Equinix ‘in R&D phase’ of demand response experiments


cradlepic-300x225Equinix is “in the R&D phase” of testing demand response technologies, according to UK MD Russell Poole.

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Poole said there was nothing to announce in the short to medium term, but Equinix was assessing technologies.

“Clearly our world will require more electricity than is currently being produced and as a significant consumer we have an interest in ensuring there is consistency of supply,” he told MCP.

Equinix has “something on the horizon that we are not [yet] able to talk about,” said Poole, and he underlined that plans were at a nascent stage.

“We have a few trials operating in different geographies. We have an eye on smaller scale generation and also … the ability to contribute back to the grid. But I would say we are in the R&D phase at the moment.”

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