Yokogawa Acquires PXiSE, a Developer of High-speed Control Software for Grids and Renewable Energy Assets

By Shin Kai

Category:
Acquisition or Partnership

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announced it has acquired all outstanding shares of PXiSE Energy Solutions LLC., a San Diego-based developer of software that enables utilities and other grid operators to deliver reliable and stable power by managing renewables and distributed energy resources (DERs) in real time. Through this acquisition, Yokogawa will build on its capabilities in the monitoring and control of power generation facilities and assist customers in the power transmission and distribution sectors to meet their clean energy goals.

PXiSE (pronounced “pice”) was started in 2016 based on the idea that real-time data from the grid combined with artificial intelligence could be leveraged to help utilities manage the rapidly increasing number of distributed energy resources that are coming online every year. Since proving this concept, the company has delivered more than one gigawatt of projects in the US, Asia, and Oceania, helping clients achieve both their grid management and emission goals. Prior to the acquisition, the company was a subsidiary of Sempra, a US-based energy infrastructure company, and was partially owned by a subsidiary of Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

PXiSE's Active Control Technology (ACT) is an automated grid control software platform that consists of hybrid power plant controls, microgrid controls, and a distributed energy resource management system, achieving holistic system optimization by enabling the integration of groups of DERs alongside traditional grid components. It can also maximize the efficiency and production of utility-scale renewable energy assets. The patented ACT delivers higher reliability than conventional power system monitoring and control systems due to its high-speed measurement and control, which enable seamless energy source transitions. Integration of external data sets and predictive forecasting support cost and profit optimization.

The addition of PXiSE to the Yokogawa Group will enable the company to help global customers involved in power transmission and distribution to better manage the increasingly diversified energy supply chain, maximize the deployment of renewable energy assets, and ultimately deliver affordable, reliable, and sustainable forms of energy.

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