Mictosoft-GE ink wind, energy storage deal

Mictosoft-GE ink wind, energy storage deal

Mictosoft-GE ink wind, energy storage deal

Microsoft now operates a data centre at the Grange Castle Business Park in Clondalkin, just west of Dublin, that powers its North Europe Azure region, while it has also received planning permission to develop four more sites in Ireland.

Microsoft has reached an agreement with GE to purchase all of the energy from its wind farm in County Kerry, Ireland, as it looks to increase the use of renewable energy in its data centres.

Each turbine at the site will have a battery integrated into it to help generate "valuable data" relating to energy storage, GE said. "This provides more predictable power to an increasingly green Irish grid by smoothing out peaks and valleys in wind production", the partners said in the announcement, calling the project the first deployment of battery integration into wind turbines to store energy in Europe. This is an important step for Redmond since there are plans to install batteries alongside wind turbines to provide more stable power delivery to the main grid.

"This partnership with Microsoft expands GE's considerable presence and investment in Ireland, where we already employ over 1,500 people and in particular in the renewable energy sector. This will make it easier to incorporate new clean power sources for Ireland and for our company", he added.

As part of the 15-year agreement, Microsoft has also become a licensed energy supplier in Ireland. Microsoft, the multinational technology company is now supporting the wind energy sector. Microsoft's commitment will bring new and clean energy to the Irish grid and will contain innovative elements that will increase the potential, the capacity, reliability, and capability of the Irish grid.

That helps to lead a big push from the major providers of cloud service such as Microsoft, which just recently beat Google and Amazon to announce its first data centers in Africa, which it expected to open sometime next year.

"ElectroRoute is delighted to work with Microsoft and GE to structure and manage the energy trading activities for the supply company", said Ronan Doherty, Chief Executive at ElectroRoute.

Once completed, the wind farm will increase Microsoft's global direct procurement in renewable energy projects to nearly 600 megawatts.

Microsoft earlier this year had announced a new forestry initiative in Ireland and this new agreement on wind energy project will simply be an addition to Microsoft's list of supporting sustainability projects in the nation.

Microsoft's goal is to ensure that 50pc of its global data centre power requirements are sourced from renewable energy by 2018.

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