Is hydrogen powered fuel cells the future of data center’s backup power?
Microsoft seems to think so as the company has invested resources in a pilot test. The test was done with two 12 meter containers and each container was able to generate 3 MW of power.
“A round of applause and shouts of joy from engineers at Plug, who built the fuel cell system, pierced the white noise from fans atop the shipping containers and pipes venting steam. The moment was the latest milestone on Microsoft’s quest to find a zero-carbon emissions replacement for the backup diesel-powered generators that support continuous operations in the event of power outages and other service disruptions.
“What we just witnessed was, for the datacenter industry, a moon landing moment,” said Sean James, Microsoft’s director of datacenter research. “We have a generator that produces no emissions. It’s mind-blowing.” “
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