Vattenfall to supply Microsoft with renewable energy 24/7 for Swedish data centres

It follows a pilot of the 24/7 solution last year, which will be used in three new Microsoft data centres to measure renewable energy consumption per hour

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Vattenfall has signed an agreement to supply Microsoft with renewable energy 24/7 to power the company’s data centres in Sweden.

It follows a pilot of the 24/7 solution last year, built with Microsoft Azure IoT Central platform that connected generation such as wind and hydropower from Vattenfall with data from smart meters that measured real-time consumption.

The solution will be used in the new Microsoft data centres in Sweden to measure renewable energy consumption per hour, with Vattenfall delivering EPD (Environmental Product Declaration)-labelled hydro and wind power 24 hours a day, seven days a week to the three data centres in 2021.

It supports Microsoft’s commitment to use 100% renewable energy in its buildings and data centres by 2025.

The new data centres are located in Gävle, Staffanstorp and Sandviken.

Noelle Walsh, Corporate Vice-President, Cloud Operations + Innovation, Microsoft said: “On our journey, we recognise that innovating in how we track and manage energy use is important in reaching our goal. Microsoft´s development of data centres in Sweden will be powered from 100% renewable energy sources. The data cemtres will be among the most sustainably designed and operated in the world and will achieve zero waste certification.

“Our plans to establish data centres in Sweden, which are a part of Microsoft´s investments in Sweden to accelerate innovation and digital transformation, mark a significant commitment to support local innovation and growth. We’re grateful to Vattenfall for the collaboration on this leading energy matching solution in Sweden that has far-reaching potential.”