Tech industry giants, Microsoft, Accenture and Envision Energy, are forming an alliance to accelerate renewable energy growth by digitizing power generation and distribution. As the Energy IoT and Smart City Technology Alliance, the companies will combine data platforms and smart energy management technology to help increase grid reliability and efficiently.
“The old energy paradigm is breaking down and will be replaced by a new era of energy. Envision is leading a global energy technology revolution in an open and collaborative way. The purpose of this alliance is to accelerate the digital transition and solve challenges through great team work. Together we are dedicated to making the new era of beautiful energy a near-term reality,” said Envision founder and CEO Lei Zhang.
The alliance’s platform will help utilities manage and evaluate the performance of the grid and enhance the efficiency of delivering renewable energy to customers. The energy management ecosystem will enable more efficient development and deployment of large-scale solar and wind facilities, while digitizing grid infrastructure.
The alliance will combine Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, Accenture’s data integration applications and Envision’s EnOS loT platform. The EnOS loT is a scalable digital energy management system that provides real-time data analysis and management applications to connect renewable energy generation to energy storage systems, the grid, and home efficiency systems.
“The powerful combination of Microsoft’s Cloud and Envision’s IoT platform will help millions of enterprises and consumers in hundreds of cities across the world to embrace digital transformation, creating a new benchmark for the entire energy industry,” said Alan Crozier, corporate vice president, chairman and CEO of Microsoft greater China region.
Updating the grid to handle the influx of solar development is essential, according to a white paper recently published by SEIA. The paper, New Opportunities for Solar Through Grid Modernization, suggested that utilities analyze the grid’s functionality and efficiency with localized data instead of system-wide evaluations. With more specific data, utilities can integrate more renewables, increase grid reliability and avoid unneeded, expensive grid updates.Tweet