Equinix and the Centre for Energy Research and Technology (CERT) at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) College of Design and Engineering, have revealed they plan to launch a research project to compare the efficiency of PEM fuel cells and fuel-flexible linear generator technologies.
Despite PEM fuel cells coming as a leading contender for hydrogen-powered energy, fuel-flexible linear generators could enable an easier switch between various clean fuel options, including hydrogen and biogas.
H2 View understands the collaboration between Equinix and CERT will involve a holistic assessment of the sustainability of the technologies for tropical data centres, considering local climatic conditions, site constraints, power demand, supply chains, fuel storage capacity, as well as local regulations.
Based on the results of the research, Equinix has said it expects to develop proof-of-concept projects within its global network of data centres for real-world testing.
Yee May Leong, Managing Director for South Asia at Equinix, said, “Data centres serve as the conduit powering the digital economy, and greening their operations can drive the rise of sustainable business throughout the broader economic landscape.
“Working with like-minded partners like the Centre for Energy Research & Technology at NUS empowers us with the combined experience and expertise to advance the growth of digital economies in line with environmental obligations, benefiting the data centre industry, global economies, and the planet.”
In 2021, Equinix revealed the Clean Hydrogen Partnership would provide €2.5m in funding to integrate low-carbon hydrogen fuel cells to provide clean energy to power data centres.
Lee Poh Seng, Associate Professor and Director for the CERT at NUS College of Design and Engineering, commented, “Sustainability is a key pillar of the global economy. To complement the efforts made by the public sector, timely progress also requires collaboration with stakeholders in the private sector and academia.
“We are keen to work with industry partners like Equinix, which is known for its sustainability efforts and provides us access to a global network of data centres that can serve as a testbed for a more accurate assessment of operational viability. Through this partnership, we look forward to playing a driving role for green data centre innovations that can be applied in Singapore and globally.”
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