Collaboration to develop standardised control system for small wind turbines

24 January 2023

A strategic partnership has been created between Schneider Electric and Ryse Energy to develop innovative control systems and components to connect small wind turbines to the National Grid.

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

Through its R&D partnership with Schneider Electric, Ryse Energy has been able to leverage hardware, software, and expert 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 for improved power quality.  

The turbine is typically used in the agricultural sector and light industrial settings or to power residential communities. By integrating Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Machine Expert within the control panels energy users are said to 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. 

"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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