Click here to go back to News listing.June 22, 2012
Internet auction giants eBay announce that they are set to use organic waste to fuel their new biogas-powered servers.
Internet action site eBay has today announced the next phase of it’s plans to make it’s data centre reliant on renewable energy sources as they announced the purchase of 30 new servers, which will be powered by biogas.
Using organic waste from renewable sources, eBay claim that their fuel-cell powered facility will be the largest non-utility fuel cell installation in the United States, and will only use the traditional electric grid as a back-up.
Partnered with Californian fuel cell-specialists Bloom, eBay’s Utah data centre relies on a unique energy architecture, incorporating the 30 Bloom Energy servers into it’s core, rather than having renewables supplement a fossil-fuel mainline.
Expected to be functional mind-2013, each of the 30 Bloom Energy servers will generate 1.75 million kWh of electricity annually, and will be installed a few hundred feet from the center itself, which Bloom said would virtually eliminating traditional utility grid losses.
eBay will use the Bloom fuel cells - which the company said can generate on-site power 24 hours a day, 365 days a year - to replace the large and expensive backup generators and UPS components that are historically utilised less than 1% of the year.
As well as eBay’s 102m+ active users, the data centre will also power Paypal transactions, and another of eBay’s projects, StubHub.
Rather than shying away from the challenges of waste management for the new site, president and CEO of eBay John Donahoe says the company are ‘embracing’ them.
“Running our data centers primarily on reliable, renewable energy, we intend to shape a future for commerce that is more environmentally sustainable at its core,” said Donahoe.
Large-scale renewable projects are nothing new to eBay; The Utah data centre will be eBay’s fifth renewable energy installation. Currently operating a 650 kW solar array and a 500 kW Bloom fuel cell installation at its San Jose headquarters, a 100 kW solar array at its Denver data center and a 665 kW solar array at its existing, LEED certified Utah data center.