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November 19, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Microsoft pilot data center to be powered by manure, other waste

Microsoft is planning a data center in Cheyenne, Wyo., that will be powered by waste byproducts, including that from manure, sewage and plant material.

Or, as Mark Murray, Microsoft general manager of corporate communications, put it in a tweet: “Shit happens, so we may as well use it!”

The pilot project is MIcrosoft’s “first zero carbon data center — called the Data Plant — that will be completely independent of the grid and will recycle common waste bi-products to sustainably power cloud services,” according to a company blog post.

The data center will use a biogas-fed stationary fuel cell from FuelCell Energy, which converts biogas into power at the site where the biogas is generated, according to FuelCell Energy.

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