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Green Data Centers – Scaling environmental sustainability for business and consumers collectively

Regardless of how you identify politically, environmental sustainability has become an undeniable business directive. Global warming from carbon emissions, increasing sea levels and images of pollution are increasing public and shareholder pressure on corporations to take an active role in finding solutions and be accountable by setting goals and…


BYD, Apparent resume work on solar energy project at BYD’s manufacturing plant

Work has resumed on the installation of a two-megawatt solar and two-megawatt hour energy storage project at BYD’s manufacturing plant in Los Angeles County, BYD and Apparent Inc. announced Monday. Work on the project in Lancaster, California had paused for two months beginning in March due to state-mandated shutdowns amid the…

Our intelligent energy management solution offers an easy and smooth transition to zero-emission energy while keeping costs down. This project gives BYD more control over its energy use and helps optimize the clean energy generated and stored from the solar on-site.

Apparent President Jacqueline DeSouza

Microsoft makes hydrogen fuel cell breakthrough in quest to power data centers with renewable energy

For the first time, Microsoft has successfully powered a row of data center servers using hydrogen fuel cells for 48 hours, a milestone the company is marking because of its potential to reduce reliance on fossil-fuel consuming generators. The fuel cells combine hydrogen and oxygen in a process that creates water vapor and electricity. Microsoft conducted the…

What if you could take all of these assets the datacenter has and integrate them into the grid in a way that helps to further accelerate decarbonization of the grid more broadly rather than just a point solution for the data center itself. That’s where I think all of this gets interesting.

Brian Janous, general manager of Microsoft’s data center sustainability team

Offshore wind power is now so cheap that UK wind farms could soon be paying back government subsidies

UK offshore wind farms are set to be the first in the world to have to pay to produce power in what researchers have termed an “astonishing development” for the once-expensive energy technology. A dramatic drop in the cost of offshore wind power, coupled with a slight rise in wholesale power prices, will likely mean the newest wind farms…


Finding the right role for battery storage in the Middle East

Based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dr Imran Syed is head of industrial power for Enerwhere, designing and implementing hybrid systems that use energy storage. Dr Syed spoke to Andy Colthorpe about some recent project case studies. Targeting customers with commercial and industrial (C&I) off-grid systems and using battery storage…

We’re sort of in that space right now where you need a lot of customization. It’s not reached a stage where PV is. Anybody can install a PV plant without too much of a hassle but a storage system is not the same. The customer doesn’t completely understand it yet, so there’s a lot of customer education in the process and the customer needs to trust you.

Dr Imran Syed, head of industrial power for Enerwhere

Kiwi Power: Now’s the time to take ‘decarbonisation-enabling’ VPP platform into North America

Bringing a proven, flexible, virtual power plant (VPP) platform into North America is a step towards “unleashing the potential” of distributed energy, the chief commercial officer of UK-headquartered solutions provider Kiwi Power says. The company began life in 2009 as a pure-play aggregator in its homeland, where initially the main value…


Opus One Tests ‘Transactive Energy’ for California Rooftop Solar, Behind-the-Meter Batteries

Building a technology platform to control distributed energy resources such as rooftop solar systems, behind-the-meter batteries, EV chargers and flexible electricity loads is a challenging enough task. Identifying ways to measure their economic value as grid-balancing agents and run real-time markets that can entice them to respond with grid-friendly…


BMW Is Preparing to Battle Tesla in the Luxury All-Electric Segment

BMW is opening up a new front in its battle with electric-vehicle maker Tesla, offering an all-electric 5-series sedan. It sounds like big news. And it is—in the long run. Investors, however, weren’t reacting much. Tesla stock (ticker: TSLA) rose Monday after declining about 11% late last week following Tesla’s second-quarter earnings report…


TSMC Commits To 100% Clean Power, Pressuring Chipmaker Rivals To Follow Suit

TSMC, the world’s biggest semiconductor maker, has committed to source 100% of its power globally from renewable sources, putting pressure on its rivals such as Samsung, as well as large power consumers across Asia, to follow suit. Taiwan’s biggest company, comprising a fifth of the total value of the Taiwanese stock market, TSMC is the…

TSMC now has the world’s largest corporate power purchase agreement in Taiwan, only 18 months after the first PPA in the market – it goes to show what’s possible when ambitious companies are supported by forward-thinking policy.


Annual spending on DER management to hit $5.9bn by 2029

Global spending on distributed energy resources (DER) management technologies is expected to increase from $826.4 million in 2020 to $5.9 billion in 2029. While uptake of DER management solutions has been fragmented and piecemeal to date, more utilities are expected to leverage these technologies for digital transformation…

Most utilities would like to create value internally and for customers by balancing grid operations and planning with demand and DER output. A few utilities are even thinking about how to go a step further by enabling new markets to form around this new body of integrated DER. For this step to occur, the grid must be reinforced with more intelligence and greater control resolution.


Dr Kevin Kariuki: African Development Bank is pivotal to catalysing Africa’s energy transition

The Covid-19 pandemic will undoubtedly pose some wide-ranging implications across all sectors, as resources are diverted towards emergency spending on health, water, social issues, and economic stimulus efforts. In the energy sector, we expect some short-term fiscal, liquidity and operational setbacks to our project portfolio, as well as to…


The UK plans to build huge batteries to store renewable energy – but there’s a much cheaper solution

The UK electricity system is undergoing significant and rapid change. It has the world’s largest installed capacity of offshore wind, has effectively stopped generating electricity from coal, and has recorded a 20% drop in demand since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this transition from traditional, reliable coal to weather-dependent wind…


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