Princeton University is Testing Grounds for New Microsoft Cloud Platform

Microsoft has announced a new Smart Energy Azure Demonstration platform, which will update data about the emissions-impact of power loads every five minutes. The tech giant has chosen Princeton University as a test location.

The Azure system calculates the emissions impact of specific power producers using information generated by the EPA’s continuous monitoring system and correlated against data from power grid operators. The pairing seems a natural fit as the Ivy League school is already using the cloud platform to correlate data about local power plants in the area with information that it is gathering using the Internet of Things to measure inputs from its solar photovoltaic arrays as well as the Princeton Energy Plant.

As notes, the new Microsoft service will allow Princeton to consider the CO2 component in far greater detail, said Conor Kelly, a software engineer for energy analytics and automation with Microsoft Ireland. “We’re seeing more windows where there are opportunities for low-cost, low-emissions electricity. They will better know when to target their energy consumption,” he said.

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