Google will use large batteries to replace the diesel generators at its data center in Belgium, describing the project as a first step towards using cleaner technologies to provide backup power for millions of servers around the world.
The West Coast wildfires are highlighting the importance of energy security for data centers, which are pursuing a number of strategies to adapt to climate change and rolling blackouts, including on-site power generation.
Microsoft has successfully tested the use of hydrogen fuel cells to power its data center servers, a first step toward adopting new technologies to eliminate the use of diesel fuel in its emergency power systems
Microsoft plans to eliminate its reliance on diesel fuel by the year 2030, a decision that has major implications for its data centers around the world, many of which use diesel-powered generators for backup power.
The rapid growth of cloud computing is placing pressure on the supply chain for data centers, testing the ability of equipment manufacturers and developers to meet demand for faster and cheaper delivery of new capacity.