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Microsoft Opens ‘Off-Grid’ Data Center

Linda Hardesty

Microsoft dedicated its new zero-carbon, waste-to-energy-powered data center in Cheyenne, Wyo. Microsoft worked with Siemens Energy Management and FuelCell Energy on the data center that will operate completely off the grid. The data center uses biogas methane produced by common waste byproducts at the nearby Dry Creek wastewater facility. Anaerobic bacteria produce the biogas, which   …Continue Reading


EPA Releases National Top 100 Green Power Users

Karen Henry

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its National Top 100 Green Power Users with the Green Power Partnership for the second quarter of 2014, and Intel has once again held on to the top spot. The Green Power Partnership (GPP) works with Fortune 500 companies; local, state and federal governments; and colleges and   …Continue Reading


Microsoft Announces Largest Wind Project to Date

Karen Henry

Microsoft has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for wind energy in Illinois. The Pilot Hill Wind Project is the company’s second PPA and its largest wind investment to date, according to a Microsoft blog post. Microsoft signed its first long-term (20-year) PPA for wind energy in 2013, purchasing 110 MW of wind energy   …Continue Reading


Redox, Trans-Tech Develop Natural Gas Fuel Cells

Linda Hardesty

To advance its goal of using distributed power for heating and cooling data centers, Microsoft’s Redox Power Systems – a University of Maryland Microsoft Corporation – has teamed with Trans-Tech. The partners are developing transformational natural gas fuel cells through a $5 million cooperative agreement funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E)   …Continue Reading


Data Center Research Added to Grant Program

William Opalka

Research teams from around the world have been awarded $40,000 grants to create more energy efficient data centers. The Software Engineering Innovation Foundation (SEIF) receives funding from Microsoft for the grants, according to a blog post from the Global Foundation Services. Microsoft says it is looking to find ways to transform the energy supply chain toward greater   …Continue Reading


Intel, City of Houston Top Green Power Rankings

Leon Walker

Intel has maintained its place as the nation’s largest energy user to be powered entirely by renewable energy, according to the EPA Green Power Partnership’s latest rankings. The GPP rankings highlight the annual green power use of Green Power Partners within the United States and across individual industry sectors. Lists include the top 30 local government green   …Continue Reading


Microsoft, UTSA Sign Data Center Distributed Energy Agreement

Leon Walker

The University of Texas at San Antonio and Microsoft have announced a three-year agreement to research and develop sustainable technologies aimed at making data centers more energy efficient. The multi-disciplinary research will focus on expanding business opportunities for new distributed energy technology that reduces energy consumption and emissions, improve reliability and contribute to a sustainable   …Continue Reading


Schneider, Microsoft Alliance to Develop EMS Software

William Opalka

Schneider Electric and Microsoft will develop custom, cloud-based energy management and sustainability software for customers across diversified industries.  The technology will combine Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare Resource Advisor with the Microsoft Windows Azure cloud platform. Schneider says the partnership expands its ability to deploy public, private and hybrid cloud solutions and the partnership with Microsoft enables   …Continue Reading


Putting Fuel Cells Inside the Data Center

Linda Hardesty

Microsoft Research and Global Foundation Services are investigating a way to power a datacenter entirely by fuel cells integrated directly into the server racks. The two organizations have published a research paper “No More Electrical Infrastructure: Towards Fuel Cell Powered Data Centers.” The idea is to bring the power plant inside the datacenter, effectively eliminating   …Continue Reading


Microsoft Signs Wind Energy Power Purchase Agreement

Linda Hardesty

Microsoft signed its first long-term (20-year) power purchase agreement (PPA) for wind energy. The agreement with RES Americas will be funded in part by proceeds from Microsoft’s carbon fee. Per the PPA, Microsoft will purchase all of the energy from Keechi Wind project, a new 110 MW wind facility to be constructed 70 miles northwest   …Continue Reading


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