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Today, we depend on batteries to charge everything from our cell phones and computers to even some of our cars. But they’re also increasingly providing a way to store electricity on the power grid, offering a more sustainable and consistent option for using the energy from intermittent renewable sources such as wind and solar power. Read on to learn more about how new technology is increasing the capacity of lithium-ion batteries and how flow batteries could soon come to utilities and the grid.
Last November we announced a new proof-of-concept datacenter that brought the power plant inside the datacenter by mounting fuel cells directly onto the datacenter’s server racks. Less than three months later, fuel cell datacenters have taken a major step forward to becoming a reality, following a success demonstration of the concept at the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine.
While the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and the Empire State sit on entirely opposite ends of the United States, they share more in common than just this year’s Super Bowl. Read on to learn more about how the Seattle Seahawks have become sustainability champions and how New York is helping dairy farmers turn their waste into energy.
Each quarter, Microsoft gives out an Environmental Sustainability Action Award in recognition of an employee or team who has shown leadership, exemplifying how Microsoft and its employees can have a positive impact. For Q2 (FY14), we are pleased to honor a group of Microsoft UK employees
This week, GigaOm reported that startup Gridco has created new grid-level power electronics and a smart management system which will help provide electricity to homes and buildings. The systems will give utilities the ability to “tightly control” the grid’s power flow and to retrieve energy use data. What’s even better is that the system can help utilities integrate solar and wind farms into the grid, addressing existing intermittency issues.