Microsoft plans bio gas powered data center

By on November 20, 2012
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From poop to power.


Microsoft has announced that it is in development of ‘Data Plant’ – the first zero carbon data center. Data Plant will be completely independent of the grid and will recycle common waste bi-products to sustainably power cloud services.

The announcement reveals that the data center will be located at the Dry Creek Water Reclamation Facility in Wyoming, USA. While having the data center and bio gas facility on the same location may cause a few noses to turn up, Microsoft claims, “By capturing and reusing biogas on premise with our data centers, we will be able to significantly reduce their carbon emissions while producing beneficial uses at the same time.”

The company is investing approximately $5.5 million in R&D on the project and eventually hopes that Data Plant will “help to concretely demonstrate the benefits possible by integrating the collection, treatment, and consumption of biogas at the source to create an extremely efficient use of renewable energy.”

Don’t scoff yet, besides the noble objective of ecological self sufficiency, this writer thinks using crap to power some of the crap that’s on the internet is a goal too clever to resist reaching for.


Nafisa Rebello writes and sometimes works in TV. She expected robots in 2012 and is still waiting for teleportation.

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