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Schneider Electric and Ryse Energy join for renewable energy supply project

20th January 2023
Kristian McCann

Schneider Electric has partnered with Ryse Energy to design and implement a new standardised control system using proprietary intellectual property (IP) for small wind turbines, providing a renewable solution to connect energy users to the grid.

Through its R&D partnership with Schneider Electric, Ryse Energy has been able to leverage Schneider Electric’s hardware, software, and insights to design a new, proprietary, standardised control system for its 11kW small wind turbine, encompassing all panel components such as sensors, limit switches and capacitor banks.

The turbine is typically used in the agricultural sector and light industrial settings or to power residential communities from a decentralised and renewable source, claim Schneider Electric. By integrating Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Machine Expert within the control panels, energy users benefit from more active management of their energy use, including the ability to store any surplus energy generated for future use, or even to sell onto the grid.  

Ryse has already deployed more than 4,000 small-scale wind turbines across all seven continents and is currently working with Schneider to connect 25 new wind turbines in agricultural settings across the UK & Ireland using the new standardised control system. 

Ryse Energy and Schneider Electric are working with BPX, Schneider Electric’s UK Alliance Master Industrial Automation Distribution partner, driving the Integrated supply chain strategy and providing the technical support for the project implementation.   

“The next ten years will be known as the “electric decade”, promising a low-carbon future powered by a reliable and resilient supply of smart and clean renewable electricity. However, that is only possible if we invest in technology to cater for the growing demand for clean electricity and a growing supply of decentralised renewable generation. The energy crisis has injected much more urgency into reaching this, not least in energy-intensive industries such as agriculture where we have seen a significant increase in enquiries from across the UK and Ireland,” says Mark Yeeles, Vice President, Industrial Automation UK & Ireland at Schneider Electric. 

Ryse Energy has brought its intellectual property in-house, reduced its reliance on third-party supply chains and taken opportunities to upskill its existing workforce, Schneider Electric state. 

"Through our partnership with Schneider Electric and the creation of an internationally compliant solution, we aim to expand our global footprint and pave the way for transforming the power sector. We share the same vision and values and there is a huge opportunity to work together to increase access to clean, affordable, and reliable renewable power globally,” said Richard Caldow, CEO of UK, Europe & Americas at Ryse Energy

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