innovative Power Solutions

Sustainability and Energy Efficiency Remain Paramount in Data Centre Design and Operations

March 28, 2024. By Abha Rustagi

Socomec remains steadfast in its commitment to meet the evolving energy needs of the Asia-Pacific region by manufacturing sustainable products in India, says Meenu Singhal, Regional Managing Director, Socomec Innovative Power Solutions in an interview with Abha Rustagi, Senior Journalist, Energetica India.

Que: How do your Make-in-India products address the critical need for uninterrupted power supply in data centers?

Ans: In today’s digital landscape, advancements in technology, connectivity, and the proliferation of digital services drive the need for uninterrupted power supply in data centres. This is crucial to maintain operational resilience, protect data integrity, and ensure business continuity. As data centre complexity increases and demand rises, so does the risk of downtime – along with its associated costs. Even a brief power outage can result in significant financial losses, underscoring the importance of deploying solutions perfectly adapted to the application.

At Socomec, we are committed to adhering to global quality standards in our manufacturing process. Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, located in Gurugram, Haryana, is designed with a flexible structure and equipped with advanced technology. We embrace lean manufacturing principles, continually improving our processes. We offer tailor-made Uninterrupted Power Systems, Transfer Switching Equipment, and Advanced Metering Solutions that ensure the reliability, power availability, and energy performance of data centres.

As sustainability and energy efficiency remain paramount in data centre design and operations, Socomec provides innovative and sustainable solutions. Our products feature smaller footprints, modular designs, and scalability to meet varying load requirements in different edge environments.

Que: The recent introduction of the Delphys XL UPS series has garnered attention. How does this series cater to the evolving needs of data centers in the Asia-Pacific region?

Ans: The Delphys XL 1000 & 1200 kVA/KW UPS, engineered in Europe and manufactured in India, demonstrates its commitment to meeting the evolving data centre needs in the Asia-Pacific region. The manufacturing of our Delphys XL UPS solutions at our Gurgaon factory delivers superior power solutions tailored for the Data Centre industry. The new UPS series, renowned for its 99.1% efficiency via Smart Conversion Mode, embodies Socomec's commitment to sustainability and operational excellence. Its compact design optimizes energy use, while cold-extractible power bricks reduce MTTR, crucial for minimizing downtime in modern data centres. Advanced features ensure Genset stability during load variations, showcasing reliability. With fault-tolerant design offering double conversion mode redundancy up to 80% of the rated power, it's a critical asset for Tier III & IV data centres, ensuring continuous power supply and mitigating disruptions.

The Delphys XL UPS series is a testament to Socomec's relentless pursuit of excellence and commitment to serving the Asia-Pacific large data centre market needs. These solutions exemplify our dedication to empowering Data Centres with reliable, high-performance power solutions. Socomec's expert engineers are available for remote diagnostic and troubleshooting of UPS to restore your system in record time.

Que: What is your vision for Socomec's future in India and the broader Asia-Pacific region, particularly in terms of innovation, sustainability, and industry leadership?

Ans: Socomec remains steadfast in its commitment to meet the evolving energy needs of the Asia-Pacific region by manufacturing sustainable products in India. With a structured growth plan for the years ahead, we have established robust manufacturing capabilities in India through continuous investments. Recognizing India's pivotal role in Socomec’s strategic growth within the Asia-Pacific market, we are dedicated to further innovation and expansion to meet the evolving demands of the local market.

Our brand's deep commitment to innovation is evident as we allocate nearly 8% of our revenue towards it. This dedication fuels progress, sustainability, and technological advancements, strengthening manufacturing ecosystems and delivering state-of-the-art solutions across diverse industries.

Moreover, Socomec is committed to sustainability and digitization in its manufacturing processes. Actively exploring new strategies, we aim to enhance energy efficiency, reduce environmental impact, and integrate advanced digital technologies into our products. These initiatives are aligned with our vision of providing innovative and eco-friendly solutions in the power management sector.

Que: Can you elaborate on Socomec's involvement in providing isolation and protection solutions for photovoltaic applications?

Ans: Socomec specializes in the field of solar PV. We offer a rugged and reliable range of onload PV disconnectors designed for integration within Combiner boxes and re combiner sections of PV Inverters. Our PV isolators boast a global installation reference, featuring prominently in some of the largest utility-scale solar parks worldwide. Specifically engineered for harsh environments and temperature extremes, our isolators emphasize restricting critical current build-up to ensure lasting performance without deterioration in characteristics.

Our PV switching range caters to both 1000Vdc rooftop installation isolation and 1500Vdc utility-scale solar applications, isolating solar arrays within the string combiner box perimeter. We've recently introduced a state-of-the-art 2000Vdc range of PV isolators, further solidifying our position as a leader in the field, catering to both IEC and UL markets. Additionally, we offer a complementary range of accessories, including External handles tolerant to UV radiation.

Regarding our footprint in the Indian solar PV market, we boast the largest deployment base since 2010, representing a significant share of cumulative PV installations. Our installations cover ultra-large ground-mounted and floating solar projects, spanning extreme environmental conditions such as desert areas, coastal zones, and high-altitude installations.

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