Toward a greener datacenter: Microsoft and partners awarded $5 million for fuel cell research

With the goal of developing an efficient, low-cost fuel cell system for datacenters, Microsoft is partnering with Redox Power Systems LLC, the University of Maryland and Trans-Tech Inc. through a $5 million award from the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E).

This research is being funded through the Reliable Electricity Based on Electrochemical Systems (REBELS) program, which introduces technology concepts that have the potential for significantly lower costs and higher performance than existing distributed generation technologies.

With this project, Microsoft will use its server racks to integrate and perform independent live testing on the enhanced fuel cells being created by the other companies and university. The goal is ultimately to create a system that would be significantly less expensive and more sustainable than traditional datacenter designs.

Read more about the award on the Microsoft Green Blog and the University of Maryland’s press release.

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Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff