Commercial, Sourcing Renewables - March 12, 2021
Microsoft and Total partner on energy innovation
Total and Microsoft announced March 11 a new partnership to help one another achieve their respective energy goals.
The energy company will use Microsoft’s cloud platform to accelerate its IT transformation and the Power Platform software to automate its business processes, while Total will help the tech company develop a long-term roadmap to diesel-free operations.
Total will also help Microsoft achieve its 100% renewable energy goal, which is targeted for 2025, through PPAs alongside its own commitment to reach 35 GW of renewable electricity capacity in 2025 and nearly 100 GW in 2030. The first PPA in this partnership has been initiated for 47 MW for Microsoft’s Spanish operations.
“We have an enormous opportunity to use advances in digital technology to reduce greenhouse emissions,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a statement. “Our strategic partnership with Total will apply the comprehensive power of Microsoft cloud platforms to accelerate Total’s transition to new energies and to meet sustainability goals.”
The pair plans to collaborate on sustainability innovation, including further digital transformation and AI solutions to accelerate the transition to a net-zero economy. Such technology might include the deployment of low-carbon and carbon-removal technology.
Microsoft is working to eliminate its use of diesel fuel by 2030, and Total has partnered with the company to assess the long-term feasibility of using large batteries as backup power for critical infrastructure to achieve this goal. Total’s affiliate Saft will help Microsoft with energy savings, higher safety, lower Cobalt, and a self-power monitoring system in its datacenter infrastructure in order to improve its specifications to its Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Batteries suppliers.