EBay is all set to support its retail transactions with a data center that draws power from alternative energy fuel cells rather than the national power grid. When successful, eBay will be the first technology company that uses alternative power as the main or primary source of energy and the national grid for backup. Conventionally, alternative energy sources are supplements rather than primary means. Considering that internet companies have been in the firing line for the power guzzling nature of operations, this might be the shot in the arm that the data center industry needs. The onsite fuel cells will be supplied by Bloom Energy.
According to eBay, the risk and the investment are worth taking. The company’s new data center will help double the capacity of an existing data center in South Jordan, Utah. 30 fuel cells will be installed at the site. The performance of the fuel cells is something that remains to be seen.
Read More About EBay