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November 7, 2014

Siemens tech powers Microsoft’s zero-carbon data centre

Technology converts waste byproducts to biogas methane.

By CBR Staff Writer

Siemens Energy Management has joined forces with Microsoft and FuelCell Energy to design and install technology for Microsoft’s zero-carbon, waste-to-energy data centre in Cheyenne, WY. The project will see the companies provide and install equipment, software and a power monitoring solution.

The project is designed to use waste byproducts from the nearby Dry Creek wastewater facility to produce biogas methane, which will power the fuel cell system of the data centre.

Siemens created the intelligent controls, power monitoring hardware and energy management software which will power the data centre. The system is designed to power Microsoft’s data centre 24/7.

The Microsoft data centre will operate completely off the grid and is expected to produce 250 kilowatts of renewable power. The unused additional power, which is expected to be around 100 kilowatts, will be sent to waste water treatment facility to reduce its electric bills.

Siemens Energy Management Division head Kevin Yates said: "In any data centre, power quality and reliability is key since the facility must run uninterrupted 24-7 to protect information stored there."

"Siemens’ brightest engineers brought their vast data centre and power industry expertise to build a custom solution that proves resources like biogas and fuel cells can be relied on to provide reliable power to critical installations."

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