Engie and Schneider Electric have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore digital solutions that could improve the efficiency of Engie’s global renewable energy portfolio.

Under the deal the two firms will explore ways of improving the operational efficiency of Engie’s solar and wind power plants around the world, focusing on the use of SCADA technology and historian and related application software developed by Schneider.

The use of asset management, SCADA obsolescence management, remote monitoring and diagnostics and cybersecurity in a complex ecosystem will also be investigated as part of the agreement.

“Engie’s objective is to develop remote supervision and control of its global renewable energy production assets, and possibly other energy assets as well, to optimise their performance. We are working in close collaboration with Schneider Electric with a shared vision of the challenges of an energy world that is decarbonised, digitalised and decentralised,” specified Didier Holleaux, executive vice president of Engie.

Schneider Electric is already Engie’s strategic partner for real-time monitoring and management of its European wind and solar power installations. This partnership demonstrates its ambition to accelerate its digitisation globally, it said.