Fujitsu has recently expanded its data center in Sunnyvale, Calif. from 13,000 square feet of managed hosting space to more than 32,000 square feet. One of the novelties of the Fujitsu design in Sunnyvale is its use of a hydrogen fuel cell from UTC Power, which supplements its utility power feed. The Fujitsu data center is among a handful of U.S. data center facilities either partially or fully powered by hydrogen fuel cells, which are more expensive than traditional power generation sources. Others include a large Verizon data center on Long Island and a facility operated by the First Bank of Omaha. The primary obstacle to fuel cell adoption is cost. Fujitsu’s fuel cell project was feasible largely due to $500,000 in rebates from local utility PG&E, which allowed the company to recover its costs in approximately three years. This video provides an overview of the Sunnyvale data center and the improvements implemented during the recent expansion. It runs about 7 minutes.
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