Omdia | February 08, 2022
A ground-breaking survey by research group Omdia showed that within the next four years data center operators will deploy uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) which are able to interact with the electric grid and support essential energy-management initiatives.
The use of renewable energy is growing on all fronts and is becoming the new normal in the data center industry. The integration of variable renewable energy resources into a more dynamic electric grid comes with new challenges and technical requirements. Data centers are in a unique position to increase the reliability of the electric grid by allowing access to a part of their backup power systems. Data center UPSs have evolved to attain high efficiency, smaller footprints, improved battery energy storage systems (ESS), and monitoring systems.
Smart grid ready UPSs incorporate technologies that enable the equipment to sense and interact with the electric grid, helping data centers to become smarter about the amount and timing of energy consumption, contributing to the pursuit of a more sustainable data center.
The integration of renewable energy into the smart electric grid can benefit from smart grid ready UPS, to smooth out the unpredictability of renewable resources, balancing energy supply and demand, and to reduce or defer electric grid infrastructure investment. Manufacturers like Eaton, Schneider Electric, and Vertiv are already offering UPSs with these capabilities.”
Moises Levy, PhD, Principal Analyst and lead of Omdia’s data center power, cooling and sustainability research practice
To capture all viewpoints of this critical subject, Omdia surveyed a combination of data center operators, engineering, architecture and consulting firms, as well as, utility companies, across North America, the Nordics, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, and Australia.
The nearly 380 respondents indicated that the top driver for adopting smart grid ready UPS is contributing to sustainability initiatives. This was followed by technology innovation pioneer, and reputation and competitive advantage. Importantly, the lion’s share* of respondents indicate they are confident that using smart grid ready UPS will not put their mission critical workloads at risk.
Cloud service providers were pointed out as the vertical that is most likely to benefit from smart grid ready UPS by nearly half of the survey respondents. However, enterprises from all vertical industries are a part of the conversation as long as they operate a data center. From a regional perspective, the Nordics, and UK and Ireland are the two regions leading the number of UPS with capabilities to interact with the grid being deployed.
About 80% of respondents estimated that 10-50% of the capacity of batteries in the data center today is excess and can be potentially used to support the electric grid. This would be a significant enabler to the integration of variable renewable energy sources into the electric grid. Most respondents indicated that solar and wind were the two microgrid applications which would most benefit from utilizing this technology.
“The data center industry is the backbone of the digital economy and has enabled significant efficiencies in how we conduct business, communicate with one another, and develop innovative technologies. From this perspective the data centers are already a force for good which is making the world more sustainable. With emergence and proliferation of smart grid ready UPS technology data centers are enabling an even more sustainable world,” said Vlad Galabov, Research Director at Omdia’s Cloud and Data Center Research Practice.
The Omdia Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) Intelligence Service covers comprehensive insights and forecast of the UPS hardware and services markets. Omdia’s UPS trackers continue to evolve and build on our existing, detailed database of the market. Using the reports clients can master with detailed data, trends, forecasts, and trusted insights.
* 77% (very confident and confident), and 98% (including somewhat confident)
Omdia is a leading research and advisory group focused on the technology industry. With clients operating in over 120 countries, Omdia provides market-critical data, analysis, advice and custom consulting.
Omdia was formed in 2020 following the merger of IHS Markit, Tractica, Ovum and Heavy Reading. Sitting at the heart of the Informa Tech portfolio, Omdia reaches over four million technology decision makers, influencers and practitioners that form part of the wider Informa Tech community and has specialist research practices focusing on Enterprise IT, AI, Internet of Things, Communications Service Providers, Cybersecurity, Components & Devices, Media & Entertainment and Government & Manufacturing.
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Maxeon Solar Technologies | March 16, 2022
Maxeon Solar Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MAXN), a global leader in solar innovation and channels, today announced that leading solar company Cypress Creek Renewables ("CCR") placed a multi-year order for approximately 315 megawatts (MW) of Maxeon's high-efficiency shingled bifacial Performance line solar modules.
CCR has agreed to procure up to 315MW of Performance line modules to power multiple solar projects in both Washington and Texas. This new order follows an earlier purchase by CCR of 48MW of Maxeon's Performance line modules.
Sarah Slusser, CEO at Cypress Creek commented, "Cypress Creek Renewables is excited to be working with Maxeon Solar Technologies to fulfill this mission as we move forward with further development opportunities. Having a solid module partner at this time with a strong manufacturing presence provides our organization with the comfort needed to turn our focus to a seamless project execution strategy."
"We believe that the U.S. solar market is poised for continued strong growth, This deal validates Maxeon's strong position as a major module supplier into the large and growing U.S. utility scale market. We are pleased to be further strengthening our relationship with key strategic partners like Cypress Creek Renewables and we look forward to continuing help power their growth in the United States."
-Jeff Waters, CEO at Maxeon Solar Technologies.
CCR's power plant projects will be supplied from Maxeon's recently expanded Performance line module capacity designed to serve the U.S. solar power plant market with leading-edge high-efficiency bifacial products that optimize customer levelized cost of energy (LCOE).
About Maxeon Solar Technologies
Maxeon Solar Technologies is Powering Positive Change™. Headquartered in Singapore, Maxeon designs and manufactures Maxeon® and SunPower® brand solar panels, and has sales operations in more than 100 countries, operating under the SunPower brand in certain countries outside the United States. The company is a leader in solar innovation with access to over 1,000 patents and two best-in-class solar panel product lines. Maxeon products span the global rooftop and solar power plant markets through a network of more than 1,400 trusted partners and distributors. A pioneer in sustainable solar manufacturing, Maxeon leverages a 35-year history in the solar industry and numerous awards for its technology.
About Cypress Creek Renewables
Cypress Creek Renewables (CCR) is a leading renewables IPP. CCR develops, finances, owns and operates utility-scale and distributed solar and storage projects across the country. The mission is to power a sustainable future, one project at a time. Since inception, CCR has developed more than 11.5GW of solar projects. Today CCR owns 1.7GW of solar and through its O&M Services business, operates 4GW of solar projects.
Branch Energy | January 13, 2022
Branch Energy, a technology-focused green energy provider, and ENGIE Energy Marketing, NA, Inc, a subsidiary of ENGIE S.A., announced a $40M strategic non-dilutive wholesale power supply facility. The agreement will provide Branch Energy with access to U.S. wholesale energy markets and working capital, as well as the ability to leverage ENGIE Energy Marketing's extensive renewable energy platform.
Branch Energy both sells electricity with an easy-to-use platform and leverages data and artificial intelligence (AI) to determine which smart devices will help reduce a consumer's energy bill the most and helps to coordinate the installation and financing of the devices. This combination of green energy and energy-monitoring smart devices not only saves consumers money but also reduces their carbon footprint.
ENGIE has one of the fastest growing portfolios of renewable generation assets in North America which makes it the perfect partner to help us grow. We are thrilled with the far-reaching impact this will allow Branch to have."
Daniel MacDonald, Branch Energy President
Earlier this year, Branch Energy launched its first market in Texas. The new facility will enable the company to accelerate its growth in the state and to expand into markets across North America.
"ENGIE has made some of the most aggressive commitments in the industry to cutting carbon emissions and expanding renewable generation," said Ken Robinson, ENGIE Energy Marketing President. "Partnering with retailers who have committed to 100% carbon-free power is directly aligned with these commitments, and we are delighted to be partnering with Branch Energy."
Our group is a global reference in low-carbon energy and services. Together with our 170,000 employees, our customers, partners and stakeholders, we are committed to accelerate the transition towards a carbon-neutral world, through reduced energy consumption and more environmentally-friendly solutions. Inspired by our purpose ("raison d'être"), we reconcile economic performance with a positive impact on people and the planet, building on our key businesses (gas, renewable energy, services) to offer competitive solutions to our customers. Turnover in 2020: 55.8 billion Euros. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main financial indices (CAC 40, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe) and nonfinancial indices (DJSI World, DJSI Europe, Euronext Vigeo Eiris - Eurozone 120/ Europe 120/ France 20, MSCI EMU ESG, MSCI Europe ESG, Stoxx Europe 600 ESG, and Stoxx Global 1800 ESG).
About Branch Energy
Branch Energy is a green energy provider dedicated to helping consumers lower their monthly bills and carbon footprint through the use of smart technology. Through data analysis and the use of AI, the company pinpoints which smart devices will offer the most help to reduce a consumer's bill, and then helps them finance and install those devices.
Wien Energie | December 16, 2021
RIDDLE&CODE Energy Solutions, a subsidiary firm of the leading European blockchain interface company RIDDLE&CODE, announced a joint venture partnership with the largest energy provider in Austria, Wien Energie. The signing of the agreement took place on 9 December, with the objective of accelerating global decarbonisation efforts and distributing solutions that have proven effective in Vienna to customers worldwide.
Under this agreement, Wien Energie and RIDDLE&CODE will share financial and technological resources to provide cutting-edge services and continue shaping the future of the energy market. A joint venture of two companies that have collaborated for years will leverage Wien Energie’s technical, commercial and legal expertise in the energy sector and access to more than two million customers, and RIDDLE&CODE’s know-how in asset tokenization.
The energy market is complex, and the complexity further increases with decentralisation.Wien Energie has long-standing experience of decarbonising energy production portfolios. RIDDLE&CODE helps bring more transparency and traceability into the system, while incentivising sustainable business models, such as our dynamic Citizen Solar Power Plant. We are looking forward to strengthening our collaboration with our signature today and opening the next successful chapter for this young company."
Michael Strebl, Wien Energie CEO
Citizen Solar Power Plant utilises energy tokenization platform MyPower, patented Trusted Gateway and the regulatory-compliant Token Management Platform, which provides the foundation for trusted data sharing. Upcoming MyPower releases will focus on creating data market interfaces for all machines connected to the energy grid and offering tokenized green power purchase agreements. It will also focus on opening the platform’s capabilities to the automotive industry to create a “Green Mobility Chain of Trust”, which will provide a chain of evidence between green energy sources, charging stations and battery electric vehicles (BEVs).
Wien Energie is one of Austria’s largest utility providers, responsible for ensuring the reliable supply of electricity, natural gas and heating to around two million people, 230,000 businesses and industrial facilities, and 4,500 farms in the Greater Vienna metropolitan area.
RIDDLE&CODE Energy Solutions
RIDDLE&CODE Energy Solutions, a subsidiary firm of the leading European blockchain interface company RIDDLE&CODE, provides the blockchain-powered infrastructure that enables resilient, low-cost and green electricity production and builds a foundation for a decentralised urban energy marketplace.