Microsoft Inks a Deal for Wind Power from GE in Ireland

Microsoft power data centres with wind energy sources from Kerry

Microsoft is going to buy all the wind power from this GE site

Microsoft just signed a deal with GE in Ireland to buy 100% of the electricity from its new 37-megawatt Tullahennel wind farm in Ireland for the next 15 years.

Each turbine at the site will have a battery integrated into it to help generate "valuable data" relating to energy storage, GE said. 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. Microsoft will actually be procuring an Irish energy supplier's license from GE, which the software company said would allow it to continue investing in Irish renewables.

"Wind is now one of the most competitive sources of electricity on the market today, and we're excited about the capability to use data generated from these wind turbines, using the Predix platform, to maximize the output and value of this project", he said.

The Tormywheel project in West Lothian was bought by a fund managed by BlackRock Real Assets for an undisclosed sum, under the firm's clean energy investment strategy.

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Another driver might be Microsoft's existing relationship with GE.

EirGrid's energy demand forecast for new data centers in Ireland.

Dublin was the first European location for Azure data centers.

The idea behind the battery research is to enable wind farms to become intermittent clean power sources that can be added to the grid when needed.

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In the recent years, several technology companies such as Apple, Google, and Facebook have been focusing on powering their data centre or cloud operations using renewable energy sources.

Meanwhile Ireland announced its first overarching support schemes for renewable energy projects only as recently as September this year, with solar and other renewable energy technologies set to fight it out in large-scale government auctions.

In an interview with Energy-Storage.News earlier this year, prolific U.S. clean energy investor Nancy Pfund of DBL Partners, a company which seeks to deliver positive social impacts coupled with healthy returns, pointed out that Microsoft has also been trialling the use of zinc bromide flow battery energy storage systems at its corporate headquarters.

ElectroRoute, majority owned by Mitsubishi Corporation, is an innovative energy trading and services company headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.

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