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Microsoft powers data centre servers with hydrogen fuel cells for 48 hours

Microsoft has continuously powered a row of data centre servers for 48 hours using hydrogen fuel cells, the tech giant announced Monday.

Microsoft powered a row of data centre servers for 48 hours using a 250-kilowatt fuel system built by Utah-based developer Power Innovations, based on a concept system tested at the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory in 2018.

The system uses proton exchange membrane or PEM hydrogen fuel cells which combine hydrogen and oxygen to produce water vapour and electricity.


Google announces new subsea cable running between US, UK and Spain

A new transatlantic subsea cable running between the US, the UK and Spain has been announced by Google in a bid to meet ever-growing connectivity demands.

Once commissioned, it will be one of the tech giant’s first new cables to connect the US and UK since 2003, aimed at increasing capacity and helping drive some of Google’s core services, such as video communication platform Meet, Gmail and Google Cloud.


Microsoft to ditch diesel backup power by 2030 to meet carbon negative commitment

Microsoft has detailed how it plans to meet its ambitious goal of becoming carbon negative by 2030.

The pledge, made by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, President Brad Smith, and Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood in January, is the most sweeping carbon commitment made by any company.

At the time, Microsoft said it was working on an initiative to reducing its carbon, water, waste footprints and promote biodiversity, but offered few details on what this initiative would entail.


Nvidia and University of Florida team up on 700-petaflop AI supercomputer

The University of Florida will soon house academia’s most powerful AI supercomputer following an agreement with chipmaker Nvidia to revamp its HiPerGator system with Nvidia’s latest HPC technology.

Nvidia claimed HiPerGator will deliver 700 petaflops of AI performance once it has been upgraded with the chipmaker’s latest DGX SuperPOD architecture — the tech behind Nvidia’s own supercomputer, Selene, which ranks seventh in Top500’s global supercomputer rankings.


EcoDataCenter wins 6-year HPC contract with BMW

Sustainability-focused EcoDataCenter has penned a six-year agreement to supply HPC colocation to BMW.

The company’s flagship data centre in Falun will deliver 4MW of high-density capacity to the automotive giant through 2026.


Secure I.T. Environments completes data centre project at Hammersmith Hospital

A new data centre room at one of London’s busiest hospitals has been completed, the company behind the project has announced.

Imperial College Healthcare Trust’s enlisted UK data centre firm Secure I.T. Environments to design and build a new server and communications room at Hammersmith Hospital, as part of the Trust’s IT upgrade initiative.


HPE acquires SD-WAN company Silver Peak for $925 million

Enterprise IT giant HPE has acquired Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) company Silver Peak for a deal valued at $925 million.

Silver Peak will be combined with HPE’s Aruba Networks once the transaction is approved by regulators.


Team Ineos UK enlists AWS HPC services to help America’s Cup bid

Sir Ben Ainslie has hailed the new computing power available to Ineos Team UK as a “game-changer” in their preparations for the America’s Cup.

The four-time Olympic gold medallist has said the team’s use of Amazon’s cloud portfolio has allowed the team to run more simulations than ever before in preparation for the competition.

Sir Ben is team principal and will skipper Ineos Team UK at the 36th America’s Cup in New Zealand next year.


Renault migrates data to Google Cloud Platform

Groupe Renault has announced a new multi-year deal with Google Cloud to help the french car manufacturer accelerate its Industry 4.0 transformation.

A major component of the partnership is optimisation of Renault’s industrial data platform, which connects and aggregates industrial data from 22 global sites and 2,500 machines.


Facebook hooks up Odense data centre to local district heating system

A Facebook hyperscale data centre in Odense has begun heating local homes using heat recovered from its servers.

In a blog post, Lauren Edelman, Facebook’s energy program manager, said the social media giant plans to donate 100,000 MWh of energy to the community using low-temperature heat generated by the facility’s systems.

While other projects in Denmark use recaptured heat from smaller structures such as supermarkets for extremely localised heat recapturing, Facebook’s 50,000 square-metre will scale production to up to 25MW of heat. 


Rolls-Royce snaps up Belgian UPS firm Kinolt

Rolls-Royce power division has acquired Belgian UPS firm Kinolt as the company seeks to strengthen its power portfolio for mission-critical systems.

Rolls-Royce Power Systems already has a sizable back-up power generation business through its product and solutions brand MTU, but has eyes on becoming a full-service provider of integrated solutions.


Schneider Electric extends Easy UPS 3-phase UPS range up to 600kVa

Schneider Electric has expanded its Easy UPS 3-phase Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) range to 500 and 600 kVA (400V) for external batteries.

The new Easy UPS 3L is aimed at medium and large commercial buildings, data centres, and light industrial UPS applications where critical equipment needs to be protected from power outages, surges, and spikes.



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