When Microsoft first looked into hydrogen fuel cells to power its data centres, suppliers told them they hadn’t run them for very long. However, the technology giant soon proved that such technologies can in-fact run for multiple days.
That’s what David Fernandes, Business Strategist at Microsoft, told H2 View’s North American Virtual Hydrogen Summit today (Oct 19). On the anecdote, he continued, “We actually ran our I.T. load off hydrogen fuel cells for 48 straight hours. And we were able to swap our hydrogen supply while we were doing this.
“The other concept we proved out here is that you can pretty easily scale this technology.”
Such effort, and many other hydrogen projects currently being explored by Microsoft, are all part of the company’s decarbonisation targets. Identifying these, Fernandes, said, “We’ve [Microsoft] made some pretty hefty commitments in terms of carbon and climate.
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