eBay recently announced its intentions of commiting to clean energy and hence have taken this initiative to a whole new level. According to industry reports, eBay will implement clean energy for its Utah data center. The company plans to use the local power grids for emergency backup power source. eBay has partnered up with Bloom Energy and has installed a 6 megawatt fuel cell installation in the data center campus. This data center is expected to be the largest non –utility fuel cell installation in the country.
It is reported that 30 Bloom Energy servers will be installed in the Utah data center. Each of these servers is capable of producing 1.75 million KWH of electricity annually. The fuel cells are going to be powered by biogas.
“By being a trail blazer and deploying a brand new, revolutionary architecture to build its new data center, eBay is raising the standard for the entire industry. It is 21st century infrastructure for the industry needs of the 21st century,” said KR Sridhar, principal co-founder and CEO of Bloom Energy. “Bloom Energy is thrilled to be supporting eBay on this innovative and inspiring large scale project.”
Bloom Energy operates a 650 kilowatt solar farm along with a 500- kilowatt fuel cell installation at its San Jose headquarters site. Once the eBay project is completed, it will become eBay’s largest renewable project.
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