Total's Saft to work with Microsoft in batteries feasibility study for datacentres

by Margaret Lau
Total-owned French battery company, Saft, is to work with Microsoft on proposals to eliminate the tech giant’s dependency on diesel gensets for backup power for datacentres.

The initiative is part of a Total-Microsoft "multi-year timeframe” partnership, which will "assess the long-term feasibility of deploying large batteries as backup power for critical infrastructure”, according to a statement released by Total.

The partners will develop "a roadmap to diesel-free operations, initially by helping Microsoft assess the suitability of various Total technologies as part of Microsoft’s portfolio of onsite backup energy assets”.

'Lower cobalt'

"Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) batteries play a critical role within Microsoft’s datacentre infrastructure,” Total said. 

"Saft batteries will provide additional values to help Microsoft improve its specifications to its UPS suppliers and ultimately meet its sustainability goal. Those values are energy savings, higher safety, lower cobalt, and a self-powered monitoring system to ensure optimised system availability.”

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said: "Our strategic partnership with Total will apply the comprehensive power of Microsoft cloud platforms to accelerate Total’s transition to new energies and to meet sustainability goals.”

Last November, Saft launched its European-made Flex’ion Gen 2 lithium-ion backup battery system for datacentres and other mission-critical UPS applications. The system provides up to 220 kW per cabinet and "boosts power performance by 40% compared with the first generation Flex’ion”, the company said.

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