REView Podcast: Fuel cells drive efficiency in data center market

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I’ve said before that I think the future of our data center market will be determined by the energy efficiency side of the equation. But how do we do that when our cost of power is so high? By using more modern alternatives like fuel cells for one. Solid oxide fuel cells use low cost ceramic materials and offer extremely high electrical efficiencies. As the diagram below depicts, this technology converts fuel directly into electricity without combustion.

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How it works: Convert fuel directly into electricity without combustion

Bloom Energy, a fuel cell technology company based in Sunnyvale, California develops fuel cells that offer up to 60% electrical efficiency, the highest commercially available. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Bloom’s Peter Gross, Vice President of Mission Critical Systems, to discuss what fuel cells are and how they’re impacting the data center market. Hear our conversation in our first edition of REView, a new podcast series delivering real estate insights across Boston’s hottest industries.

I hope you enjoy the podcast and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

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