IBM claims it has launched the first solar array designed specifically to power a high-voltage data centre.

The array is on the roof of IBM’s software lab in Bangalore and can provide a 50 kW supply of electricity for five hours a day for up to 330 days a year.

The company claims the solar solution is ideal in emerging market countries where the electricity grid is often unreliable.

“The technology behind solar power has been around for many years, but until now, no one has engineered it for efficient use in IT,” said Rod Adkins, senior vice president of IBM systems and technology group.

“We’ve designed a solar solution to bring a new source of clean, reliable and efficient power to energy-intensive, industrial-scale electronics.”

For more solar news click here