Showing posts with label Wind. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wind. Show all posts

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Wind Tre picks Ericsson to virtualize its core network

Wind Tre, which serves over 32 million mobile and fixed broadband customer lines in Italy, has selected Ericsson to virtualize its core network as part of the evolution of its network to 5G Core.

Ericsson will supply its core network and Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVi) solution, enabling the fast introduction of new services and providing full-service continuity. The five-year contract, which gets underway during the Q2 2018, includes the delivery of a self-contained project to deploy a virtualized core network and orchestration capabilities according to European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) open source NFV Management and Orchestration (MANO). The solution includes Ericsson Orchestrator, the virtual infrastructure manager Ericsson Cloud Execution Environment based on OpenStack, Ericsson Cloud SDN and software-defined infrastructure based on Ericsson HDS 8000. Ericsson will also be the prime system integrator and provide support services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Benoit Hanssen, Chief Technology Officer Wind Tre, says: “This is another big step in the journey that Wind Tre is making to provide the best quality network and high value services to our customers. We are transforming to be ready for the digital revolution that 5G and IoT will bring. We are pleased to partner with Ericsson on this important deal which secures a deep knowledge of the existing technology and will provide a state-of-the-art virtualized network.”

The contract encompasses Ericsson’s virtual EPC, virtual IMS and virtual UDC (User Data Consolidation). They will be deployed on Ericsson´s proven system verified NFVi solution which aligns with the ETSI NFV Architectural Framework and the ETSI Management and Orchestration (MANO) architecture.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Microsoft Contracts 237 Megawatts of Wind Energy

Microsoft announced two wind power purchasing agreements totaling 237 megawatts -- its biggest purchase of wind energy to date.


“Microsoft is committed to building a responsible cloud, and these agreements represent progress toward our goal of improving the energy mix at our datacenters,” said Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer at Microsoft. “Our commitment extends beyond greening our own operations because these projects help create a greener, more reliable grid in the communities in which we operate.”

Specifically, Microsoft has contracted with Allianz Risk Transfer (ART) to fix its long-term energy costs and purchase the environmental attributes connected with the new, 178-megawatt Bloom Wind project in Kansas. The project is the first to use a novel structure developed by ART and designed to offset high upfront costs associated with the creation of large-scale wind projects. Microsoft is the first buyer to participate in this structure, which has the potential to bring clean energy projects online at a faster pace.

The second contract involves a long-term agreement with Black Hills Energy to purchase 59 megawatts of renewable energy certificates from the Happy Jack and Silver Sage wind projects, which are adjacent to Microsoft’s Cheyenne, Wyoming, data center. The combined output of the Bloom and Happy Jack/Silver Sage projects will produce enough energy on an annual basis to cover the annual energy used at the datacenter.

“We are constantly looking for new ways to approach energy challenges and avenues of engagement with our utility partners,” said Christian Belady, general manager of cloud infrastructure strategy and architecture at Microsoft. “The team worked closely with ART to come up with a completely new model to enable faster adoption of renewables. Likewise, the tight engagement with Black Hills created the opportunity for Microsoft’s datacenter to become an asset for the local grid, maintaining reliability and reducing costs for ratepayers. This kind of deep collaboration with utilities has great potential to accelerate the pace of clean energy, benefitting all customers — not just Microsoft.”

These are Microsoft’s third and fourth wind energy agreements, joining the 175-megawatt Pilot Hill wind project in Illinois and 110-megawatt Keechi wind project in Texas. In March, Microsoft also signed an agreement with the Commonwealth of Virginia and Dominion Energy Inc. to bring 20 megawatts of solar energy onto the grid in Virginia. These projects are in addition to the renewable and carbon-free energy Microsoft purchases from the grid mix in the markets in which it operates.

http://www.blackhillscorp.com
http://www.microsoft.com

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

AWS Plans Second Wind Farm in Ohio

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a new 189 megawatt (MW) wind farm in Hardin County, Ohio that will generate 530,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of wind energy annually starting in December 2017.  Amazon has contracted with EverPower, a leader in utility grade wind projects, to construct, own, and operate the new wind farm. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"We remain committed to achieving our long-term goal of powering the AWS Cloud with 100 percent renewable energy," said Peter DeSantis, Vice President, Infrastructure, AWS. “There are lots of things that go into making this a reality, including governments implementing policies that stimulate cost-effective renewable energy production, businesses that buy that energy, economical renewable projects from our development partners and utilities, as well as technological and operational innovation that drives greater efficiencies in our global infrastructure. We continue to push on all of these fronts to stay well ahead of our renewable energy goals.”

AWS noted that this is its fifth renewable energy project in the United States (and its second wind farm in Ohio) that will deliver energy onto the electric grid powering AWS data centers located in the AWS US East (Ohio) and AWS US East (N. Virginia) Regions. When this newest wind farm is completed, AWS’s five renewable energy projects will generate a grand total of 2.2 million MWh of energy annually – enough to power almost 200,000 U.S. homes

http://www.amazon.com/sustainability

Amazon Plans 253 Megawatt Wind Farm in Texas

Amazon will commission a new 253-megawatt (MW) wind farm in Scurry County, Texas, that will generate 1,000,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of wind energy annually – enough energy to power almost 90,000 U.S. homes.

Amazon Wind Farm Texas, which is scheduled to open in late 2017, will include more than 100 turbines and be the company’s largest renewable energy project to date. Amazon previously announced wind and solar farms in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia that deliver energy to the electrical grids supplying both current and future Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud data centers. The five projects together will generate more than 2.6 million MWh of renewable energy each year.

http://www.amazon.com/sustainability

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Digital Realty Signs Wind Power Agreements

Digital Realty Trust announced multiple renewable energy agreements for powering its U.S. data centers.

The deals include a long-term agreement with E.ON Climate and Renewables North America to procure approximately 400,000 megawatt-hours of wind power annually, which will offset 100% of Digital Realty's U.S. colocation and interconnection energy usage, reducing the company's carbon footprint by approximately 275,000 metric tons per year.

"Now more than ever, the overwhelming demand for real-time data, enhanced agility and scalability for online applications is increasing demand for power consumption within the data center," said A. William Stein, Digital Realty's Chief Executive Officer.  "Digital Realty recognizes the importance of addressing our customers' growing demand for renewably powered data centers, and this agreement serves as another example of our deep commitment to sustainable and environmentally responsible business practices."

Digital Realty also posted its Green Bond Use-of-Proceeds Statement, which details the use of the approximately $493 million of net proceeds raised through the issuance of a Green Bond in June 2015.  Digital Realty has allocated the net proceeds to nine projects:


  • 3825 NW Aloclek Place / Hillsboro, OR / U.S.
  • 43830 Devin Shafron Drive, Building F / Ashburn, VA / U.S.
  • Unit 1, Power Avenue, Manor Royal / Crawley / Surrey / UK
  • 7500 Metro Center Drive / Austin, TX / U.S.
  • 900 Quality Way / Richardson, TX / U.S.
  • 1-11 Templar Road / Sydney / Australia
  • 98 Radnor Drive / Melbourne / Australia
  • Grange Castle, Nangor Road / Dublin / Ireland
  • 43940 Digital Loudoun Plaza, Building G / Ashburn, VA / U.S.


https://www.digitalrealty.com/solutions-services/sustainable-innovation/

Monday, July 4, 2016

Google Signs Up for 236 MW of Wind Energy from Norway, Sweden

Google has agreed to purchase an additional 236 MW of energy from two new wind farms in Norway and Sweden, adding to three other Swedish wind deals. The new, long-term contracts cover all of the output from a 50-turbine project near Stavanger, Norway, which is set to be completed in late 2017, and a 22-turbine project near Mariestad and Töreboda, Sweden, which will be completed by early 2018.

This brings Google's number of wind power power agreements in Europe to seven, totalling more than 500 MW.

Google has now signed 18 such wind power deals globally, representing nearly 2.5 gigawatts (GW) worldwide of contracted wind power output.

http://googlegreenblog.blogspot.com/2016/06/more-nordic-wind-power-for-our-european.html

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Shaw Sells Media Assets for C$2.65 Billion to Fund Wind Mobile Acquisition

Shaw Communications agreed to sell its wholly owned broadcasting subsidiary, Shaw Media, to Corus Entertainment for C$2.65 billion.  The deal includes Shaw Media's conventional television network, Global Television, and 19 specialty channels, including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, History Television and Showcase.

“This transaction represents a significant milestone for Shaw, firmly positioning the company as a leading pure-play connectivity provider with an attractive growth profile while allowing Shaw to participate in the significant upside potential resulting from the combination of Shaw Media and Corus,” said Chief Executive Officer, Brad Shaw. “With the previously announced acquisition of WIND and sale of Shaw Media, Shaw will be focused on delivering consumer and small business broadband communications supported by its best-in-class wireline, WiFi and wireless infrastructure. In combination, these transactions will also enhance Shaw’s growth profile, with approximately 25% of total revenue derived from growth services1.”

http://newsroom.shaw.ca/


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Wind Telecomunicazioni Picks ALU

Wind Telecomunicazioni has selected Alcatel-Lucent to extend and transform its nationwide fibre-optic transport and IP communication networks across Italy.

Alcatel-Lucent is providing a network transformation solution that includes long-haul optical transport, mobile backhaul, metro area network (MAN) and IP service edge technology to expand and update Wind's existing network, as well as introduce advanced services to customers.

The deployment includes Alcatel-Lucent's:


  • 1830 Photonic Service Switch with the 400G Photonic Service Engine and 100G technology
  • 1850 Transport Service Switch to extend Wind's mobile backhaul infrastructure in support of mobile broadband services.
  • 7750 Service Router for aggregating traffic in the metro areas and as the IP service edge for delivering advanced, high-speed residential services and business services, such as VPN over IP and Internet access.

"This agreement confirms our commitment to deliver services with high efficiency and functionality to our customers, by  developing the telecommunication infrastructure in Italy. The continuous evolution of our transport network is of paramount importance to our strategy, which aims to provide an effective and intelligent answer to the new phase of communications, already characterized by a real data explosion, particularly in mobility, with the objective of keeping on offering the best value/price ratio, that is what distinguishes our positioning," stated Gianluca Baini, CEO Alcatel-Lucent Italia.

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