Schneider Electric has partnered with Platinum Electrical Engineering to 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 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, Brilliant Planet 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. “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.”