Analyst View: Fuel Cells and Data Centres

14 Mar 2012

12-03-14 Fuel Cells and Data Centres

The internet is growing at an exponential rate as more people become increasingly connected in their day-to-day lives. Supporting internet services are vast data centres that, as they increase in number and capacity, require huge amounts of power and have substantial carbon footprints. By the end of this year the power costs for average data centre equipment over its lifetime are expected to exceed the original capital investment, and with the continued implementation of conventional data centre technologies the carbon footprint of data centres could exceed that of the airline industry by 2020.

Fuel cells are advantageous in meeting a wide range of data centre requirements whilst producing no end use emissions.

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