A US-based multinational tech company Microsoft announced that the company had used the hydrogen fuel cells to power a row of its data center servers for 2 consecutive days. Microsoft said that this achievement brings the company one step closer toward its goal of becoming “carbon negative” by 2030.
As per the reports, the tech giant is exploring how clean technology could be used to power more aspects of the company’s operations. It is worth mentioning here that the company laid out its plans in the month of January to “ultimately remove the carbon footprint of Microsoft” by 2030.
According to a statement issued by the company, while Microsoft had already eliminated most of its dependence on fossil fuels, the tech giant still had a few diesel-powered backup generators at Azure data centers. The company further said that diesel is costly while hydrogen fuel cell costs have plummeted so that is why the officials of the tech company have decided to test hydrogen fuel cells as a replacement to power its data centers.
It is pertinent to mention here that the idea to explore the hydrogen fuel cells originated in 2018, when a team of the researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado used a proton exchange membrane hydrogen fuel cell to power a rack of computers.