One major advantage of renewable energy is access to a reliable supply of power at a more predictable price than conventional grid-supplied electricity. That’s especially important to tech companies like AT&T, which has just announced that it is expanding its use of fuel cells to power 28 data centers and other facilities in California and Connecticut.
The fuel cells, provided by Bloom Energy, will insulate AT&T’s facilities from grid-supplied electricity price spikes as well as brownouts, blackouts and other grid disruptions. Though fuel cells don’t necessarily count as renewable energy, in this case they will take a big chunk off the carbon footprint of AT&T’s California facilities, and that’s a good start.
Via Hans De Keulenaer