Data centres could keep cool using hydrogen power and seawater | News

How much heat is generated by a video clip of a cat falling off a table? How much energy does it take to share a holiday snap on WhatsApp? How much carbon is emitted when you log on to a virtual Zoom meeting from your sofa?

The growing network of data centres, which handle billions of digital interactions every day, has become one of the world’s largest consumers of electricity. Much of this energy is spent trying to keep the computer servers cool, and the industry is struggling to cope with recent extreme temperatures.

However, an experiment launched by Microsoft could be a “moon-landing moment” for the industry, the tech giant has claimed. It has developed a hydrogen generator capable of keeping a power-hungry data


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