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Microsoft Datacenter batteries to support growth of renewable on Irish power grid

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Business Development Manager Enel X

Lucy is a innovation professional pushing to breakaway from the status quo using data as a differentiator for more informed decision making. Originally a geologist with over 18 years experience...

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Datacenters are often seen as drains on the electricity grid, with data from the Central Statistics office showing the electricity used by datacenters in Ireland increased by almost a third in 2021 alone. Set in a backdrop of concerns over the state of Irelands energy security and worries over blackouts in the 2022-23 winter season due to lack of interconnection and intermittency of wind generated power we are all to familiar with seeing datacenters in the news for all the wrong reasons. 

Therefore it is great to see news that together with MicrosoftEaton and Enel X have found a solution to turn datacenter batteries in to assets that can be used to help reduce the need to maintain spinning reserves at power plants avoiding two million metric tons of CO2 emissions from going into the atmosphere in 2025.

Microsoft's contributions can and will help the Irish Government balance the supply and demand efficiently while supporting the growth of electricity from green and renewable sources.



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Matt Chester on Jul 11, 2022

Do you think these solutions will be able to scale down to allow companies without nearly the footprint of Microsoft to likewise benefit and participate? 

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Lucy Plant on Jul 12, 2022

Most definitely. In the Irish market there are a number of different demand response programs depending on how quickly you are able to react when given a signal from EirGrid. The sort of program Microsoft are taking part in here is a fast frequency response program with reaction needed within around 2 seconds. To respond in these timeframes clients need a UPS or BESS and automated, ideally remotely controlled, systems. 

Whilst the UPS's at Microsoft are large there is no size requirement, anyone with an onside UPS or BESS is able to participate and so any company can make a difference in supporting the resilience of the Irish grid system and in helping to facilitate green energy on to Ireland electricity grid.. whilst also unlocking additional revenue through the demand response payment scheme.  

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