Manufacturers are interested in, and have a strong need for, EMS that will help them consume less energy and reduce their manufacturing costs. There is also an increasing trend to optimize the mix of conventional and alternative energy sources used by plants, which can help to protect the environment by reducing the emissions of gases such as CO2 and NOX.
There are two components to energy management in plants. One is to make more efficient the supply and distribution of utilities, such as steam, electricity and fuel that are used by equipment in the main process, and the other is to optimize the energy consumed by the main process itself. Yokogawa's control systems and advanced control solution packages help its customers save energy by optimizing operations at their plants. However, the company lack of EMS for utilities had them devising solutions for such requirements on an ad hoc basis. By partnering with Soteica Visual MESA, a global technology leader in the EMS field, Yokogawa can now extend the range of solution services that it is able to offer to its customers
The partnership will also allow Soteica Visual MESA to expand its sales of Visual MESA through Yokogawa's global sales network, with a particular focus on Asia.
Visual MESA can reduce annual energy costs by approximately 2% to 5%. There are approximately 3,400 plants worldwide with $40 million or more in utility costs each year that could benefit from Visual MESA and obtain a return on their investment in one year or less, and Yokogawa will initially be targeting these facilities.
Yokogawa will provide high value added EMS services, including maintenance and sidewise energy management and optimization services (sustainability services). Yokogawa and Soteica Visual MESA will also cooperate in engineering with the aim of acquiring the knowledge needed to create a new business model for an EMS service that can help to optimize energy efficiency throughout a plant, including the main process and utilities.