Yokogawa Australia has been selected to provide the energy management system (EMS) for the initial phase of the Yuri Green Hydrogen Project in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.
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The Yuri project will consist of an 18MW solar power plant, an 8MW battery energy storage system (BESS), and a 10MW hydrogen electrolyser. Using carbon-free solar energy, this facility will be able to produce up to 640 tons of green hydrogen per year. The hydrogen will be used as a feedstock to produce green ammonia at an adjacent ammonia plant operated by Yara Pilbara Fertiliser (YPF). YPF is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yara International ASA, which is one of the world’s largest producers of nitrogen-based mineral fertilisers.
For the control of the solar power plant, BESS, and electrolyser, Yokogawa Australia will supply an EMS that is developed by Yokogawa Group company PXiSE Energy Solutions. This EMS will be combined with an integrated control system (ICS) centering on the Collaborative Information Server solution that Yokogawa will also be providing for phase 0 of this project, under a separate contract.
Once these systems are installed and integrated, the Yuri facility’s renewable energy production will be autonomously managed to ensure consistent stability and power quality based on the operating requirements of the adjacent ammonia plant, the weather, and other factors.
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PXiSE’s grid control solutions have already been highly evaluated at a Horizon Power project in Western Australia. Horizon Power serves the largest power supply area in the world, and following a successful rollout in Onslow, the solutions will be adopted in 34 additional Horizon Power microgrids.
Yokogawa senior vice president Koji Nakaoka said, “In a world in which systems are becoming closely integrated, based on the system of systems (SoS) concept, we will contribute to our customer’s ESG management by offering high value-added solutions, including the integration of plant control and energy management systems to enable the timely control of complex power systems.”