Equinix Partners with National University of Singapore to Advance Hydrogen in Data Centers

Data infrastructure company Equinix has partnered with the Center for Energy Research and Technology at the National University of Singapore’s College of Design and Engineering to explore technologies that enable the use of hydrogen as a source green fuel for critical data center infrastructure.

Equinix and the Center for Energy Research and Technology (CERT) will initiate a research project to compare the efficiency of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells and fuel-flexible linear generator technologies.

Equinix said PEM fuel cells are a major contender for hydrogen power, while fuel-flexible linear generators allow operators to easily switch between a variety of clean fuel options, including hydrogen, biogas and various fuels. renewable liquids.

Adopting these technologies can enable data centers to reduce carbon emissions while meeting the growing demand for data, colocation and interconnection services.

The research collaboration between Equinix and CERT will involve an overall assessment of the suitability of these technologies for tropical data centers, taking into account local climatic conditions, site constraints, power demand, data supply, fuel storage capacities as well as local regulatory policies.

This research initiative is part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed earlier this year between the two partners.

As part of the MoU, CERT will perform an analysis of the identified technologies in conjunction with Equinix, to determine the operational viability of the technologies at scale.

Based on the research findings, Equinix plans to develop proof-of-concept projects within its global network of data centers for real-world testing and support integration into future data center designs.

The Equinix and CERT partnership aims to accelerate disruptive technologies that can reduce the carbon footprint of global data centers, especially in tropical regions.

This partnership is part of Equinix’s Future First strategy which underlines the company’s commitment to greening the digital economy.

“Data centers serve as a conduit to power the digital economy, and greening their operations can help drive sustainable businesses across the economic landscape. Working with like-minded partners, such as the NUS Center for Energy Research and Technology, gives us the combined experience and expertise to advance the growth of digital economies in line with environmental obligations, for the benefit of industry. data centers, global economies and the planet,” said Yee May Leong, Equinix General Manager for South Asia.

“Sustainability is an essential pillar of the global economy. To complement public sector efforts, timely progress also requires collaboration with stakeholders in the private sector and academia. We want to work with industry partners like Equinix, which is known for its sustainability efforts and gives us access to a global network of data centers that can serve as a test bed for a more accurate assessment of operational viability. Through this partnership, we look forward to playing a leading role in green data center innovations that can be applied in Singapore and around the world,” said Lee Poh Seng, Associate Professor at the Center for Energy Research and Technology NUS College. of Design and Engineering.

This first appeared in the CommsWire subscription newsletter on September 23, 2022.


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