Reportedly, Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) entered a three-year project through a collaboration with Microsoft (MSFT) and Ballard Power Systems (BLDP) to demonstrate a power system incorporating large-format hydrogen fuel cells to produce sustainable and reliable backup power for Microsoft data centers. Partially funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under the H2@Scale initiative, the initiative is backed by the National Renewable Energy Lab.
Caterpillar is providing the overall power electronics, system integration, controls that form the central structure of the power solution fueled by low-carbon-intensity hydrogen. Technology giant, Microsoft is hosting the demonstration project at a company data center in Quincy, Washington, and Ballard is supplying an advanced hydrogen fuel cell module.
“At Caterpillar, we focus on supporting our customers with reliable, resilient, and economical power solutions while achieving their climate-related goals. This hydrogen fuel cell demonstration project enables us to collaborate with industry leaders to take a large step toward commercially viable power solutions that also support our customers in making their operations more sustainable,” stated Jason Kaiser, vice president for Caterpillar’s Electric Power Division.
“We continue to invest in research and advanced development in hydrogen fuel cells as one of the various pathways toward our commitment to be carbon negative by 2030. This latest project with Caterpillar will provide valuable insights into how to leverage hydrogen fuel cells for backup power in our datacenters at scale,” stated Christian Belady, Distinguished Engineer and VP, Advanced Development, Cloud Operations + Innovation at Microsoft.
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