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Microsoft Inks 15Yr Deal to Procure Wind Energy for Irish Data Centers

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Published on : Oct 11, 2017

The integration of renewable technologies into conventional grid system is found to be promising to feed an ever-expanding demand for energy in various end-use industries world over. The energy generated from wind power is witnessing huge prospects in setting up a low-carbon energy economy in a number of industrialized nations. Microsoft Corporation has entered into a comprehensive deal with General Electric (GE) that will enable it to buy all the electricity GE produces in its new wind farm in County Kerry, Ireland. The energy generated in the Irish wind farm of GE has a capacity estimated of 37 MW and will be used to power its data centers in the next 15 years.

The project is expected to use cloud-based platform (PaaS) Predix to maximize its energy output.

Integration of Batteries in Turbines First-of-its Kind Initiative in Europe

As a part of the purchase deal, the multinational technology behemoth will also acquire a license that will allow it sell any unused energy to the Irish’s power grid. In addition, after the production at the wind farm starts, the total energy in renewable energy projects is estimated to soar to 600 MW worldwide. Furthermore, as a part of the deal, the technology giant will integrate batteries in each wind turbine, the first-of-its kind of deployment done across Europe.

Purchase Deal to Lead to Low-Carbon Economy in Ireland

Microsoft is optimistic that the nation’s economy will benefit immensely from the deal as it will lead to potential growth in reliability as well as the capacity of the country’s grids. Microsoft is focused on expanding its data centers in the country, which will trigger a vast demand for electric energy in the coming years. With more data centers expected to crop up from multinational giants such as Apple, Google, and Amazon, the conventional grids will find it increasingly difficult to meet the soaring demand.

GE Wind Energy, a branch of GE Energy, states ebulliently that the partnership will help it further consolidate its presence in the Ireland renewable energy market. In addition, investment in wind power will offer a marked competitive edge over its rivals.

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