Sustainability, Feasibility, and Economics of a Fuel Cell-Powered Data Center

Genevieve Saur, Jennifer Kurtz, Zhiwen Ma, Steven Hammond, Phillip Clark, Tahir Cader, Robert Mount, Dietrich Thoss

Research output: NRELPresentation

Abstract

Data centers, used for cloud computing or data storage, consume huge amounts of power and are increasing rapidly in number, and consequently, this increase in power consumption has raised concerns with green and sustainable energy supplies to minimize carbon emissions. Significant renewable power can be a carbon-free energy source to reduce the carbon footprint of a data center; however, direct integration of wind and solar power with data center causes concern of the power quality for uninterrupted power supply to computer servers. The reliable power supply can be accomplished by using power produced from fuel cells fueled by hydrogen. If fed with hydrogen derived from renewable sources, fuel cells will realize carbon-free data centers. This presentation shows various renewable-integration scenarios to meet reliable and sustainable power requirements for a data center.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages16
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NamePresented at the 2019 TechConnect World Innovation Conference, 17-19 June 2019, Boston, Massachusetts

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5400-73604

Keywords

  • data center
  • fuel cell
  • hydrogen
  • power quality
  • renewable power
  • sustainability

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