eBay embraces on-site power in Utah

eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:à‚ EBAY have announced plans to build the next phase of the company’s flagship data center with renewable energy, in the shape of a 6 MW Bloom Energy on-site power facility.

In tandem with Bloom, the online retail giant is building the country’s largest non-utility fuel cell installation. incorporating 30 Bloom Energy servers into the new data center’s energy architecture. The electric utility grid will be used only as backup.

Each of the 30 Bloom Energy servers will generate 1.75 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually, and will be installed a few hundred feet from the center itself, virtually eliminating traditional utility grid losses.

eBay will use the Bloom fuel cells, which will be powered by biogas, a fossil fuel alternative derived from renewable organic waste.

The Bloom servers will power millions of transactions by eBay’s more than 102 million active users, who generate more than $69bn in merchandise volume annually. The data center also will power activity across eBay’s other global commerce platforms, including PayPal and StubHub, enabling merchants, retail partners, buyers and sellers to do greener commerce.

The new Bloom Energy project will be eBay’s fifth and largest renewable energy installation. eBay operates a 650 kilowatt (kW) solar array and a 500 kW Bloom fuel cell installation at its San Jose headquarters, as well as a 100 kW solar array at its Denver data center.

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