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Ambri, a provider of long-duration Liquid Metal™ Battery storage systems, has successfully commissioned a system for Microsoft. Schneider Electric, the global leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, was selected to provide its industry-leading uninterruptible power supply (UPS), which powers the Microsoft datacenter equipment. The system is part of a multi-phase program that enables Microsoft to reduce the need for diesel generation, allows for constant renewable power from any source, and provides access to ancillary services markets.
“We are thrilled to be selected by Microsoft and to work with Schneider on this groundbreaking project,” said Adam Briggs, Chief Commercial Officer at Ambri. “Ambri’s batteries will help improve Microsoft’s datacenter operations while delivering important environmental and commercial benefits. With the commissioning of this project, Ambri is demonstrating how advanced, sustainable, and versatile our technology truly is. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Microsoft as we help them to reach their sustainability goals.”
“At Microsoft, we are committed to pursuing progress toward 100% renewable power and replacing diesel backup generators by 2030, while providing reliable service to our customers. The technology solutions developed by Ambri and Schneider Electric provide a pathway to accomplishing these goals,” said Upshur Quinby, Energy Innovation Manager on Microsoft’s Datacenter Advanced Development team. “Enhancing energy storage capabilities — including implementing long duration battery solutions for datacenters — is critically important to our mission. With this partnership, we are strengthening our commitment to sustainability and taking another step in our work to support the grid with ancillary services and shifting,” adds Ehsan Nasr, Senior Design Researcher at Microsoft.
“At Schneider Electric, sustainability is part of our DNA,” said Himamshu Prasad, Energy Storage Center of Excellence VP at Schneider Electric. “Collaborating to integrate innovative long duration storage technology into datacenter UPS systems not only furthers the availability and efficiency of datacenters, but also improves product sustainability and helps our customers decarbonize regional energy systems.”
This project with Microsoft is the latest milestone in Ambri’s progress toward commercialization. The company recently announced the establishment of a new Innovation Hub that more than triples its manufacturing footprint, providing Ambri even greater capacity to grow and bring its product to commercial markets.