Fuel cell technology in the data center

When deciding on a location for a data center, ensuring that the site has a reliable connection to the electric grid is normally one of the first things any company has to think about.

Microsoft believes it might have found another way. For the past five years, the company has been experimenting with a different approach – hydrogen or methane gas-powered fuel cells at the rack level. This offers advantages in terms of location, reliability and energy efficiency, but brings with it a whole new set of challenges.

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