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Emerson technology to manage clean energy in California

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Emerson Project Management has been selected to provide its Ovation control and optimisation technology for two renewable energy projects being developed by EDF Renewable Energy.

The 110-MW Catalina Solar and 140-MW Pacific Wind projects are located in Kern County, California.

Emerson's system will play a key role in adjusting electrical output as directed by the California Independent System Operator. As more electricity is being fed to the grid from renewable sources this task has become essential. The Ovation system calculates the most economical way to achieve the MW target set by the system operator to maintain grid stability.

"Utility-scale production of renewable energy brings unique challenges," said Steve Sonnenberg, president, Emerson Process Management. "Experience has shown us how to help our customers meet the challenges of utility-scale production so they can maximize return on their investments. We welcome the opportunity to put our technology and expertise to work for EDF Renewable Energy."