CommScope announced a partnership with Hydrogenics to offer an indoor, fuel cell solution that can provide back-up power in a data center.
The scalable, hydrogen fuel cell solution can provide up to 30 kilowatts (kW) of reliable, environmentally-friendly backup power to enterprise computing systems. Commscope said multiple power racks can be installed to scale in 30kW increments and sustain a variable runtime from hours to days, based on customer requirements and hydrogen tank options. The unit has the width of a standard server cabinet.
“Space within most data centers is at a premium and this backup power solution takes up the least amount compared to a battery rack or other backup power solutions,” said Daryl Wilson, chief executive officer, Hydrogenics. “Operating expense is another growing concern for data centers and, depending on the configuration, the indoor hydrogen fuel cell solution can be a lower cost solution than traditional power solutions after just two or three years.”
CommScope said that while deployments of outdoor fuel cells are taking off, it believes this indoor fuel cell is first-to-market.