Yokogawa Australia has received an order from Monford Group to supply an energy management system (EMS) for the initial phase ("phase 0") of the Yuri Green Hydrogen Project, an industrial-scale renewable hydrogen production complex in the Pilbara region of Western Australia being built by Yuri Operations, a joint venture between ENGIE Renewables Australia and Mitsui & Co.
Monford Group and Technip Energies are in the consortium of engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning (EPCC) companies constructing the project, which will consist of an 18 MW solar power plant, an 8 MW battery energy storage system (BESS), and a 10 MW electrolyzer.
Using carbon-free solar energy will enable production of 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), a wholly owned subsidiary of Yara International ASA, one of the world's largest producers of nitrogen-based mineral fertilizers.
For the control of the solar power plant, BESS, and electrolyzer, Yokogawa Australia will supply an EMS developed by PXiSE Energy Solutions, the US company acquired by Yokogawa in 2021. The EMS will be combined with an integrated control system (ICS) centered on the Collaborative Information Server solution that Yokogawa is 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.
PXiSE's grid control solutions have been highly evaluated at a Horizon Power project in Western Australia involving 35 microgrids. The ability of Yokogawa Australia's Technical Excellence Center in Perth to provide technical support and engineering services backed in Australia was also a factor in the vendor selection.
Commenting on Yokogawa's participation in this project, Koji Nakaoka, head of the company's Energy & Sustainability Business Headquarters and Global Sales Headquarters, 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."