Building a new data centre these days is a big commitment, but powering with a new technology takes this type of building to a new level. That is what the online auction giant eBay is planning with its new building in Utah. They have collaborated with Bloom Energy and will use thirty servers powered by fuel cells rather than drawing on power from the main grid.
According to the eBay press release, this is what they are going to be using;
The new six-megawatt (MW) Bloom installation is being designed and engineered into eBay’s expanded data center facility in Utah, and will be fully functional by mid-2013. Each of the 30 Bloom Energy servers will generate 1.75 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually, and will be installed a few hundred feet from the center itself, virtually eliminating traditional utility grid losses. eBay will use the Bloom fuel cells—which generate on-site power 24 hours a day, 365 days a year—to replace the large and expensive backup generators and UPS components that are historically utilized less than 1 percent of the year. eBay’s fuel cells will be powered by biogas, a fossil fuel alternative derived from renewable organic waste.