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Brilliant Planet to scale algae-based carbon capture process

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UK-based Brilliant Planet is to enhance its algae-based carbon capture process with a universal automation solution developed by Schneider Electric and Platinum Electrical Engineering.

Aerial view of algae farm
Brilliant Planet's open-air pond-based algae farm in Morocco

Following eight years of research and development, including four years of trials at its three-hectare facility in Morocco, Brilliant Planet is now developing a scalable platform that will be deployed at sites worldwide © Brilliant Planet

The collaboration between Schneider Electric – the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and industrial automation – and Platinum Electrical Engineering will see the companies implement the EcoStruxure Automation Expert solution for Brilliant Planet, a pioneer in low-cost, algae-based carbon capture.

Brilliant Planet uses algae as an affordable method of permanently and quantifiably sequestering carbon at the gigaton scale. The UK-based company grows vast quantities of microalgae in open-air pond-based systems on coastal land. These can sequester up to 30 times more carbon from the atmosphere than the same area of forest. According to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), carbon capture technologies are a crucial part of the efforts to tackle climate change.

Following eight years of research and development, including four years of trials at its three-hectare facility in Morocco, the pioneering carbon capture company is now developing a scalable platform that will be deployed at sites worldwide.

“To scale at the speed required, we need to be able to modularise our application,” said Adam Taylor, CEO at Brilliant Planet, in a press release. “The Schneider Electric and Platinum Electrical Engineering solution enables us to copy, paste, and scale at each site. This means we can utilise resources more efficiently, while seeing drastic improvements in control. We hope this system provides the foundation for further expansion in the coming years.”

The carbon capture process requires a highly flexible and efficient control system that can easily scale as needed. Brilliant Planet chose Platinum Electrical Engineering to deploy EcoStruxure Automation Expert, the world’s first software-centric universal automation system, alongside AVEVA System Platform and AVEVA Insight to provide complete visibility and control of operations.

Universal automation

EcoStruxure Automation Expert is a universal automation solution, based on the IEC 61499 standard for interoperability, and can therefore be integrated with new or existing third-party equipment, and scale with ease across Brilliant Planet’s new sites globally.

As the first certified EcoStruxure Automation Expert global alliance partner, Platinum Electrical Engineering was chosen by Brilliant Planet as the system integrator for its deep understanding of the technology. Having recently earned Schneider Electric’s Global EcoStruxure Partner of the Year Award, Platinum Electrical Engineering has demonstrated software-centric automation installations that generate high levels of efficiency.

“By using EcoStruxure Automation Expert, we can significantly reduce the time spent on integrating and testing control software for each of Brilliant Planet’s sites,” added Stephen Maltby, managing director at Platinum Electrical Engineering. “It gives us the tools to be considerably more creative in the way we approach projects, allowing us to work with both green and brown-field projects, in a much more agile manner. The standardised application makes it straightforward to troubleshoot and adapt processes to customer-specific needs and deliver a complete bespoke, yet scalable system.”

Brilliant Planet is part of Hatch's investment portfolio, but The Fish Site retains editorial independence.

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