eBay has joined the noble order of the environment enthusiasts and is all set to reinforce the commitment in reducing the carbon footprint. eBay, in partnership with Bloom Energy, will erect a 6 megawatt fuel cell installation at its data center in Utah.
The data center will run entirely on clean energy. A total of 30 Bloom Energy servers will be installed at center. Each server will be capable of producing 1.75 million kWh of electricity annually and could generate on-site power 24 hours a day and 365 days per year.
The fuel cells will be powered by biogas, which is created from organic waste. The installation processes are expected to be completed by mid of next year. Once completed, it will be the largest non-utility fuel cell installation in the nation; also it will be eBay’s fifth and largest renewable energy project. The company will only use the local electrical grid as an emergency backup power source.
eBay already runs a 650-kilowatt solar installation and a 500-kilowatt fuel cell installation at its headquarters in San Jose. A 100-kilowatt solar installation is being operated at its data center in Denver. Another 665-kilowatt rooftop solar array is installed at an LEED certified data center in Utah itself.