The data centre sector has grown hugely over the last couple of decades. Data centres are already responsible for 2% of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions; they are set to consume a fifth of the entire world’s power output by 2025 due to the rapid adoption of data driven services.
Diesel generators have often been the technology of choice to support datacentres as they experience blackouts or grid instability, but tighter emissions legislation is making this solution unacceptable. In the short-term diesel generators will continue to be in widespread use, however blending in a cleaner H-Power system will enable a roadmap to a cleaner back-up power system.
AFC Energy’s H-Power portfolio can form part of this phased changeover strategy. Our HydroX-Cell (L or S)TM fuel cells can be used alongside new or existing diesel generators in a progressive and incremental manner to reduce and ultimately eliminate emissions. This approach provides a compelling case to regulators that a logical and phased emissions reduction strategy is proceeding towards an end game of zero emissions.