27 Apr '12, 5pm

Microsoft Designing Landfill-Fueled, Off-Grid Data Center

Microsoft has launched a new research project that it's calling its Data Plant program where the tech giant will design and prototype a data center fueled by biogas, located right at the source. The data center will be powered by fuel cells that run on biogas captured directly from an on-site landfill or wastewater treatment plant, both rich sources of methane, instead of using biogas from the grid. Locating the data center right at the source of power will allow it to run free from the grid normally and use grid power only as a back up. This set up ensures that the data center will run on a clean and reliable source of energy. Biogas is hard to come by when tapping the grid and the grid is also not designed for the rapid growth in power demand that comes with a data center. Having that on-site source of biogas means Microsoft would always know that its data center had a s...

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