Syzygy Plasmonics of Houston, Texas, selected Emerson to automate its catalyst reactor technology. The all-electric production method — a catalyst reactor technology that uses light instead of thermal energy for chemical manufacturing — is intended to replace fossil-fuel-based combustion. Syzygy estimates its reactor systems could eliminate 1 gigaton of CO2 emissions by 2040.

Emerson will provide hardware, software and services for Syzygy modular reactors, including its DeltaV distributed control system, industrial software for process simulation and data analytics; Rosemount instrumentation to measure pressure, temperature, level and flow; and Fisher valves to control pressure and improve safety.

The catalyst reactor technology will support decarbonization by using light to energize chemical reactions and reduce the carbon footprint in transportation fuels, says Syzygy. The company has three field trials planned for 2023.