E2P2 Consortium launched for data center fuel cell platform construction project

Seven organizations, including large data center company Equinix, announced plans to build a fuel cell platform to supply power to data centers.
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In addition to Equinix, participating organizations include infrastructure company Vertiv, sustainable data center specialist InfraPrime, Italian energy infrastructure company Snam, German fuel cell manufacturer SOLIDpower, and TEC4FUELS Research Center. , the Swedish research institute RISE.

The project is called EcoEdge PrimePower (E2P2) and is funded by the Clean Hydrogen Partnership (CHP), an initiative of the European Union launched in early December. The total funding of CHP is about 25 billion euros, and E2P2 has secured 28 million euros.

The E2P2 project is a proof-of-concept project that aims to develop and demonstrate low-impact fuel cells as economical and resilient power solutions for data centers. Equinix plans to deploy and test its experimental 2P2 fuel cell platform in a dedicated space at one of its Milan data centers in Italy. The implementation method uses a method of integrating a solid oxide fuel cell with a UPS and a lithium ion battery.

Equinix CTO Justin Dustzadeh said in a statement, “The E2P2 project will be able to demonstrate a new structure for the generation, distribution and storage of electricity. “In addition to supporting a broader transition from natural gas to sustainable hydrogen, we support Equinix’s goal of running a climate-neutral business by 2030.”

Meanwhile, fuel cells for data centers are not a completely new concept. Equinix has already deployed about 37 megawatt fuel cells at its 15 facilities in the United States. Switch, a Nevada data center operator, is deploying solar power and Tesla’s batteries based on the always-clear Nevada weather and expansive land. [email protected]

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