【氢燃料电池助力互联网服务 惠普希望用氢气为绿色数据中心供电】

【氢燃料电池助力互联网服务 惠普希望用氢气为绿色数据中心供电】氢燃料电池目前主要用于驱动汽车,但很快会找到另一种用途:为互联网服务提供动力。戴姆勒、惠普的电力创新和国家可再生能源实验室正在将燃料电池的使用扩大到数据中心内的“微电网”。将其连接到现有的IT系统中,当电力需求过高或停电时,氢燃料电池可以无限制的维持网络服务器运营,有利于构建绿色数据中心。

Daimler and HPE want to power green data centers with hydrogen

Fuel cells aren't just for cars.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas

17h ago in Green
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Hydrogen fuel cells have mainly been used to power vehicles so far, but they could soon find another use: the server farms powering your internet services. Daimler, HPE, Power Innovations and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are expanding fuel cell use to "micro-grids" inside data centers. Solar and wind power would provide the bulk of the energy, but fuel cells would fill in the gap when power demand is too high or an outage leaves no other choice. Companies wouldn't have to rely quite so heavily on diesel generators or other not-so-eco-friendly backups to cope with demand. And unlike battery backups, there's no limit -- the fuel cell can keep running as long as there's hydrogen.

Work is starting on prototypes this year, though it's safe to say that it will take a while before you see this in the field. HPE is working with its partners to tie fuel cells into its existing IT systems. This could go a long way toward completely green data centers when it is ready, though. And importantly, it gives fuel cells a viable future even if the automotive industry moves entirely to electric cars. It may not find many mainstream uses on the road, but it could make sure your favorite social network is running even if the server faces a total blackout.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/12/daimler-and-hpe-hydrogen-fuel-cell-data-centers/


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