Commercial, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, Industrial, Distributed Generation, Sourcing Renewables  -  September 12, 2016

Microsoft pushes ahead with battery research

Microsoft recently partnered with the nation's largest power producer, NRG Energy, to announce new research on the topic of energy storage. 

The research, discussed by Microsoft and NRG together at the University of Texas at San Antonio's Sustainable Energy Research Institute in August, suggests that flow batteries can help ease the transition to a grid increasingly powered by renewables.

The University said in August:

The research reveals new information about power efficiencies at different currents and how to operate batteries at scale. The research program, begun in spring 2016 and designed to continue until at least the spring of 2017, is looking at the performance and economic potential of flow battery technology in a variety of applications, from powering data centers to optimizing electric distribution grids.

UTSA and Microsoft are in the middle of three-year agreement, first announced in April 2014, to research and develop sustainable technologies to make data centers more energy efficient and economically viable. That agreement, Microsoft recently said in its Green Blog, is part of the company's ongoing commitment toward greening its own data centers by purchasing more renewable energy and investing in new energy technologies to drive an efficient and carbon-neutral cloud.

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