The DATAZERO project, funded by the French national research agency (ANR) from 2015 to 2019 aims to design a MW-scale datacenter supplied only by local renewable energy. As the project end is nearing, we organized a workshop at FEMTO-ST in Besançon and Belfort on this topic on October 14-16, 2019. This workshop brought together academic and industry participants from France, Europe, and North America.
In Belfort, we had the opportunity to have a tour of the FCLAB hydrogen facilities, of Extendo’s datacenter, as well as a demo of our power hardware-in-the-loop testbed used in the project.
On 1-5 July 2019, we organized a summer school at UTBM in Belfort on the topic of microgrids with the support of CNRS, GdR SEEDS and the HAEOLUS project. The event gathered 28 participants from several European countries and included Ph.D. and master’s students as well as researchers and professors.
A series of lectures by academic (Colorado State University, FEMTO-ST/FCLAB, L2EP, G2ELAB) and industry (SINTEF, General Electric, Enedis) speakers provided the participants an overview of microgrids and their current challenges. A week-long project proposed by Typhoon HIL enabled participants to learn about hardware-in-the-loop by using dedicated software and hardware.
Social events were also organized to facilitate sharing ideas and networking, as well as discover Belfort’s strengths in the energy sector. See the school’s website for more information.