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September 2, 2021

EBay’s Data Center Facility-Utah Fuel Cell System, US

By Carmen

The eBay’s Data Center Facility-Utah Fuel Cell System is a 6,000kW energy storage project located in Utah, US.

The electro-chemical battery energy storage project uses fuel cells as its storage technology. The project was announced in 2012.

Description

The EBay’s Data Center Facility-Utah Fuel Cell System is owned by eBay (100%).

The key applications of the project are on-site power and back up.

Contractors involved

eBay is the owner. Bloom Energy is the technology provider for the project.

Additional information

Partnering with Bloom Energy, eBay is building the country’s largest non-utility fuel cell installation. Renewable energy typically supplements the electric grid, but eBay is designing renewable energy into the core of its global commerce platform, incorporating 30 Bloom Energy servers into the new data center’s energy architecture.
Each of the 30 Bloom Energy servers will generate 1.75 million kWh of electricity annually, and will be installed a few hundred feet from the center itself, virtually eliminating traditional utility grid losses. eBay will use the Bloom fuel cells—which generate on-site power 24 hours a day, 365 days a year—to replace the large and expensive backup generators and UPS components that are historically utilized less than 1% of the year. eBay’s fuel cells will be powered by biogas, a fossil fuel alternative derived from renewable organic waste.

Methodology

All publicly-announced energy storage projects included in this analysis are drawn from GlobalData’s Power IC. The information regarding the projects are sourced through secondary information sources such as country specific power players, company news and reports, statistical organisations, regulatory body, government planning reports and their publications and is further validated through primary from various stakeholders such as power utility companies, consultants, energy associations of respective countries, government bodies and professionals from leading players in the power sector.

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