eBay Inc. is the latest tech company to jump into the green data center trend. Along with Apple, Google and Facebook, eBay plans to use renewable energy sources to power a data center at an undisclosed location, presumably in the United States.
eBay will utilize 30 Bloom Energy servers, an innovative product that runs entirely on “biogas derived from renewable organic waste.” PCMag.com reports that this will be the country’s largest non-utility fuel cell installation.
The company plans to rely on the main power grid as a back-up power source only. The main power grid is supplied mostly by coal-generated electricity.
Apple also stated recently that it would be investing in some Bloom Energy products as part of a two solar panel installations at its primary U.S. data center.
Tech companies in the 21st century are scrambling to find solutions to minimize their electricity budgets. Large data centers handle a mind-boggling amount of traffic and rack up millions of dollars in energy bills every year.
“eBay is raising the standard for the entire industry,” said Bloom Energy chief executive KR Sridhar. “It is 21st century infrastructure for the industry needs of the 21st century.”