• Nomade des Mers Expedition

In India, Schneider Electric Celebrates Low technologies with the Nomade des Mers Expedition

Chennai (India), April 11, 2017
– Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has celebrated the arrival of the Nomade des Mers expedition in India by organizing an event at its Chennai plant, to further reiterate its commitment to energy efficiency and access to energy.

The Nomade des Mers expedition has the mission of showcasing useful, simple and accessible technologies that are also environmentally friendly: low technologies. The catamaran will spend three years travelling the globe testing independent technologies and developing the international low-tech stakeholder and user community. On board, low-tech devices will be put to the test, optimized and linked to others to assess synergies toward achieving a self-sustaining ecosystem. The expedition – which began in 2015 at Brittany and will conclude in Indonesia – arrived at the Chennai port on April 11, 2017, after passing through Africa, South America and the Indian Ocean.

Mr Gilles Vermot Desroches, Sustainability Senior Vice-President at Schneider Electric, said, “Schneider Electric Foundation is delighted to act as patron of this project and support the expedition which is very much aligned to our commitment towards promoting sustainable low cost technology and solutions for a greener future. We believe such iconic projects have a profound effect on people and are stepping stones to address the worldwide challenge of climate change.”

At its Chennai plant, Schneider Electric organized a contest amongst chosen employees, trainees and engineering students on innovative technologies. Its objective was to create innovative low tech solutions for a greener future. The winning solution would be displayed and showcased in the ship and will be a part of it in the rest of its expedition.

Mr Ramesh Phatak, R&D Director of Schneider Electric India, added: “Leveraging scale economies with low technologies is a powerful answer to bolster energy access for a country like India, which has one of the lowest per-capita energy consumption. These low-cost technologies are simple, cheap and easy to build system designed to tackle basic needs while respecting the environment”.

The solutions achieved through the research will be prototyped and submitted for approval by a jury of experts with the long-term ambition of creating a veritable "library" of tutorial videos open to everyone (individuals, NGOs in the field and local entrepreneurs, etc.).

As a financial, technological and human patron of Nomade des Mers, the Schneider Electric Foundation harnesses the skills and expertise of Schneider Electric employees for the expedition. At each stop, volunteers of the Schneider Electric Teachers association can take part in events, share their knowledge and pass along their skills. In addition, recognized technical experts who have been granted Schneider Electric's "Edison" label are invited to participate actively in LowTech Lab by collaborating on studies on selected technologies and sharing results from some of their research.