Two of the world’s biggest engineering companies chose Ireland to test out new wind power technology that can deliver smooth flows of clean energy to data centers.
Microsoft Corp. signed a deal with General Electric Co. to buy all the electricity generated at a new 37-megawatt wind farm in County Kerry, which will power its growing cloud services unit in Ireland, according to a press release on Monday.
The Tullahennel Wind Farm is the first in Europe to integrate a battery into each turbine to store energy and smooth out power flows from the intermittent renewable resource, according to the statement. Microsoft said it also acquired an Irish energy supply license from GE and signed a deal with ElectroRoute Energy Trading Ltd., a unit of Mitsubishi Corp., which will provide energy trading services.
The deal builds on Microsoft and GE’s strategic partnership signed last year to deploy GE’s “industrial Internet” services platform Predix, allowing companies to capture data and use it to improve the performance of assets.