eBay Commits to Renewable Energy for Next Data Center

EBay is continuing its green business initiatives by building the next phase of the company’s data center primarily using renewable energy.

In partnership with Bloom Energy, eBay will build the country’s largest non-utility fuel cell installation. Though renewable energy typically supplements an electric grid, eBay is building the energy source into its core, incorporating 30 Bloom Energy servers into the new center’s architecture.

“We believe the future of commerce can be greener,” eBay president and CEO John Donahoe said in a statement.

The six-megawatt Bloom installation is being designed and engineered as part of eBay’s expanded data center in Utah, and will be installed a few hundred feet from the building. Expected to be fully functional by mid-2013, each of the 30 energy servers will generate 1.75 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, a press release said… Read more

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