Hydrogen fuel cells ‘dependable’ for powering data centres

Hydrogen fuel cells have emerged as a potentially dependable solution for powering data centres, according to new research from Equinix and National University of Singapore.

Developing alternate renewable power sources is vital to maintaining uptime for data centres, ensuring global connectivity and business continuity remain uninterrupted.

Equinix, together with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Centre for Energy Research & Technology (CERT) under the College of Design and Engineering (CDE) at the National University of Singapore (NUS), undertook a green hydrogen fuel technology study to explore proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells and/or alternate generator technologies as environmentally viable backup power supply options for data centres.

The study assessed various types of alternative power supplies and their reliability, cost, operating conditions and environmental impact. Several systems that can feasibly utilise hydrogen as an energy source were spotlighted as potentially viable alternative solutions that operate on renewable energy.

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