Facebook Unfriends Coal
Facebook has publicly announced its commitment to clean energy this week in response to Greenpeace's initiative, the Unfriend Coal Campaign, gained some 700,000 online activists to pressure the company to power its data centers with clean energy instead of coal.
Facebook says it will work with the environmental group to urge utilities to develop renewable energy generation and encourage its users to save energy and get involved with clean energy decisions in their communities.
As major companies move towards cloud computing, power consumption is on the rise. In Greenpeace's report earlier this year, called How Dirty Is Your Data?, the group found that data centers currently consume 1.5-2 percent of global electricity, which continues to grow at a rate of 12 percent per year. Furthermore, most technologies are still powered by coal, relying on the dirty source for 50 to 80 percent of their total energy needs.
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But with growing energy consumption, the IT industry could have a major influence on the future of energy sources and production. According to the report, some companies are already moving in that direction:
“Of the 10 brands graded, Akamai, a global content distribution network, earned top-of-the-class recognition for transparency; Yahoo! had the strongest infrastructure siting policy; Google and IBM demonstrated the most comprehensive overall approach to reduce its carbon footprint to date,” the report said.
As far as Facebook goes, the company said it will now state a "preference for access to clean and renewable energy" when choosing its data centers. Facebook's Silicon Valley Google Inc. has also invested nearly $1 billion in renewable energy projects.
Greenpeace has declared victory on its “Unfriend Coal” Facebook page, which has now been removed.
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Sungrow links Europe's largest energy storage plant to grid
Europe's largest energy storage project, the 100MW/100MWh Minety plant featuring Sungrow's 1500V energy storage system solutions, has been successfully connected to the UK grid.
The UK experienced the most debilitating blackout in nearly a decade in August 2019. The incident exposed the serious lack of frequency regulation of the national grid and demonstrated that the construction of energy storage projects that can regulate the frequency of the grid in a timely fashion should be prioritised. The Minety project, which began at the end of 2019, considerably mitigates the problem and is designed for facilitating grid stability and maximising renewable energy utilisation.
Sungrow supplied both NCM and LFP battery energy storage system solutions featuring high integration, which minimise the footprint, slash the commissioning duration and significantly reduce the system cost by 5%. The solution well meets the latest UK frequency regulation requirement called dynamic containment - requesting the plant to respond to the power instruction of the grid within 1 second, making the project one of the rare 30% of the UK's storage plants equipped with this function.
"We are proud of being part of this landmark project, offering solutions with extreme efficiency and safety while in compliance with the stringent UK grid codes," said James Wu, Vice President of Sungrow, which shipped more than 800MWh of energy storage systems in 2020.
Battery storage capacity in the UK is likely to heavily increase as move towards operating a zero-carbon energy system. At the end of 2019 the GB battery storage capacity was 0.88GWh. National Grid forecasts it could be as high as 2.30GWh in 2025.
Global energy storage updates
TEVOCS has announced the launch of a powerful series of universal portable power stations that provide reliable power for off-grid situations, travel, home backup and more. With an impressive 2080WH capacity and 2000W output, the TEVOCS power station is billed as 'the ultimate power station for modern life' and is available here.
Enlight Renewable Energy has completed the acquisition of 90.1% of the holdings in Clēnera LLC, a leading and seasoned company in the field of initiation, development, construction and operation of solar energy and energy storage projects in the United States.
Last month Canadian Solar Inc. was awarded the first utility-scale battery storage project in Colombia of 45 MW/45 MWh. The project was awarded in the public tender launched by Colombia's Ministry of Energy and Mines, via its affiliate UPME, the Mining and Energy Planning Unit.