Here is a selection of 10 planned, existing or rebooted data centers that have made some impressive strides in reducing their carbon footprints.
The U.S. Department of Energy talks about how fuel cells were instrumental in providing backup power for cell towers and keeping cell phone communications open during Sandy.
San Diego’s planned La Jolla Commons II complex, powered by biogas fuel cell technology, will become the largest net-zero office building in the United States once complete in 2014.
A new model for energy-efficient housing uses insulation, new building materials and fuel cell technology to reportedly reduce homeowner energy bills to zero.
Apple’s plans for its vast, UFO-like new campus in Cupertino, Calif., have been delayed for a year, but new details were released about the site’s ambitious goals for renewable energy use and waste reduction.
Microsoft will build a small, experimental data center right at a Wyoming wasterwater treatment plant to take advantage of a ready supply of biogas.
A 2.8 megawatt fuel cell is using anaerobic digester gases to produce electricity and heat for a wastewater treatment plant, saving energy and trimming emissions.
EBay says it will use 30 Bloom Energy fuel cells, putting out 6 megawatts of electricity, to power a new data center in Utah.
Apple says two large solar farms and biogas-powered fuel cells will keep its Maiden, N.C, data center humming.
Making hydrogen from sugar, solar cells from carbon and sootless diesel are just some of the innovative projects to benefit from $8.4 million in grants.