Data centres: An open door for hydrogen?

Since the 1990s, a technological boom has changed our way of life. From the way we study, shop, work, and communicate, the internet has become ever increasingly a major part of our existence, with the Covid-19 pandemic forcing yet another dramatic increase in the utilisation of services such as video calling, cloud storage and digital offices.

This surge in demand has increased our reliance on data centres, the physical infrastructure behind cloud computing. These centres host the storage of photos and videos, online gaming, virtual work meetings, and more.

Centres are packed with computer servers and equipment to keep them running 24 hours per day, seven days per week. With batteries and fossil fuel-powered generators currently being key to maintaining uninterrupted power supply, even throughout power grid outages, it begs the question of whether another door for hydrogen is not just opening but positively ajar.

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