This Is the Microsoft Deal That Will Boost Wind-Turbine Battery Tech

Microsoft Corp. yesterday said it is supporting a new project in Ireland that will be the first European wind farm to integrate batteries in each wind turbine.

The company entered into a 15-year power purchase agreement with GE to purchase all of the output from the 37-MW Tullahennel wind farm in County Kerry, Ireland.

The two companies will test how the integrated batteries can be used to capture and store excess energy and send it to the grid when needed.

“Microsoft is proud to be deepening our long history of investment and partnership in Ireland with this agreement,” Christian Belady, general manager, Datacenter Strategy at Microsoft, said in a statement. “Our commitment will help bring new, clean energy to the Irish grid, and contains innovative elements that have the potential to grow the capacity, reliability and capability of the grid. This will make it easier to incorporate new clean power sources like wind energy, and that is good for the environment, for Ireland and for our company.”

Once operational, the Tullahennel wind farm will bring Microsoft’s total global direct procurement in renewable energy projects to about 600 MW.

Lead image credit: GE

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