Microsoft is testing the use of hydrogen fuel cells in lieu of diesel for its Azure datacenter servers


On July 27, Microsoft announced it had completed a milestone in its test of using hydrogen fuel cells to replace diesel. Microsoft officials have said the company is planning to eliminate its dependency on diesel fuel by 2030, the same year it is aiming to be carbon negative. Microsoft officials noted in a blog post today that diesel fuel currently accounts for less than one percent of Microsoft's overall emissions. Its use is primarily within Azure datacenters for diesel-powered generators that can be used during power outages and other disruptions. Recently, hydrogen fuel cell costs have plummeted, making them an economically viable alternative to diesel powered options, officials said.

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