The software company VMware is investigating the development of a microgrid at its headquarters in Palo Alto, California. A microgrid consisting of generators and batteries could be integrated into the main power grid to balance critical consumer phases. The VMware microgrid will serve as a testbed for the company and the City of Palo Alto to explore the potential. One of the planned benefits of the microgrid is the provision of an emergency communication hub in crisis situations of the city.
“Palo Alto has long been a leader in sustainability and our community has a strong commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and carbon impact,” said Palo Alto Mayor Liz Kniss. “The opportunity to partner with VMware to use this microgrid as a way to strengthen our emergency services could help advance our readiness as a community.”
The project not only serves environmental protection, but also strengthens the autonomy of the region and its economic viability.
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