Power Clouds Solar Project Reveals $60 Million First Year Success
Almost 50,000 participants from more than 100 countries; 50,000 solar panels installed in 13 shared power plants for a value of $60 million; 11.5 Megawatts produced; a reduction of over 212 tons of CO2 - equivalent to the planting of more than 5 million new trees.
These are only some of the figures for the Power Clouds project which started in March 2013 and has with its impressive results swiftly become a unique success story in the field of renewable energy production.
Anybody, anywhere in the world who possesses a solar panel can apply to lease it to Power Clouds as part of their photovoltaic plants. The company in return pays to the owner a monthly fee for 20 years, guaranteed and independent of the performance of the plant.
The first plants have been constructed in Romania and during the summer 2014, construction of plants will start in Japan with the support of the Japan External Trade Organization – JETRO, a governmental agency for the attraction of investments under the aegis of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Procedures to assess the construction of plants in France and in the United States are also underway.
CEO of Power Clouds, Roberto Forlani, said: “Power Clouds is supported by thousands of people who believe in the philosophy of the project and share its spirit and values. The next three years will be characterised by an ambitious development plan that will lead us to reinforce our commitment in Japan and at the same time to open new plants in other countries.
“We intend to evaluate the realisation of power plants in France and in the United States. France has understood the importance of renewable energies. The declarations made by the Ministry of Environment Ségolène Royale make us strongly believe in the development of the field.
“The mission of Power Clouds is to create the biggest network of photovoltaic plants in the world, through a process that will involve individuals who will put their efforts together towards a common goal and thus change things.
“The ultimate aim is to trigger a mechanism starting from the bottom and capable of obtaining economic returns guaranteed in time for those who take part in the project, and to fight climate change, which is putting the lives of entire populations and the future of our children in danger.”
For more information on the project see: www.powerclouds.com
GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud
GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.
In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade.
“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.
Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.
By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.
One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.
“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.
Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs.
“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.
The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment.
The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.
One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.
“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.
“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client.
“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”