Vattenfall and Microsoft have joined forces to pilot the world’s first hourly matching of renewable energy.
The first-of-its-kind solution aims to offer customers a “new level of transparency” into their electricity consumption by making it possible to go from year-based data to hourly based data on source of origin. The solution, 24/7 Matching, will connect generation such as wind and hydro power from Vattenfall with data from smart meters measuring consumption in real time.
The solution enables energy providers to understand demands for renewable energy hour-by-hour easier, along with helping them to take action to help production meet demand. Other benefits of it include allowing businesses to see if their commitment to 100% renewable energy cover each hour of consumption while 24/7 matching of consumption to production will help to drive true market demand for renewable energy.
Daniel Akenine, National Technology Officer at Microsoft Sweden, said: “With this new level of transparency, you can see if your commitment to 100% renewable energy covers each hour of consumption. This pilot that combines Vattenfall’s energy expertise and technology from the Microsoft cloud has the potential to change the dynamics of renewable energy production and consumption to accelerate the reality of a fossil-free future for everyone.”